The Master of Business Administration (Health) requires the completion of 54 units of study. It can be completed in 1.5 years of full-time study (or equivalent part time). The course is part of the Graduate Program in Business Administration offered by the College of Business, Government and Law.
This specialisation articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Health) specialisation, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.
Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Flinders University may receive credit for up to 36 units of topics towards the Master's degree depending on the topics previously taken.
Alternatively, students enrolled directly in the Masters program may choose only to meet the requirements for the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma and exit with that qualification.
Applicants for the Master of Business Administration (Health) specialisation must:
- hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution and have not less than 4 years full-time professional experience working in the health or aged care sector following the degree or equivalent qualification; or
- hold a bachelor degree in a health-related field and have at least 3 years' experience in the health or aged care industry and intend to study part-time (and thus add to professional experience whilst studying); and
- take part in an interview.
Applicants who satisfy the work experience requirement but are without a prior degree may apply through the pathway of the Flinders Graduate Certificate and the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration depending on the topics previously taken.
The Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The course is designed to provide a strong foundation of business knowledge, skills and attitudes to support ethical, global business management of organisations including private sector business organisations, not-for-profit organisations and public organisations. Through experiential learning techniques students will develop knowledge and skills to conduct independent research, carry out industry and discipline related projects, with an emphasis on the health sector, and relate their learning to their individual business experience.
Graduates of the MBA (Health) will be able to:
- Explain the role of and apply economics, accounting, financial management, human resource management and marketing knowledge and skills in decision making and management of organisations.
- Recognise the potential impact of local and global economic conditions and events, with emphasis on the Asia Pacific region, on the operations and strategic management of organisations.
- Apply sound financial management techniques and analytical skills to authentic operations and strategic management issues of organisations.
- Apply contemporary strategic management practices compatible with organisational sustainability, ethical behaviour and effective workforce relations.
- Describe a range of research methods useful in the conduct of industry and organisation based projects, and discuss their benefits and limitations.
- Work both individually and in groups to conduct business research and critically evaluate the findings to solve business related problems.
- Present theoretical concepts and complex ideas in both written and verbal formats appropriate for a range of stakeholder audiences.
- Relate and apply their knowledge and skills to the health sector.
Program of study
To qualify for the Master of Business Administration (Health) specialisation, a student must complete 54 units (12 topics) with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below, unless credit is granted for previous study.
Core - Year 1 topics
36 units comprising
BUSN9226 Accounting for Managers (4.5 units)*
BUSN9227 Financial Management (4.5 units)*
BUSN9228 Strategic Marketing (4.5 units)*
BUSN9230 Economics for Business (4.5 units)*
BUSN9233 Data Analysis for Decision Making (4.5 units)*
BUSN9236 Leadership: Theory, Practice and Experience (4.5 units)
HACM9101 Leading Organisations in Health and Aged Care (4.5 units)
HACM9200 Health and Aged Care Systems and Policy (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
13.5 units comprising:
BUSN9231 Global Business Context: An Asia Pacific Focus (4.5 units)*
BUSN9261 Strategic Management (4.5 units)*
HACM9303 Management Project (4.5 units)
Option - Year 2 topics
Plus 4.5 units of option topics selected from the following:
HACM9201 Health Law and Ethics (4.5 units)
HACM9202 Safety and Quality in Health Care (4.5 units)
HACM9206 Health Informatics (4.5 units)
HACM9207 Health and Aged Care Operations Management (4.5 units)
Or other topics as approved by the Program Director
* Also available online. BUSN9233 Data Analysis for Decision Making is only available online in Semester 2. However it is available face-to-face in Semester 1.