The Graduate Certificate in Health Administration is an 18-unit program offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. This course is not offered for full-time study.

The course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Health Administration, the Master of Health Administration and the Master of Science (Health Administration), and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the four awards.

If the core and option requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Health Administration have been satisfied, it is available as an exit award from the Graduate Diploma in Health Administration, the Master of Health Administration and the Master of Science (Health Administration).

Note: Students who commenced the Graduate Certificate in Health (Health Service Management) award prior to 2008 and who complete the award after the award name change can choose to take their award as either the Graduate Certificate in Health (Health Service Management) or the Graduate Certificate in Health Administration.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution and have not less than two years' professional experience in the health or aged care sector following completion of the degree or equivalent qualification.

However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. Credit may be granted for comparable prior studies.

Credit

Credit may be granted towards completion of the degree for comparable prior studies.

Course aims

The course aims to provide students who are working in health and aged care, whatever their professional background, with the opportunity to acquire deeper knowledge and enhanced skills in health management.

The course builds on the students' current workplace experience and promotes the application of management theories to existing problems. This strong industry focus is aimed at delivering direct benefits to students through knowledge and to workplaces through its application.

The Graduate Certificate will introduce students to some core competencies, successful completion of which will better equip them to carry out management tasks and allow them to proceed to further graduate level coursework.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • apply knowledge of management methods to their practice in managing people and resources
  • appreciate the policy and system dynamics driving change in the health sector
  • enhance their career potential and capacity for life-long learning.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

AUSTRALIAN PROGAM

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Core - Year 1 topics

13.5 units comprising:

HACM9100  Leadership in Health and Aged Care  (4.5 units)
HACM9101  Leading Organisations in Health and Aged Care  (4.5 units)
HACM9102  Financial Management and Economics in Health Care  (4.5 units)

Plus one 4.5 units option topic from the following (or, with the approval of the course coordinator, another appropriate graduate-level topic).

Option - Year 1 topics

Select one of:

HACM9001  Process Redesign and Lean Thinking in Health and Aged Care  (4.5 units)
HACM9002  Clinical Practice Improvement  (4.5 units)
HACM9104  Corporate Communications in Health and Aged Care  (4.5 units)
HACM9105  Project in Rural Health Management  (4.5 units)
HACM9200  Health and Aged Care Systems and Policy (4.5 units)
HACM9201  Health Law and Ethics  (4.5 units)
HACM9202  Safety and Quality in Health Care  (4.5 units)
HACM9204  Health Economics  (4.5 units)
HACM9205  Health Ethics  (4.5 units)
HACM9206  Health Informatics  (4.5 units)

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

Except with permission of the Faculty Board, the program must be completed part-time within four consecutive semesters.

 

SINGAPORE PROGAM

The Graduate Certificate in Health Administration 18-unit progam is also offered in Singapore and is taught in conjunction with Parkway College, Singapore. The course can be completed on a part-time basis over 1 year.

Flinders University delivers the following 4 topics which are taught by a combination of visiting staff from Australia and the UK and local Singaporean teaching staff:

Core - Year 1 topics

18 units comprising:

 HACM9100  Leadership in Health and Aged Care  (4.5 units)
 HACM9101  Leading Organisations in Health and Aged Care  (4.5 units)
 HACM9102  Financial Management and Economics in Health Care  (4.5 units)
 HACM9104  Corporate Communications in Health and Aged Care  (4.5 units)