Online MBA Health Management
2 years part-time
$4,578 per course
The University of Adelaide 100% online Master of Business Administration (Health Management) has been co-designed by esteemed business, economics and health experts to provide a flexible pathway to transformational growth.
Build the confidence to lead, expand your network, and advance your career—all on your terms. You will emerge with the vision and confidence to drive real organisational, industry or even societal change.
Our innovative online learning environment has all the support, networking and flexibility your busy work and family life demands. Open doors and apply now for an online MBA (Health Management) with South Australia’s leading university for graduate employability*.
*QS Graduate Employability Ranking, 2020.
Your MBA online experience
Enhance your performance in every aspect of health-care leadership, and change how you think about your own potential. Here’s how it works:
100% online: Save time and complete your postgraduate program whenever it works for you, from any Internet-connected device.
Focused learning: Minimise multi-tasking and regularly achieve goals by studying one course in 6-week teaching blocks. You have the flexibility to start when you’re ready and scale back if you need.
World-leading education: Study with a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of 8 research-intensive universities and leverage the University of Adelaide's world-class health and biotech expertise.
Continuous support: You’ll have access to our expert advisors for academic, personal and career support from day one and every step of the way.
What skills will you gain?
Acquire qualities that will truly set you apart, such as:
- socially responsible and future-focused health management, leadership and entrepreneurial skills
- in-depth understanding of health-care economics and the industry’s key challenges and solutions
- the ability to influence internal and government stakeholders
- the capacity to set, adapt and achieve enterprise-wide objectives
- highly developed capabilities in collaboration, interpersonal communication, and staff motivation
- high-level skills in innovation, business strategy, marketing, and systems thinking
- a thorough grasp of how to employ basic and applied research to support sustainable business growth.
Your career path
Create vast career opportunities by supplementing your technical skills with in-demand management abilities. Transform health-care delivery with a new venture, spearhead internal efficiencies or foster innovative approaches to old problems.
Our online MBA (Health Management) will equip you to lead in virtually any health context—a private company, government department or non-government setting anywhere in the world. The qualities and skills you gain will be transferable to many sectors, including:
- hospital and clinic management
- residential care
- oral health
- health promotion
- allied and community health
- private health insurance
Wherever your career takes you, our proven academic quality will ensure you’re recognised.
Leadership and Influencing - MANAGEMT 7123OL
The types of challenges that business leaders face today need individuals, including ourselves, to change. Understanding yourself is therefore paramount.
In this subject, you will explore your leadership story, philosophy, and areas for improvement.
Using current development models, you will deepen your intellectual and emotional self-awareness. You will also learn how to adapt your leadership style, tools and behaviours to motivate your entire team.
Accounting and Financial Management - MANAGEMT 7126OL
The purpose of this course is to improve your financial literacy and your capacity to assess the financial performance of an organisation.
You will be introduced to the language and key concepts of accounting including:
- time value of money
- capital budgeting
- risk-return paradigm
- financing capital expenditure.
You will grow your foundational knowledge of balance sheets, cash flow reports and earnings statements.
Marketing for Managers - MANAGEMT 7124OL
Generating revenue, no matter the source or sector, requires marketing. This course offers an introduction to the purpose, nature and roles of the marketing discipline and how it applies to managers.
This course will equip you with the skills to:
- evaluate markets
- uncover consumer and buyer behaviour
- target specific opportunities
- keep adjacent functions customer orientated.
Entrepreneurial Mindset - MANAGEMT 7125OL
An entrepreneurial mindset is now essential for more than just those in the start-up sector. This course will enable you to cultivate and evaluate profitable opportunities, no matter the business setting. The aim of this course is to empower you with the entrepreneurial attitude and skill set, such as:
- the ability to recognise opportunities
- fluid and adaptive decision-making skills
- the agility to experiment and problem solve
- the resilience to navigate ambiguity and uncertainty
- a strong bias to action.
Innovation Management - MANAGEMT 7127OL
Innovative enterprises outperform their non-innovative counterparts in terms of growth, financial performance, and employment. This course will equip managers with the know-how and tools to create, develop and manage breakthrough innovations. This course primarily explores the ways to turn ideas into successful outputs.
Managing People and Organisations - MANAGEMT 7128OL
Smart processes, structures and a positive workplace culture can amplify your vision as a leader. In this course, you will examine the key influences and tools to enhance effective management action.
The course will primarily focus on human factors that are dealt with by managers on a day-to-day basis including:
- ethical decision-making
- mobilising and developing staff
- managing interdependencies
- analysing issues.
Managerial Economics - ECON 7244OL
External environmental factors have major implications for your business. Managerial Economics will teach you the link between economic principles and everyday decision-making. For example, how to allocate scarce resources to meet enterprise goals will be addressed. Other economic theories covered include:
- contract theory
- managerial behavioural economics
- game theory
Research for Managers - MANAGEMT 7131OL
This course introduces research tools you can use to reduce uncertainty when making important managerial decisions. You will be provided with an overview of:
- the research process, framework, structure, and methodology
- the difference between basic and applied research
- research for strategy development.
The course concludes with your final research project proposal, which University staff will use to assign you a supervisor for your final unit.
Management Challenges in Health - HLTH SC 7500OL
This course will use strategic and risk management frameworks to explore common management challenges for enterprises functioning within, or supporting, the health sector.
Learn how to apply international standards to:
- catastrophic incidents
- quality improvement processes
- policy changes
- environment changes.
Doing Business in Health - HLTH SC 7501OL
Leaders in the healthcare sector must approach management and decision-making in ways that align with the unique needs and challenges of the industry.
This course will use a systems-thinking and network approach to explore specific aspects of health services.
Research Project - MANAGEMT 7132OL
The purpose of the final research project is to take the learning out of the classroom and into the workplace. Students are able to work in teams (from two to three students) or one-on-one with supervisors.
The final research project is the equivalent to two courses and will span two online teaching periods.
The research project will involve:
- conducting unique research
- preparing a report
- making a final presentation.
Collaborative learning is at the core of our online MBA (Health Management). Activities and exercises will require you to solve problems by drawing on real-world examples. As such, relevant work experience is important for your success.
To be eligible, you need to meet one of the following requirements:
- A completed undergraduate bachelor degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of 2 years’ relevant work experience.
- No degree, completed GMAT with a score of >500 and a minimum of 2 years’ relevant work experience.
- A complete University of Adelaide Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.
All students must meet English language requirements.
If you do not meet the above entry requirements, you may be eligible to study our Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.
How to apply
To apply for the University of Adelaide’s online MBA (Health Management), you first need to create an account via the University of Adelaide Application Portal.
Once you have verified your account, complete your online application form and upload the following supporting documents:
- valid photo ID (passport or driver's licence)
- proof of citizenship / permanent residency (this can also be a passport)
- transcripts from your completed bachelor degree or equivalent
- change-of-name documents, if applicable (e.g marriage certificate)
- English language requirements (if you are an international applicant).
For assistance with your application, contact us on 1300 293 830.
When can I start?
There are six intakes into the MBA program throughout the year: January, March, May, July, August and October. Applications typically close four weeks before the online teaching period commences. Check out the Important dates section for further details.
What is the total cost?
$54,936 or $4,578 per course
Is there FEE-HELP available?
Yes, Australian citizens are eligible for a HELP loan. You must also be enrolled in a program with the University of Adelaide by the enrolment deadline (census), and have not reached the HELP loan limit.
Once you have been offered a place in the University of Adelaide program, you will be able to apply for a HELP loan as a part of the enrolment process. Please see our FAQ section for further details.