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Start date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2020: AUD$ 28,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
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Degree overview

  • Advance into leadership and management positions across the diverse health and ageing sectors.

  • Benefit from flexible study options through online and on-campus learning so you can advance your career while you study.

  • Study a unique blend of health and business courses for a contemporary health management focus.

  • Opportunities to partner with industry while completing a major project targeting real world health management issues.

  • Study a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Business, Management, and Public Health and Health Services1

  • Shorten the duration of your studies with advanced standing or credit if you have a relevant qualification.  

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)


Health Services Management students

If you are a health or medical professional looking to develop and enhance your leadership, management and business skills, this Master degree may be for you. Make a difference to the health or aged care sector through development of policies that positively influence the provision of care for our communities.

Professionals working in aligned industries, such as engineering, accounting or ICT, may also find this a rewarding and relevant pathway to roles in health management.

In two years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) you’ll be equipped for management roles in the health and aged care sectors. You may be eligible for credit with relevant health or business qualifications which would reduce the time you study to 1.5 years.

For experienced managers and leaders this Master degree allows you to strengthen your experience, skills and knowledge with a formal qualification.

What you'll learn

Health services management students

This Master degree is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in management, administration, leadership, project management, strategic management, financial management and more.

Studying a unique blend of health and business courses will help you succeed in a health management role.

You will develop skills and knowledge to:

  • Provide the overall strategic direction and management for a service, facility, organisation or centre
  • Work in senior levels of management influencing high-level organisation, financial and administrative decisions
  • Prepare for leadership roles in health within Australia and internationally
  • Develop and strengthen project management processes to plan, manage, execute and deliver successful projects
  • Develop competencies in designing rigorous quantitative research to inform health care knowledge, practice, and policy
  • Undertake administrative operations such as reporting and budget planning
  • Understand business analytics, the accounting environment and health economics within organisations

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
People, Leadership and Performance BUSS 5114 4.5
Responsible Leadership in Health HLTH 5196 4.5
Quantitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5152 4.5
Workplace Health and Safety Management BUSS 5399 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Workplace Learning and Development BUSS 5069 4.5
Project Management for Business BUSS 5139 4.5
Managing Change BUSS 5065 4.5
Financial and Economic Management for Health and Aged Care HLTH 5193 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Service Management BUSS 5428 4.5
Business Analytics and the Data-driven Organisation INFS 5117 4.5
Business Ethics BUSS 5384 4.5
Strategy for Health and Aged Care Managers
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Performance Review and Health Economics HLTH 5195 4.5
Health Ethics HLTH 5002 4.5
Capstone in Health Services Management HLTH 5194 9

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • case studies and reports
  • oral or online presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • quizzes
  • real-world problem-solving exercises
  • examinations
  • an industry-based project
  • a journal or portfolio

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Master of Health Services Management

Why this Degree

This new postgraduate qualification is a great option if you are a health professional looking to take the next step in your career by combining health and business for a contemporary health management focus.

This qualification is ideal if you want the flexibility and convenience that comes with blended on-campus and online learning – we offer accessible digital learning facilities and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way. 

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation (2018), 100 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. Our above world-class research in Public Health and Health Services1 informs the courses you will study, and as part of your management courses2, you’ll be learning at a Business School ranked in the top 1% worldwide3, and internationally recognised for excellence in teaching, education and research. We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine.

It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
2Students should note that some management courses in this degree are taught at our City West campus.
3UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 174 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,521 business schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017.

Real-world connections

Learn from industry-experienced researchers and academics across health and business, giving you the opportunity to build valuable industry networks and relationships. As part of your capstone course in Health Services Management, you may be able to deliver a health service relevant project completed with an industry partner or your employer. This project will allow you to develop and apply your skills in areas including project management, health service planning or ethical considerations in health service management.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Executive Partner Program

UniSA’s Executive Partner Program is a unique mentoring program, which provides students with an opportunity to be matched with a senior executive with proven leadership and managerial expertise and extensive business networks. Partners have worked for companies such as Alcoa, BP, Commonwealth Bank, CSR, ExxonMobil, Mitsubishi and SA Health.

Career outcomes

Your career

As an experienced health professional, the Master of Health Services Management will provide you with an advanced postgraduate qualification, preparing you for a range of leadership and management positions in the health and ageing sectors.

Graduates can work in a wide variety of health and ageing settings in senior leadership roles such as:

  • clinical manager
  • practice manager
  • aged care manager
  • health and welfare services manager
  • medical or hospital administrator
  • primary health organization manager

Industry facts


Employment for health therapy professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 21,600 (25.2 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


Healthcare and social assistance is a strongly growing industry. As Australia's largest employing industry it employs more than 1.5 million and accounts for 13 per cent of workers1.

1ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

The Master of Health Service Management offers you the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in contemporary health management theory and practice, develop your leadership skills and gain an in-depth understanding of health workforce planning. Additionally, you will develop skills in strategic decision-making, learn about managing human resources, planning and implementing health programs, and managing health budgets from respected industry practitioners and academics.

Prof Mark Mackay

Program Director

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Prof Mark Mackay

Program Director


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