Online Microcredential in Healthcare & Medicine

Patient Flow Management

Recognise factors leading to patient flow delays, develop skills to intervene early to prevent issues or solve delays

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Improving patient flow

Explore the factors for patient flow delays as they occur in the hospital context. Using case studies, learn theories, frameworks and tools to solve delays in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

What you’ll learn

In this stackable short course (microcredential), you’ll:

  • apply theories and undertake critical analysis to capacity planning, scheduling, queuing and process design to delays in healthcare.
  • critically analyse the causes of operational delays in healthcare contexts
  • use appropriate frameworks and tools to explore delays in real world emergency, inpatient and outpatient healthcare within the broader health system contexts.
  • evaluate and present solutions to improve patient experience by adopting an appropriate system-wide perspective.

How you’re assessed

Your assessment consists of a two-part report based on a case study: first, you’ll perform and describe a quantitative analysis; second, you’ll put forward a solution to an increased patient demand scenario.

Co-designed with industry

This industry-led stackable short course (microcredential) is co-designed with health management expert, CEO and consultant John Rasa in collaboration with Associate Professor Sandeep Reddy, Director of Master of Business Administration (Healthcare Management). Together, we’ve designed a course where you’ll gain skills that you can apply immediately in your workplace.

Stackable or standalone

This microcredential can be completed to receive a standalone credential or stacked together with related stackable microcredentials to build towards a full postgraduate Deakin degree later.

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What skills will you learn?

  • Identify delay factors
  • Quantitative analysis 
  • Apply theories, frameworks
  • Analyse causes
  • Problem-solve delays
  • Evaluate solutions
  • Manage stakeholders
  • Propose solutions
  • Improve patient experience

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Analyse causes of delays in patient flow
  • Apply theories, frameworks and tools to problem-solve delays
  • Propose solutions to delays in acute healthcare settings
  • Build capacity in teamwork and collaboration, project management, compliance reporting, stakeholder management, change management and negotiation.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To be successful we recommend:

  • 5 years of experience in a managerial or professional role with decision making responsibility or;
  • 3 years of experience and undergraduate degree or some experience in the healthcare sector, especially in the acute care and hospital context.

This microcredential is delivered in English and as such an academic proficiency in English is strongly recommended.

This microcredential is available ‘on demand’, as such it is open in 6 week learning periods. Learners can commence at any time and complete in a minimum 6 weeks, or maximum 6 month period.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This micro-credential can be stacked together with related micro-credential Patient Journey and System Design to build towards full postgraduate Deakin degrees:

  • Graduate Certificate of Healthcare Management
  • Master of Business Administration (Healthcare Management)

To claim credit towards a degree at Deakin University, you must successfully complete both Patient Flow Management and Patient Journey and System Design, and meet Deakin’s award course admission and selection requirements, including English language proficiency.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You will have access to the welcome area to introduce yourself and familiarise yourself with the microcredential structure.

  • Course

    From 29 Nov 2021

    Patient Flow Management

    Recognise factors leading to patient flow delays, develop skills to intervene early to prevent issues or solve delays.

    6 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • After learning

    Upon successful completion, you will receive a statement of completion from FutureLearn and a digital certificate from Deakin University.

What you will receive

0.5 Deakin Credit Points at Postgraduate level from Deakin University

Please see the details for use of credit at the end of the page.

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

A Digital Certificate and Badge from Deakin University and Credly

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Additional benefits

Complete your course within 6 weeks (10 hours per week), including the assessment, or take extra time and use the regular assessment submission windows to complete within 20–26 weeks of your enrolment.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

Delivered by experts

Academic health management professional with a background as CEO in managing hospitals/public health in Victoria and NSW as well Chief Examiner for Australasian College of Health Service Management

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. If this Microcredential has any non-refundable costs they will be stated in the ‘Overview’ section above. You can find more information in our cancellation and refund policy.

Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

This micro-credential can be stacked together with related micro-credential Patient Journey and System Design to build towards full postgraduate Deakin degrees:

  • Graduate Certificate of Healthcare Management
  • Master of Business Administration (Healthcare Management)

This microcredential has been developed by Deakin University at an AQF9 (Masters level) standard and provides Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) into post-graduate degrees.

As there is no standard for credit in Australia, at Deakin University this credential equates to half a point of academic credit. However, the academic credit earned from this microcredential is equal to half a unit of postgraduate study.

Want to know more? Read the microcredential FAQs, or contact us.