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Postgraduate | MUR-SHP612-2023

Managing in a Health Care Environment

Understand what it takes to manage in diverse situations or improve your management skills. Consider the unique challenges of health leadership. Learn concepts in change management, motivation, conflict and human resources.

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


15 weeks

Start dates

  • 27 Feb 2023

FEE-HELP available

About this subject

What you'll learn

On successful completion of the subject students should be able to:

  1. discuss management theory, the roles and functions of managers, and core competencies for effective managers in a health care context
  2. analyse and describe organisational behaviour, and the role of the manager in managing motivation, change, and conflict in the health care environment
  3. analyse and explain the relationship between management and consumer and community engagement, managing human resources, and the relationship with organisational outcomes
  4. evaluate the role and function of management in managing organisational stress, information management and project management
  5. apply management theory and current research in practice, and critically reflect upon practice to improve skills and performance
  6. further develop academic and professional communication and writing skills.
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
  • This subject introduces students to management in diverse health care environments. It explores the complexities and challenges of health care management, and examines theoretical and contemporary evidence-based practice perspectives through review of current research. Concepts of managing change, motivation, conflict,  information, human resources, community engagement and organisational behaviour are discussed in the context of Australian health care  organisations. This subject is suitable for health professionals working in leadership and management roles, and those aspiring to do so.

    Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more:

  • The assessment components of this subject are used to provide opportunity for students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, analysis and evaluation skills, and critical reflection and application of theoretical concepts to practice. Additionally, these assessments allow students to further develop academic and professional communication skills. Detailed feedback is provided on both the Oral Presentation and Essay assessments to facilitate student learning and achievement of unit learning outcomes.

    • Oral Presentation (30%)
    • Online Discussion Board (30%)
    • Case Study Essay (40%)
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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • MUR-HCM-MAS-2023 - Master of Health Care Management


Enrolment in a Graduate degree.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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Master of Health Care Management