Innovate, inspire and create positive change with the Master of Healthcare Innovations
Bond University’s Master of Healthcare Innovations is an Australian first. Students will learn how to analyse healthcare systems and explore how contemporary, evidence-based health, educational, business and research practices can create more effective, efficient and sustainable systems. This new program targets a diverse cohort of health leaders and change makers; doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, health administrators, academics, and health journalists. This program is located within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, and run in conjunction with the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, and the Bond Business School.
Apply design thinking and research evidence to an innovation project
- 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time)
- Taught in small group face to face intensive workshops for interaction, supported by blended and online learning approaches
- Founded on Evidence Based Practice, health systems and innovations
- Ensures flexibility to cater for interstate or international students, and those balancing studies with work
- Includes a combined capstone placement and project in an area of student interest
About the program
The healthcare landscape is changing and challenging the way we currently educate the workforce. The population is living longer with complex and chronic conditions, and many people have increasing expectations of technology. The traditional, siloed approach to healthcare is becoming increasingly ineffective and inefficient in meeting patients’ needs and desires to live independently in the community. Show more
The healthcare landscape is changing and challenging the way we currently educate the workforce. The population is living longer with complex and chronic conditions, and many people have increasing expectations of technology. The traditional, siloed approach to healthcare is becoming increasingly ineffective and inefficient in meeting patients’ needs and desires to live independently in the community. We require a healthcare workforce that engages in lifelong learning, is informed about the changes in research evidence and is able to develop different models and systems of care. Are you a mid-career professional, ready to be a health leader or change-maker? The program is designed for doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, health administrators, academics, and health journalists who want to problem solve healthcare challenges within their local or larger health systems. During this program, you will use design thinking, problem-solving, and systems thinking to challenge your perspective of the health system so that you can apply the evidence to bring about systematic improvements. This will enable you to influence and translate information and technology, to bring about positive system change to meet the healthcare needs of the 21st century. The Master of Healthcare Innovations will provide graduates with the skills to identify opportunities for evidence-informed innovations. The Master of Healthcare Innovations is offered full time over 3 semesters (one-year) or part-time over multiple semesters. It blends intensive workshops and online learning to cater for interstate or international students, and those balancing study with work and family commitments. Most subjects have face to face workshops conducted concurrently with other subjects to enable limited on-campus attendance. In the final semester, students undertake a capstone placement in an area of their interest and choice, which allows them to practically apply their learnings to a local, national or international project while developing an extensive network of future collaborators. This innovative program offers three exit points – Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master’s Degree. Show less
|Duration||3 semesters (1 year)|
|Program type||Masters Coursework|
|Study area||Health Sciences, Medicine|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
The program will produce graduates who will use evidence based research to innovate, influence, translate information and technology and bring about the positive change required in the health system to meet the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
The degree will provide graduates with the ability to:
- Diagnose a health system problem, apply design thinking and research evidence to an innovation project
- Use systems planning and knowledge translation to bring about positive and innovative change for quality improvement in health care
- Evaluate how disruptive technologies could impact on future models of health care and health professional roles
- Describe the social, ethical, legal and financial impacts of change for sustainable health care
- Synthesise, disseminate, exchange and apply ethically-sound, evidence based health information to health professionals and the community to improve health, health service delivery and the health care system
Offered full-time and part-time, Bond’s Master of Healthcare Innovations program will be delivered to small cohorts via a range of teaching methods including intensive workshops, collaborative online teaching sessions, design thinking exercises and podcasts, ultimately catering for interstate or international students, and those balancing studies with work.
Students who have completed the Harvard Macy Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education program can apply for credit.
Students must complete the following 8 required subjects, as well as 3 elective subjects:
- Evidence Based Practice and Policy (HPER71-110)
- Health Systems: Australia and International (HPER71-111)
- Knowledge Translation and Quality in Healthcare (HPER71-112)
- Educating the Health Workforce in the 21st Century (HPER71-114)
- Sustainable Health Care (HPER71-117)
- Managing People (MGMT71-104)
- Leadership & Technology Innovation in Health Management (MGMT71-107)
- Capstone Placement and Project (HPER72-300)
- Generating Evidence Using Research Methods (HPER71-113)
- Systematic Review (HPER71-115)
- Planetary Health (HPER71-116)
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENFB71-104)
- Health Analytics and Data Management (INFT71-104)
- Project Innovation and Change (MGMT71-326)
- Silicon Valley Study Tour (BUSN71-300)
- Health Analytics and Data Management (DTSC71-104)
Recommended study structure
Please visit Program Structure and Sequence Plans for the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine for guidance on study plans.
The below fees are based on an average per semester cost, fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester:
- 2019 fees: $19,560 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
- 2020 fees: $20,280 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
Price may vary depending on elective discipline choice.
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
Academic entry requirements
Entry into the Master of Healthcare Innovations requires the following:
- A minimum Bachelor level degree in Health or a related program with a minimum GPA of 1/4 (equivalent to 4/7), or
- A minimum Bachelor level degree in a non-health related area with a minimum GPA of 1/4 (equivalent to 4/7) plus 3 years relevant work experience.
Please contact the Office of Future Students or call 1800 074 074 for further information.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
In the final semester, students undertake a capstone placement in an area of their interest and choice. This could include local, national or international sites. For example, Bond University has a presence in the Solomon Islands, Public Health and innovation centres and consulting organisations.
These placements will allow students to apply the innovations and skills that they have developed throughout the program to an innovations project or a quality project, a review, or a project of their choosing.
The Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine offers students 3 pathway degrees as study options that lead into the Master of Healthcare Innovations. These degrees can also be studied individually and cover a range of different areas that may suit individual needs. For more detail on each degree, please click the links below or submit an enquiry to discuss the best study option for you.
Graduate Certificate in Health Systems
The Graduate Certificate is four months full time, or equivalent part time. Students will complete two required subjects and two electives of their choosing. The Graduate Certificate is designed to build on healthcare knowledge and develop a sound understanding of Australia’s health systems.
Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based Practice (Available to Domestic students only)
The Graduate Certificate is twelve months part time. Students will study three Evidence Based Practice subjects plus one elective of their choosing. The Graduate Certificate aims to develop a diverse cohort of problem solvers who can apply their knowledge of evidence-based practice to the health workforce and healthcare, to bring about sustainable models of care within the health system.
Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovations
The Graduate Diploma is eight months full time, or equivalent part time. Students will complete 8 subjects inclusive of six required and two electives of their choosing. The Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovations is designed for health professionals interested in leading the required change in the health care system through innovation.
Students may wish to study the above programs and transition into the Masters program, at which time they may wish to apply for credit for prior study.
The business of health and innovation
Meet our academics
Head of Program, Professor Sharon Mickan
I am bringing to this position experiences of working as a clinician, manager, executive and academic across different countries, health systems and universities. I have led system and educational improvements to facilitate clinicians to understand and use research evidence to inform and improve their practice.
Assistant Professor Kate Odgers-Jewell
My background includes working as a clinician, manager, clinical educator and placement coordinator across diverse health systems and patient groups. I have over a decade of experience working as an academic and teaching across a number of disciplines in Australian universities. I am committed to high quality, evidence-based teaching and learning, and have a strong interest in inter-professional practice and translating research into practice.
Together we are committed to providing access to inspirational learning opportunities within flexible pathways, helping students to navigate the research literature to update and inform their own practice and to build networks with healthcare leaders, researchers and innovators.
We will guide them to critically evaluate their own health systems and practices, understand and implement improvements and lead evidence-informed innovations.
We need this program to better understand and manage spiralling healthcare costs, unexplained variations in healthcare practice and costs, integrate inconsistent technological advances, and efficiently use research to improve practice to meet patient’s expectations and demands. Ultimately, this course will enable students to prepare for significant career transitions.