The Master of Business Administration (Health) requires the completion of 54 units of study. It can be completed in 1.5 years of full-time study (or equivalent part time). The course is part of the Graduate Program in Business Administration offered by the Flinders Business School in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

This specialisation articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Health) specialisation, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration may receive credit for up to 36 units of topics towards the Master's degree depending on the topics previously taken.

Alternatively, students enrolled directly in the Masters program may choose only to meet the requirements for the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma and exit with that qualification.

Admission requirements

Applicants for the Master of Business Administration (Health) specialisation will normally hold a bachelor degree in a health-related field or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution plus at least 4 years professional experience working in the health or aged care industries.

Applicants with a bachelor degree in a health-related field and at least 3 years' experience in the health or aged care industry and who study part-time (and thus add to professional experience whilst studying) can also apply for the Master of Business Administration (Health).

Applicants who satisfy the work experience requirement but are without a prior degree may apply through the pathway of the Graduate Certificate and the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration depending on the topics previously taken.

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

Course aims

The course is designed to provide a strong foundation of business knowledge, skills and attitudes to support ethical, global business management of organisations including private sector business organisations, not-for-profit organisations and public organisations. Through experiential learning techniques students will develop knowledge and skills to conduct independent research, carry out industry and discipline related projects, with an emphasis on the health sector, and relate their learning to their individual business experience.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the MBA (Health) will be able to:

  • Explain the role of and apply economics, accounting, financial management, human resource management and marketing knowledge and skills in decision making and management of organisations.
  • Recognise the potential impact of local and global economic conditions and events, with emphasis on the Asia Pacific region, on the operations and strategic management of organisations.
  • Apply sound financial management techniques and analytical skills to authentic operations and strategic management issues of organisations.
  • Apply contemporary strategic management practices compatible with organisational sustainability, ethical behaviour and effective workforce relations.
  • Describe a range of research methods useful in the conduct of industry and organisation based projects, and discuss their benefits and limitations.
  • Work both individually and in groups to conduct business research and critically evaluate the findings to solve business related problems.
  • Present theoretical concepts and complex ideas in both written and verbal formats appropriate for a range of stakeholder audiences.
  • Relate and apply their knowledge and skills to the health sector.

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Business Administration (Health) specialisation, a student must complete 54 units (12 topics) with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below, unless credit is granted for previous study.

Core - Year 1 topics 

Semester 1

 BUSN9226  Accounting for Managers  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9229  Sustainability and Ethics in Management  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9230  Economics for Business  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9248  Managing People  (4.5 units)*

Semester 2

 BUSN9227  Financial Management  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9228  Strategic Marketing  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9231  Global Business Context: An Asia Pacific Focus  (4.5 units)*
 HACM9101  Leading Organisations in Health and Aged Care  (4.5 units)
 HACM9200  Health and Aged Care Systems and Policy  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

Semester 1

 BUSN9261  Strategic Management (4.5 units)*
 HACM9303  Management Project  (4.5 units)

plus 4.5 units of option topic

Option - Year 1 & 2 topics

Students must complete 4.5 units selected from the following:

 HACM9201  Health Law and Ethics (4.5 units)
 HACM9202  Safety and Quality in Health Care  (4.5 units)
 HACM9206  Health Informatics  (4.5 units)
 HACM9207  Health and Aged Care Operations Management  (4.5 units)

Or other topics as approved by the Program Director

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