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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)
Organisational Unit Nursing
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Master of Health Care Management (MHCM)
Duration 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Murdoch University Dubai (UAE) ['DUBAI-ISC'] (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.
Course Learning Outcomes CL01
Apply recent and contemporary developments in Health Care Management, Quality, Safety and Leadership to a range of problems and scenarios

Analyse information to demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge in theory, practice and scholarship

Select and exercise appropriate communication skills for technical and research contexts
Interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions for specialist and non-specialist stakeholders
Apply initiative to situations in a work setting and/or for further learning
Model the capability for personal autonomy and accountability in a professional setting
Design and execute a research-based project, and /or related 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 - 36 credit points

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

SHP612 Managing in a Health Care Environment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal
OUA: S1-external

SHP511 Leadership in Health Care - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
OUA: 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: S1-external, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
OUA: S2-external

SHP603 Applied Health Services Project - 6 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, Y-internal, Y-external
DUBAI-ISC: TS21-internal, TS32-internal


SHP605 Health Care Management Research Project - 9 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external

SHP602 Human Factors: The Impact on Patient Safety - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-internal
OUA: S2-external

SHP510 Bioethics and Law for Health Care Leadership - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
OUA: S2-external

SHP639 Financial Management in Health Care - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
OUA: S1-external

SHP541 Health Policy in Australia and Beyond - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external
OUA: S1-external, S2-external

SHP604 Reflective Practice in Health Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal
OUA: S2-external

Specified Electives - 0 to 3 credit points

If completing the 6 credit point project, students may select from the following:

SHP638 Health Care Education - 3 points
Not available this year

SHP641 Clinical Governance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external
OUA: S1-external

EDU616 Teaching, Learning and Working in Culturally Diverse Environments - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal
OUA: S2-external

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

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