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Master of Healthcare Leadership

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    2 years part-time
    Two years of accelerated part-time study.  Duration may vary depending on unit availabilities, previous study or work experience.

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If you're working in a health science discipline, like nursing, allied health or mental health, our engaging, flexible and interactive online Master of Healthcare Leadership course will help you meet the challenges and grab the opportunities of leadership in multidisciplinary and complex healthcare delivery.

You’ll extend your current knowledge in evidence-based care, and learn how to effectively lead teams of health professionals in Australia’s public and private healthcare systems.

Start when it suits you, power through six units a year, and complete your degree in two years. If you have a Graduate Diploma of Advanced Health Practice, you may be granted advanced standing for up to eight units. Four units may be awarded to individuals with a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Health Practice. 

Learn more about the online course offering. 

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice


demonstrate the application of skills with creativity and initiative to an area of further learning

Ethical practice

integrate ethical and legal principles into health practice

Knowledge of a discipline

demonstrate command of a body of knowledge that includes a critical understanding of recent developments in a discipline and /or area of professional practice

apply knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and /or learning

Lifelong learning

demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability

demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship

Communication and social skills

communicate effectively with clients and others in interprofessional teams

Cultural competence

apply a critical understanding of health care provision that is informed by cultural awareness and cultural competence

Units of study focus on clinical practice management, leadership in health systems and building skills to support evidence-based health practice, all of which are required of healthcare professionals looking to take on leadership roles in complex public and private healthcare.

Each unit runs for seven weeks, with six teaching periods per year. There are a maximum of 12 units. And because we're focused on your employability, we've introduced a new portfolio unit that enables you to build a professional portfolio that incorporates learning in other areas, such as your continued professional development and informal learning.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
SCU Online Study Period 1 , Study Period 2 , Study Period 3 , Study Period 4 , Study Period 5 , Study Period 6 N/A N/A


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Master of Healthcare Leadership, students must complete 144 credit points, comprising:

  • all core units; and
  • one elective unit.

Exit Awards:

Students may be eligible to exit with a Graduate Diploma of Healthcare Leadership after completing 96 credit points, comprising any eight units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership after completing 48 credit points, comprising the following four core units:

  • HEA93001 - Leading Change in Healthcare            
  • MNG91220 - Strategic Health Management        
  • CMM93010 - Health Systems, Policies and Practices        
  • HEA93020 - Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability

Students may be eligible to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Health and Human Sciences after completing 48 credit points, comprising any four units.

Course structure

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
Core Units
PBH91001 Appraising Evidence Introductory
HEA93002 Discovery and Enquiry in Health: The Critical Literature Review Advanced
HEA93003 Pitch and Propose Advanced
HEA93001 Leading Change in Healthcare Advanced
MNG91220 Strategic Health Management Introductory
CMM93010 Health Systems, Policies and Practices Advanced
HEA93020 Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability Advanced
CMM91025 Social and Emotional Competence in the Workplace Introductory
CMM93002 Leadership and Management in Health Intermediate
CMM91010 Healthcare Professional Portfolio A Introductory
TCH93001 Teaching and Supervision in a Clinical Setting Intermediate

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
NRS83001 Contemporary Mental Health Advanced
NRS83002 Mental Health Across the Lifespan Advanced
NRS83003 Mental Health in Community, Non-Government and Primary Health Settings Advanced
NRS83004 Acute Mental Health Advanced
NRS93003 Physical Health Care in Mental Health Advanced
NRS93004 Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health Contexts Advanced
MNG82210 Organisational Behaviour (Online) Introductory
MNG93215 Human Resource Management (Online) Advanced
MNG91211 The Positive Leader (Online) Introductory