Department of Health Management & Systems Development

In 1998 DWU became the first university in Papua New Guinea to offer Certificate and Diploma programs in Health Administration designed specifically to the needs of Papua New Guinea’s health sector. The program provides education that combines local expertise in business, communication and cultural studies, with international expertise in health services management education. The University now offers a Bachelors program.

The Bachelor of Health Management degree program requires four years of full-time study. The program is designed to graduate managers or supervisors working in administrative or clinical positions in the National Department of Health or at provincial, district, hospital or other facility level. They need knowledge, skills and attitudes, not only to meet the challenges of today, but also to take a central role in designing the future of health care in PNG.

2013 Highlights
The Department embraces the theme “Total Quality Assurance”, but this cannot be achieved without the fundamental issue of laying the right foundations to meet the objectives of the Faculty and the Department of Health Management. The most important foundation is assigning qualified staff to teach, and equipping them with the right tools to meet the goals and objectives of the Department and Faculty. This will help strengthen quality service delivery and accountability of care for the student.

The department exposes students to enhance their experiences in all units that are undertaken but most recently through the JCU/ DWU twinning program for the 2nd year Health Management students. This twinning Program engages qualified and specialized staff. Individual staff and groups are engaged in research projects and this knowledge is extended to units undertaken for research subjects and supervision of students’ research work. The program provides the opportunity for the Health Management department to further staff development programs, such as online studies for our staff and students.

Discussions are also in progress for Research partnership initiatives that may contribute towards meeting the DWU strategic objective 4. Our current training on RHFMT with provinces is in progress with plans for more training programs for the 16 districts in 8 provinces under National Health Department and World Health Organisation (WHO). The department newsletter for 2013, which covers what is happening at our departmental level and all over PNG is now posted online for those who wish to learn more about the Department of Health Management.

Health Management Newsletter

Click here to download HM Newsletter 2013, Vol 3 Issue 2.


 Contact Details

The Executive Officer to the Dean of FMHS
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Phone: (+675) 422 2937 Ext: 770
Fax: (+675) 422 2812
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The Registrar
Phone: (+675) 422 2937 Ext: 704
Fax: (+675) 422 2812
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