Health services management development: what formal knowledge should support the skills and experience required?

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This study reports on an analysis of 17 postgraduate programs in health services management. Public information was collected from websites in February 2010. Data analysed included core subject abstracts, admission requirements and length and aims of each course. Findings indicate that only three out of 16 subjects identified as core are common to more than 50% of the programs, with the eight most common individual subjects appearing in only a third of programs. This suggests diversity in what is deemed core foundational knowledge in managing health services and the approach taken to management development. We believe there should be greater consensus on core subjects in a specialist health services management qualification
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-193
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Health Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


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