Professional Certificate in Health Systems Management

Course GC-HLTHSM (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 25 credit points taken over 6 months part time.


Professor Danny Samson


School of Melbourne Custom Programs


Course Overview:

This in-house customised course has been developed in conjunction with the Victorian Department of Health in relationship to a commercial contract entered between UoM Commercial Ltd and the Victoria Department of Health.

The Professional Certificate in Health Systems Management is an award course of the University of Melbourne. It comprises one 25 point subject that is delivered intensively over a 5 day period.

The course covers a range of content focussed on improvement of the processes and systems of a health industry organisation. It also covers key themes in managing behaviour, culture, leadership and change management in health systems.

Using a mixture of theory, case studies and frameworks, the course combines conceptual thinking with practical skill-building in policy analysis and ethical social research. Course assessment is completed over a number of weeks following course delivery, and is designed to apply the course teaching in a practical and relevant work for professionals in the health sector.

Learning Outcomes:

This program will provide participants with:

  • the necessary conceptual frameworks for solving problems in operations of health systems
  • knowledge in operations management as applied to health systems
  • tools for analysing health system operations against world best practice standards
  • capabilities to use frameworks for diagnosing and specifying improvement initiatives for health systems
  • ability to analyse and specify change management programs in health systems
  • understanding of leadership and management frameworks of leading organisations and how these can be adapted to health systems
  • tools such as lean operations, quality and waste reduction methods
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

To satisfy the requirements of the Professional Certificate in Health Systems Management students must successfully complete 1 core subjects of 25 points.

The core subject is:
MGMT90137 Health Systems Management

Subject Options:

Core Subject

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Entry Requirements:

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
• either
– an undergraduate degree in any discipline, or
– at least ten years of documented relevant work experience in health systems, including at least two years of managerial experience.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking and/or assessing applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
• prior academic qualification and performance; and, if relevant
• the professional experience.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Student Application and Selection Procedure.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Core Participation Requirements:

Professional Certificate in Health System Management welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and degree policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the degree.

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:

Further Study:

Not available

Graduate Attributes:

Graduates should be able to:

  • achieve levels of academic excellence in analysing and diagnosing health system effectiveness and specifying improvement initiatives
  • Integrate across disciplines of organisational change and development, operations management and leadership.
  • demonstrate leadership in applying knowledge gained to improve system effectiveness in health systems and beyond
  • work with a group of culturally diverse staff in health systems and beyond
  • be able to apply concepts of sustainable development in health systems
Professional Accreditation:


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