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Master of Health Care Management (MHCM)


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Title Master of Health Care Management (MHCM)
Course Code M1217
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
School School of Health Professions
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Associate Professor Vicki Cope | Email: V.Cope@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2530

Qualification Master of Health Care Management (MHCM)
Duration 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (external)
Some units only: Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This course aims to cultivate excellence in quality, leadership and management in health professionals working in Quality, Safety, Risk and Middle Management roles in acute, community, mental health, primary and aged care public and private sectors. Students will, on completion of the course, have the capacity and capability of applying these skills in a range of management positions and become leaders and champions of change. Innovative and creative elective units are designed to allow different disciplines to focus on their areas of speciality.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Completion of a Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent in a health discipline. Preparation for the course through previous study or professional experiences will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements Access to adequate library resources and to the Internet is essential for external students.
The purpose of this course is to prepare individuals to apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of health-care contexts for professional practice or scholarship and as a pathway for further learning.

Graduates will have
* a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent and contemporary developments in Health Management, Quality, Safety and Leadership.

Graduates of this course will have:
* cognitive skills to demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice, and scholarship;
* cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse, and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice;
* cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts;
* communication skills, and technical research skills, to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders;
* practical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship.

Graduates of this course will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
* by applying initiative to situations in a work setting and/or for further learning;
* with the capability to operate with a high degree of personal autonomy and accountability;
* to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and /or piece of scholarship.
Employment Prospects Enhanced quality, safety and management skills acquired will position students to meet consumer expectations of the healthcare system and to fulfil industry demand for increased middle management skills, mentoring, supervision and coaching skills in order to enhance the quality of services. Positions such as Accreditation Coordinator, Quality Manager, Quality and Risk Manager are essential within health services, particularly the private and aged care sectors, for their accreditation. Successful completion of this course will put graduates in a favourable position to fill such roles.
Main research areas Health, quality and management
Advanced Standing Up to 12 credit points of advanced standing is available to students who have completed a Level 8 Graduate Certificate or a Bachelors degree with Honours.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 36 credit points

University regulations require completion of a minimum of 24 points at 600-level and up to 12 points at 500-level for a 36 point Masters by Coursework degree.

Core Units - 33 credit points

SHP501 Safety and Quality in Health Care - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

SHP612 Managing in a Health Care Environment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

SHP511 Leadership in Health Care - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

SHP632 Applied Health Research Methods: From Research to Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
MANDURAH: S2-external

SHP603 Applied Health Services Project - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

SHP602 Human Factors: The Impact on Patient Safety - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external

SHP510 Bioethics and Law for Health Care Leadership - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

SHP639 Financial Management in Health Care - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

SHP541 Health Policy in an Australian Context - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

SHP604 Reflective Practice in Health Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

SHP638 Health Care Education - 3 points
Not available this year

MBS689 Risk Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: SUM-internal, SUM-external, U-internal, U-external

SHP641 Clinical Governance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

EDU616 Teaching, Learning and Working in Culturally Diverse Environments - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

MBS685 Project Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, W-internal, W-external

Or 600-level units from related coursework Masters, subject to the approval of the Academic Chair.

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