Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management - 2018

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

Course summary

Course summary - 2018

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Number of units: 8 units to complete

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The Graduate Diploma of Health Industry management is designed for clinicians, managers and administrators who wish to up skill in areas of leadership and management, quality and safety, health economics, health policy, health systems as well as planning and evaluating health services. Students gain practical leadership and management skills that can be translated to the workplace, allowing them to lead and manage high performing teams in the healthcare environment.

This course develops students ability to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate systems of health care delivery. It is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for senior administrative and planning positions in hospitals and other health service areas. It is aimed at both health professionals intending to acquire management and administrative skills and non health professionals seeking a career in health administration.

This course is designed to develop an understanding of health industry management with a workplace focus. It enables students to:

  1. apply knowledge in the area of health administration
  2. think creatively, critically and reflectively to generate innovative solutions for decision making in health care systems
  3. access and critically analyse information drawn from multiple sources effectively
  4. communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the audience or situation
  5. use current technologies applicable to health care organisations effectively
  6. demonstrate effective self management skills
  7. provide ethical and professional standards of health service management with sensitivity to political, social, cultural, geographical, technological and global influences
  8. work and collaborate effectively in a team and develop leadership skills.


As this course is designed as a specialisation, applicants need to have completed an undergraduate degree or equivalent, preferably in health disciplines, education or behavioural sciences from a recognised tertiary institution.


Work Experience

Entry may be granted to applicants who do not have an academic qualification but who have a minimum of five years relevant health industry experience.

Note: Applicants applying based on work experience are required to satisfy Curtin’s English language requirements. For further information, please visit

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results.

Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management students must complete 8 units or equivalent.

The unit content and additional resources are available on the Internet. Online, you will be able to access resources such as subject discussion boards, weblinks, journal articles and electronic copies of study guide topics.

As this course is taught online, you will need easy and frequent access to a computer with the internet and email.

Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Organisation of Health Care Systems
HTHM502 CUR Sess 1 - -
Health Policy and Decision Making
HTHM801 CUR Sess 1 - -
Leadership In Health Care
HTHM504 CUR Sess 1 - -
Introduction to Health Economics
HTHM802 CUR Sess 1 - -
Principles of Health Planning and Evaluation
HTHM803 CUR - Sess 2 -
Safety and Quality in Health Care
HTHM503 CUR - Sess 2 -
Health Research Methods
MPH401 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -

Plus complete one unit from the elective units listed below

Complete 1 unit from the following 12 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries
INH120 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
International Nutrition
INH130 CUR Sess 1 - -
Sexually Transmissible Infection and HIV: International Perspectives
INH140 CUR - Sess 2 -
Foundations of Public Health
MPH404 CUR Sess 1 - -
Environmental Health Management
MPH405 CUR - Sess 2 -
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
MPH406 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Health Impact Assessment
MPH509 CUR - Sess 2 -
Politics and Power in Public Health
MPH515 CUR - Sess 2 -
Environmental Health Risk Assessment
MPH516 CUR Sess 1 - -
Introduction to Health Promotion
MPH522 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Public Health Special Topics
MPH585 CUR Coming in 2019
Public Health Response to Climate Change
MPH682 CUR Coming in 2019

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from to along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit

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You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

2018 Course Changes

Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management

The unit HTHM601 Strategic and Operational Health Management has replaced unit HTHM802 Introduction to Health Economics as core unit in the Core 3 stream. The unit HTHM802 Introduction to Health Economics has become an elective unit. Students who have completed HTHM802 as a core unit prior to 2018 will have it counted towards their degree.

MPH405 Environmental Health Management, MPH406 Epidemiology and Biostatistics and MPH509 Health Impact Assessment have been removed from the Elective stream of this course. If you have completed any of these units as your Elective prior to 2018, it will be counted towards your degree.

Students who are admitted to the course from the 28th of September, 2017 must follow the new structure.

For further enquiries, please contact the course coordinator Abby Mosedale via email at

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