Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs

Degrees and coursework: Health Administration, Policy and Leadership

The Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs offers a 2-year Master’s degree, a 6-month Graduate Certificate and Short Courses in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (HAPL).
These pan-University programs provide the key multidisciplinary skills needed to address the complex challenges facing today's health sector. Students have the choice to specialise in health administration and leadership; evaluation and policy; or informatics and analytics.

You can download the brochure of our Health Administration, Policy and Leadership programs here (please note course codes have now changed)

Why study Health Administration, Policy and Leadership?
Health is one of Australia's largest industries and is also WA's largest employment sector. International trends suggest an increasing demand for executives, managers, professionals, administrators and analysts. Graduates will be qualified to seek careers in pharmaceutical and medical devices firms, health insurers, regulatory agencies, hospitals, integrated care organisations, health ministries, health departments, and other governmental agencies, as well as universities and commercial research organisations.

Why study with us?
Industry relevant
Our programs are designed with employers’ needs in mind, as identified by our Advisory Board. Many units involve current industry experts, representing major Australian health employers, delivering guest lecturers. The Masters allows students to acquire professional experience through case study projects, internships and research as well as to undertake international exchanges.
Study intensively and in flexible formats
Many classes are offered in the evenings, on weekends or in intensive blocks (i.e. over 4 days). Some units are also available for online study.
Specialise in your area of preference
The programs offer students the chance to specialise in the areas of administration and leadership; evaluation and policy; or health informatics and analytics, or to take a non-specialised route, as they prefer.
Benefit from small-size classes
The classes are taught in small seminars, guest lecturers and workshops, which aim to provide students with the care and support they need.
Accreditation
The Masters is recommended as an approved course by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

Career Opportunities
Graduates will be qualified to seek careers in pharmaceutical and medical devices firms, health insurers, regulatory agencies, hospitals, integrated care organisations, health ministries, health departments, and other governmental agencies, as well as universities and commercial research organisations. 

Are these programs right for you?
HAPL programs are particularly aimed at:
- Established professionals with health care expertise, looking to acquire in-depth managerial and leadership skills to progress in their career
- Graduates with a Bachelors degree or equivalent in related disciplines (e.g. social sciences, business, medicine, nursing and biology etc.), looking to acquire industry-relevant skills for the health sector
- Graduates from other fields looking for a career change

Available degrees in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership 

Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (Murdoch course code: M1267)
The Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership is an internationally-oriented multidisciplinary program focussed on health administration, policy, leadership and management, economics, law, epidemiology, informatics and communications for future health-industry leaders. The degree features specialisations in Policy and Evaluation, Administration and Leadership, and Informatics and Analytics.

Eligible students can apply to study a semester abroad. Our faculty has recently signed an exchange study agreement with the University of Bologna. You can find information on the agreement here and read about exchange opportunities here.

The Masters is recommended as an approved course by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

A Masters degree is 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent. Students with previous tertiary qualifications or professional experience may qualify for advanced standing.

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Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (Murdoch course code C1136)
The Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership will provide a conceptual, strategic and practical toolkit for current and future health sector professionals and leaders. Students can specialise in Policy and Evaluation, Administration and Leadership, or Informatics and Analytics. This will build capacity for those already employed in the health sector, while enhancing the value of those seeking a career in the industry.

As most classes are offered intensively in both internal and external format, the entire certificate can be completed in six months.

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What will you get out of the programs?
• An appreciation of the administrative, policy, legal, economic and social challenges of equitable and efficient healthcare delivery
• An in-depth understanding of the interdependence of local, national and international healthcare challenges
• The ability to manage and administer a health care organisation, following ethical standards
• The capacity to develop, implement and evaluate health policies and programs
• Analytical skills to apply data sciences to improve health care delivery and financing

Our Specialisations


The Masters and the Graduate Certificate students can specialise in three areas:

• Administration and Leadership
• Informatics and Analytics
• Policy and Evaluation

Administration and Leadership
Health administrators plan, direct, organize and oversee the delivery of health and social services in a range of settings, including hospitals and health care organisations.
This specialisation provides skills in health administration, finance, accounting, strategic and project management and leadership for future health-industry leaders.

Informatics and Analytics
The Internet and new communication media have enabled completely new approaches to be promulgated in many aspects of health systems. Health informatics is a scientific discipline involving the management of health care data, information and knowledge.
This specialisation focuses on providing specialised skills in health informatics and analytics, which are essential to navigating the complexity of the healthcare sector, while informing and supporting evidence based decision making, nationally and internationally.

Policy and Evaluation
Policy analysts are concerned with the development and evaluation of policies to improve the functioning of the health care delivery systems.
This specialisation focuses on providing skills in health policy and governance, together with health programs evaluation and assessments to inform decision making and priority setting in the Australian and international context.

Short Courses

We offer health professionals the possibility to enrol in short courses. Generally, these courses consist of three or four full-day workshops. Participants can enrol non for credit or for credit, if they wish to be assessed and gain credits towards eligible postgraduate qualifications.

Available Short Courses in 2017:

Short Course in Health Economics and Finance ( July 2017)

Short Course in Strategic Health Leadership and Management (July 2017)

Flexible study options

Courses can be studied full-time or part-time, with units offered in evening timeslots and weekends throughout the semester. Units may also be completed in intensive blocks. All classes are delivered in small group seminars and workshops, augmented by online delivery, to fit the demanding lifestyle of a postgraduate student.

Course Fees

Course fees vary by program and units selected.


The Annual fees for 2017 are as follows:

Master Course

Domestic students:
from $20,520 for a full-time load (24 credit points) per calendar year; average $2565 per unit.

International students:
from $32,025 (Australian dollars) for a full-time load (24 credit points) per calendar year; average $4,003 per unit.

Graduate Certificate program is $11,880 for domestic students and $20,520 (Australian dollars) for international students, for the full course of four units (6 months full time).

For more accurate and current course fee information, please refer to the Course Fee Calculator on the Student Handbook website.

Commencement dates

Courses commence annually in February for Semester 1 and August for Semester 2.

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