Master of Business Administration (Healthcare Management)

Deakin University

Program Overview

At Deakin, we recognise that the efficient management and delivery of healthcare will be one of the most pressing challenges facing economies over the coming years.  Jointly run and managed by the Deakin Business School and the School of Medicine, Deakin’s MBA (Healthcare Management) gives you the best of both worlds. Prepare to manage and lead healthcare services in Australia and overseas by undertaking the core of our MBA program plus a tailored set of health units.

Tailor your MBA studies to issues and challenges associated with the healthcare sector. Learn the very latest in business and management thinking then apply your newfound knowledge to healthcare settings.

To excel in a healthcare organisational environment or management role today, you need more than mere business knowledge. A comprehensive understanding of the policy context you work in is vital, along with the skills to formulate and implement strategies that are necessary to operate efficiently and effectively.

Develop the specialised knowledge and skills to manage the growing challenges of our nation's health and provision of healthcare. As a graduate you’ll not only have a deep understanding of health policy and funding context, but also the business end of healthcare delivery, such as financing, marketing and economics.

This course also offers an advanced combination of business insight and healthcare focus to succeed in this critical area of health service delivery.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 44,800


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 70

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Business Administration (Healthcare management), students must attain a total of 16 credit points, consisting of 8 credit points of core units offered by the Faculty of Business and Law and 6 credit points of core units and 2 credit points of elective units offered by the Faculty of Health, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Students are introduced to research tools and techniques in core units of the course where they learn analytic skills and the practical application of those skills in professional contexts. They must also complete advanced level units and a capstone unit that require them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce applied pieces of research with reference to prevailing literature.

Core units

  • Faculty of Business and Law Core
  • The Deakin Advantage: Leadership and Professional Development
  • Strategy and Value Creation ^
  • Financial Decision Making ^
  • The Economic Environment
  • Marketing, Positioning and Consumers ^
  • Business Processes and Technology
  • Leading People in Organisations ^
  • The Deakin Advantage: Capstone

Minimum admission criteria:

  • Bachelor degree in any discipline and two years relevant work experience*, or
  • successful completion of a Masters Qualifying Program (MQP) and two years relevant work experience, or
  • Graduate Certificate in a related discipline and three years relevant work experience, or
  • Graduate Diploma equivalent (professional pathways)
  • Must be in a managerial or professional role with evidence of leading teams, including either direct or indirect reports as a supervisor or manager.

Applicants must demonstrate decision making responsibility in a range of areas including budgetary oversight, staffing and management, involvement in strategy and planning development and operational implementation or other relevant professional experience at senior management, executive or company director level.


For course entry purposes, the following considerations may also be applied:

  • Full-time, minimum 12 months clinical internships taken post-graduation by MBBS/BMBS/MBChB/BDS graduates may be considered equivalent to one year of the required 3 years’ professional work experience.
  • All recognised^ postgraduate medical and/or dental fellowships may be considered as relevant professional work experience (^recognised by their country’s licensing or regulatory bodies).

All applicants must provide the following with their application:

  • current curriculum vitae
  • current contact details of two referees who can be contacted concerning their work experience
  • a one page brief outlining why they believe that their work experience would be valued by their MBA peers

IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
$44,800 for 1 yr full-time AUD

The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

The more complex healthcare service delivery becomes from changing population, disease profile and medical technology, the greater the need for qualified healthcare managers. There is a pressing desire for trained and skilled healthcare executives and leaders in Australia and the Asia-Pacific to lead and manage healthcare service delivery into the future. The Deakin MBA (Healthcare Management) course content has been developed in consultation with industry and by academics with several years of industry experience. With the Deakin MBA (Healthcare Management) qualification in hand you’re well positioned to either progress in your existing healthcare career or embark on a new one as a healthcare manager.

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