Course summary

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership is an entry-level management course introducing students to critical concepts of accountability, policy and management in healthcare. The course is also a pathway to further postgraduate study in the Master of Healthcare Leadership.

Units of study focus on strategic health management, leading change, health systems, policy and principles and practice of clinical accountability.

The course will appeal to professionals from nursing or allied health backgrounds, such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, counselling or optometry who are looking to extend their career into management and leadership roles.

Strategic health management, leading change, health systems and policy; principles and practice of clinical accountability.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise critical thinking, judgement (and in some courses research processes) in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence


Apply knowledge and skills creatively in broad disciplinary and community related challenges

Ethical practice

Demonstrate well developed judgement and use of ethical framework(s) in scholarly, and professional situations

Apply sustainability principles to relevant scholarly and professional contexts

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an advanced theatrical and technical knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice

Lifelong learning

Reflect on, assess and regulate their own learning and research capabilities and performance with personal autonomy and accountability

Locate, analyse, evaluate, manage and use information from a range of sources

Communication and social skills

Communicate to demonstrate understanding of theoretical concepts and to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences

Work in collaboration with others and in a team to achieve self-determined goals

Cultural competence

Demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous Australian contemporary realities and protocols

Demonstrate cultural competence in local, Australia-wide and/or global settings

Course overview

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Domestic duration

8 months part-time

International duration

8 months full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
SCU Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Fee paying


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
SCU Online 1 N/A N/A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points) comprising all 4 core units