Master of Health Industry Management - 2017

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

The 2018 course information for this course is now available. View 2018 course details.

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 11 units to complete

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The Health Industry Management course is designed to enhance the skills of those who have, or wish to progress to, leadership and management responsibilities in the health industry. The content is directed to participants' current roles, directions and career aspirations.

Students can study towards a range of qualifications in this course. Students can exit after four units and receive the Graduate Certificate, after eight units for the Graduate Diploma and twelve units for the Master of Health Industry Management.

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

  1. apply extensive knowledge in the area of health service management; the ability to contribute to evidence based practice through research
  2. think creatively, critically and reflectively to generate innovative solutions for decision making in health service organizations
  3. access and critically analyse effectively, information drawn from multiple sources
  4. communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the audience or situation
  5. use current technologies applicable to health care organizations 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 Master of Health Industry Management students must complete 11 units (10 single units, 1 double unit) of study as listed in the course structure, 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.


Please Note: Some exceptions may apply to your choice of units. This must be discussed with the Academic Coordinator prior to enrolment.

Total number of units to complete: 9 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Strategic and Operational Health Management
HTHM601 CUR - Sess 2 -
Health Sciences Research Project
MPH6001 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Introduction to Health Economics
HTHM802 CUR Sess 1 - -
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 - -
Safety and Quality in Health Care
HTHM503 CUR - Sess 2 -
Health Research Methods
MPH401 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Principles of Health Planning and Evaluation
HTHM803 CUR - Sess 2 -

1 Double unit

Plus complete 2 units from the elective units listed below

Complete 2 units from the following 5 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
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 -

MPH511 Media Impact on Public Health used to be an option in this stream. If you have completed this unit, it will be counted towards your degree.

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

For further information, please contact

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

2016 Course Changes

The Master of Health Industry Management has undergone a major change in 2016.

The unit HTHM602 Financial Management in Health will be withdrawn at the end of 2015. Students who have completed the unit will have it counted in their degree. Students who have not completed HTHM602 Financial Management in Health will complete 9 core units (including one double unit) and choose 2 elective units from the present elective unit list. 

2014 Course Changes

In Session 2 2014, Curtin University will introduce a new version of the Master of Health Industry Management and Graduate Diploma/Certificate in Health Industry Management. Students in the current version will be able to complete their course. Completion may involve minor changes for some students. Some students may be able to transfer to the new version of the course.

The following notes are provided to assist students in the current courses with the minor changes necessary to complete the course.

Master of Health Industry Management

The following units will be withdrawn at the end of Session 1, 2014

  • HTHM501 Communication for Health
  • HTHM701 Research Methodologies in Health
  • HTHM702 Health Inquiry A
  • HTHM703 Health Inquiry B
  • HTHM603 Introduction to Health Informatics

Students who have completed these units will have them counted towards their degree. For students who have not completed the above units, the following minor changes are needed as a consequence.

Core Units
MPH401 Health Research Methods will replace HTHM701 Research Methodologies in Health. Students who have passed HTHM701 will have it counted to their degree and should not enrol in MPH401.
MPH600 Research Project (a double, 50 credit unit) will replace both HTHM702 Health Inquiry A and HTHM703 Health Inquiry B. Students who have completed both HTHM702 and HTHM703 will have them counted to their degree and should not enrol in MPH600. Students who have completed only HTHM702 should contact the course coordinator Caroline Yates ( ) to make alternative arrangements.

Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management

The unit HTHM501 Communication for Health has been withdrawn. Students who have passed HTHM501 will have it counted in their degree. Students who have not passed should enrol in MPH401 Health Research Methods.

Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management

The unit HTHM501 Communication for Health has been withdrawn. Students who have completed HTHM501 will have it counted towards their degree. Students who have not completed HTHM501 should choose one of the following units:

  • HTHM803 Health Planning and Evaluation
  • HTHM801 Health Policy
  • HTHM802 Health Economics

For further enquiries, please contact the course coordinator Caroline Yates via email on .

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