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Degree details

You will study a wide ranging and diverse base of specialist health management courses. If you are a graduate or manager in health and aged care services and you want to develop your skills and understanding of contemporary health service management issues, this program will help you achieve your goals. Through flexible teaching and research options, you will learn about key areas of health sector policy, governance, operations and evidence-based practice management.

You will develop skills and knowledge in current management theory and practice, develop your leadership skills and style and gain an in-depth understanding of health workforce planning. You will also learn about managing human resources, planning and implementing health programs, and managing performance and health budgets from respected industry practitioners and academics. Additionally, you will develop skills in strategic decision making and change management and an understanding of the role of technology in health management.

Through a project directly relevant to your organisation's strategic direction, you will develop research and project management skills.

The program will advance your career in Australia and overseas in the area of improved health systems and services within aged care services, hospitals, primary care, health departments, health insurance companies, and other healthcare facilities in the public, private, not-for-profit, government and non-government health sectors.

Roles where you can apply your knowledge and skills include health information, planning, clinical and practice management, director roles, and quality and safety management.

This degree is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).

Professional recognition

Students who complete this degree may be eligible for membership to the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).

Higher education

To apply for admission into the Master of Health Services Management, a student should:

  • hold a suitable bachelors degree in a related field (Public Health, Health Services Management, Environmental Health, Allied Health, Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, Clinical, Research and Biomedical Health) OR
  • hold a suitable Level 8 qualification (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor Honours Degree) in a related field (Public Health; Health Services Management; Environmental Health; Allied Health, Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, Clinical, Research and Biomedical Health). Students admitted with one of these qualifications will be admitted to the Master of Health Services Management with Advanced Standing and required to complete an 80 credit points Masters OR
  • have completed one of the following Graduate Certificates* offered by the School of Medicine:
    • Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics (3279)
    • Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management (3082)
    • Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management (3203)
    • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership (3280)

[*] Students applying for admission via this pathway may be eligible for Advanced Standing or specified credit of up to 40 credit points depending on courses completed in the Graduate Certificate program.

Work and Life

Applicants with extensive experience in health services management who do not hold qualifications listed in the requirement s above may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management, Graduate Certificate of Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership, with progress to the Master of Health Services Management being dependent on a minimum pass grade in all courses.

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Students who successfully complete the Direct Entry Program (DEP) will satisfy the English Language requirements for this Griffith degree.

Applicants should refer to the English language requirements section of the following University policy for exceptions to these overall requirements:

Practicum placement

There are placements associated with this degree. 

Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:

Award Requirements

To be eligible for the award of Master of Health Services Management (MHServMgt), a student must acquire 120 credit points as prescribed below:

  • Standard pathway:
    • gain 80 credit points for prescribed courses;
    • gain 40 credit points for elective courses (with at least 30 credit points from Elective List A).
  • Professional pathway:
    • gain 80 credit points for prescribed courses;
    • gain 40 credit points for work-integrated learning courses.
  • Dissertation pathway:
    • gain 60 credit points for prescribed courses;
    • gain 20 credit points for elective courses (with at least 10 credit points from Elective List A);
    • gain 40 credit points for dissertation courses.

This degree/s may be awarded with Distinction where a student achieves a minimum program GPA of 6.5 with no failed courses. The words 'This award was achieved with Distinction' will be recorded on the testamur and will appear below the conferral date of the award.