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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 disciplines such as nursing, allied health or mental health, our engaging, flexible and interactive online Master of Healthcare Leadership will provide you with 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. 

Apply for the CEW Bonnie Boezeman AO scholarship to study this course.

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Course Learning Outcome

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

integrate ethical and legal principles into health practice

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

demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability

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

communicate effectively with clients and others in interprofessional teams

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. The portfolio unit enables you to build a professional portfolio that incorporates learning in other areas, such as your continued professional development and informal learning.

Each unit runs for seven weeks, with six teaching periods per year. There are a maximum of 12 units.

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 the equivalent of 12 units (144 credit points), comprising:

  • 11 core units (132 credit points); and
  • 1 equivalent elective unit (12 credit points).

Exit Awards:

Students may be eligible to exit with a Graduate Diploma of Healthcare Leadership after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising any eight units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership after completing the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising the following four core units:

  •  HLTH5001- Leading Change in Healthcare            
  • MGMT5004 - Strategic Health Management        
  • MGMT5001 - Health Systems, Policies and Practices        
  • HLTH5005- Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability

Students may be eligible to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising any four units.

Course structure

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
Core Units
PBHL6004 Appraising Evidence
NURS5001 Discovery and Enquiry in Health: The Critical Literature Review
HLTH5004 Pitch and Propose
HLTH5001 Leading Change in Healthcare
MGMT5004 Strategic Health Management
MGMT5001 Health Systems, Policies and Practices
HLTH5005 Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability
PBHL5008 Social and Emotional Competence in the Workplace
PBHL5010 Leadership and Management in Health
PBHL5006 Healthcare Professional Portfolio A
HLTH5003 Teaching and Supervision in a Clinical Setting

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
MHNS5001 Contemporary Mental Health
MHNS5002 Mental Health Across the Lifespan
MHNS6002 Mental Health in Community, Non-Government and Primary Health Settings
MHNS5003 Acute Mental Health
MHNS6004 Physical Health Care in Mental Health
MHNS5004 Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health Contexts
MGMT5003 Organisational Behaviour (Online)
HRMT6002 Human Resource Management (Online)
MGMT6003 The Positive Leader (Online)