Innovate, inspire and create positive change with the Master of Healthcare Innovations
The September semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with classes designed to support and engage all learners. Whether they’re on campus or abroad, all students will be able to access Bond’s exceptional and personalised learning experience through dynamic and interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.
Bond University has created a suite of Healthcare Innovations Programs to develop post-graduates’ abilities to navigate research evidence, critically evaluate health systems and practices, and utilise data and technology to identify opportunities for sustainable innovations. Students will be facilitated to explore and analyse contemporary challenges in health, education, business, and research practices to create more effective, efficient, and sustainable health systems. These new programs target a diverse cohort of health professionals, administrators, and change makers.
The Healthcare Innovations programs are designed and delivered by experienced educators, researchers and innovators within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, and the Bond Business School. The curriculum will inspire students to critically examine current healthcare practices from different perspectives, in order to innovate and drive improvement.
Campus and Bond University Experience
For the past 15 years, Bond University has been recognised as Australia’s number one university for student experience according to the Good Universities Guide. The outstanding student experience underpins the Master of Healthcare Innovations program, with students reaping the rewards of personal attention, small class sizes, world-class academics and flexibility - learning while balancing study with work and family commitments.
Bond’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine is recognised for the excellence of its education and research in the medical, health and sports sciences. They have an established reputation for offering innovative degree programs and producing graduates who are work-ready and possess the leadership skills to improve local, national and global health and well-being.
Apply design thinking and research evidence to an innovation project
- Completion in 1 year (full time) or 2-3 years (part time)
- Taught in small groups using blended and online learning approaches including face-to-face intensive workshops and self-paced online tutorials
- Limited on-campus attendance requirements to ensure flexibility to cater for interstate or international students, and those balancing studies with work and family commitments
- Apply your learning in practice through individually designed assessments and a final capstone project in an area of student interest and choice
- Critically evaluate health systems and practices, understand and implement improvements and lead evidence-informed innovations
- Undertake an innovation or research project in your final semester which may be virtually embedded within your current workplace or conducted independently
- Learn to navigate the research literature to update and inform your own practice and build networks with healthcare leaders, researchers and innovators
About the program
The healthcare landscape is changing and challenging the way we currently engage with healthcare services. The population is living longer with complex and chronic conditions, and many people have increasing expectations of healthcare and technology. The traditional, siloed approach to healthcare is becoming increasingly ineffective and inefficient in meeting patients’ needs and desires. Show more
The healthcare landscape is changing and challenging the way we currently engage with healthcare services. The population is living longer with complex and chronic conditions, and many people have increasing expectations of healthcare and technology. The traditional, siloed approach to healthcare is becoming increasingly ineffective and inefficient in meeting patients’ needs and desires. We require a flexible health workforce that engages in lifelong learning, is technologically savvy, understands research evidence and is able to develop different models and systems of care. We are all being challenged to upskill and prepare ourselves to lead the changes required. Health leaders who think differently can learn to thrive in an environment of disruption and create positive change. The Master of Healthcare Innovations is offered full time over 3 semesters (one year), or part time over multiple semesters. The program is delivered to small cohorts via intensive workshops supported by blended and online learning approaches, limiting on-campus attendance requirements and ensuring flexibility to cater for interstate or international students, and those balancing studies with work and family commitments. Bond University’s Healthcare Innovations suite of programs is an Australian first. This innovative program suite offers a range of study options – two Graduate Certificate’s, a Graduate Diploma and a Master’s Degree, as well as a number of Single Subject Offerings that can be completed as a professional development opportunity. Show less
|Mode||On Campus and Remote|
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world.
|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]|
This program includes 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)
- Project Innovation and Change (MGMT71-326)
- 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 the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.
Semester program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2020: $20,280* per semester average
- Students commencing study in 2021: $21,000* per semester average
Total program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2020: $60,840
- Students commencing study in 2021: $63,000
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 most other universities.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.
Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.
* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.
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
The Master of Healthcare Innovations is designed for professionals seeking their next challenge in healthcare. Some professionals will have a clear perspective of how they would like to be more innovative and others may be aware that they don’t want to focus exclusively on management or research. However they enter the program, learners will be facilitated to better understand the health systems they work in or around, and to critically navigate the research evidence. They will learn strategies within implementation science and organisational behaviour to manage change and lead evidence-informed innovations. Consequently, graduates will shape and refine ways in which they innovate through developing or improving products, improving processes and/or redesigning services. They may create new roles and opportunities for their career within and beyond health services. Some graduates may enrol in a PhD, others may work in academia and some may develop entrepreneurial businesses.
The Master of Healthcare Innovations degree will provide graduates with the ability to:
- Critically analyse contemporary health systems and practices using design thinking and research evidence to challenge current perspectives
- Evaluate the potential of current and disruptive technologies to impact on future models of healthcare delivery
- Utilise data and technology to identify opportunities for innovation
- Use systems planning and knowledge translation to create and test alternatives for positive and innovative change
- Integrate social, ethical, legal and financial improvements for sustainable healthcare
- Enthuse you to prepare you to consider a career in healthcare research or healthcare leadership
- Help you look out for new perspectives and to create alternative career pathways
Graduates may be eligible to progress to further post-graduate research, leading to potential career options in research organisations and academia.
As a graduate of Bond’s Master of Healthcare Innovations, you will have a competitive edge in your career. Employer satisfaction with graduates from Bond University has been rated highest in Australia for two years in a row, according to the 2019 Employer Satisfaction Survey published by the Department of Education and Training.
The curriculum will inspire students to critically examine current healthcare practices from different perspectives, in order to innovate and drive improvement, and would benefit health professionals aiming to move into leadership roles. You will emerge as a health leader within your profession and will have the skills to think differently to thrive in an environment of disruption and create positive change.
In the final semester, students will be provided with the opportunity to consolidate and practically apply their learnings from the Master of Healthcare Innovations through undertaking an innovation or research project. This capstone placement may be virtually embedded within your current workplace or conducted independently in an area of your interest and choice.
The Healthcare Innovations program offers a range of study options – two Graduate Certificates, a Graduate Diploma, and a Master’s Degree, as well as a number of Single Subject Offerings. For more detail on each degree, and our Single Subject Offerings please click the links below or submit an enquiry to discuss the best study option for you.
Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovations
The Graduate Diploma can be completed in eight months full time, or over multiple semesters part time. Six core subjects must be completed, and two elective subjects chosen. The Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovations will deepen professionals’ knowledge of health systems, evidence-based practice and organisational behaviour. Professionals will learn to use design thinking and problem solving strategies to lead, educate and influence colleagues and healthcare users towards improving and innovating healthcare practice.
Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based Practice (Available to Domestic students only)
The Graduate Certificate can be completed in twelve to eighteen months part time. Three core subjects must be completed, and one elective subject chosen. The Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based Practice will transform the way professionals interpret and keep up to date with the growing volume of research evidence. It will deepen professionals’ critical thinking to apply evidence-based practice to maintain high quality practice and inform improvements where appropriate. It will also provide an understanding of research methodologies for students considering research higher degrees.
Graduate Certificate in Health Systems
The Graduate Certificate can be completed in four months full time or equivalent part time. Two core subjects must be completed, and two elective subjects chosen. The Graduate Certificate in Health Systems will positively challenge the way professionals understand and work within Australian and international health systems. The way in which the diverse population interacts with and uses healthcare services will be explored to promote equitable systems.
After completing any of the above programs, transition into the Master’s program may be available by applying for credit for prior study.
Healthcare Innovations: Thought Leadership Community
The Healthcare Innovations program at Bond University are building a Thought Leadership community through a series of blogs and educational events to explore the factors and environments for successful healthcare innovations. The Thought Leadership community will showcase Bond’s strong basis in research evidence and clinical improvements, complimented by practical industry perspectives. We aim to generate informed conversation with interested clinicians, academics, industry, students and members of the community so we can build meaningful partnerships. The Healthcare Innovations team recognise that healthcare is at a crucial point, where technology, design, and changing demographics will force a stronger customer focus. We want to prepare our community for the improvements and innovations that lie ahead.
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.