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Master of Healthcare Leadership

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Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Start Date

  • Duration

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

  • Location

  • Course abbreviation

    MHlthLdr

  • Course code

    1208101

  • Credit points

    144

  • Equivalent units

    12

  • Indicative Fee


Overview

If you're working in a health science discipline 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.

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Monitor professional learning, research capabilities and performance with personal autonomy, accountability, resilience, and adaptability.

GA2: Creativity

Apply highly developed sustainability frameworks to optimise health, social, and community care services.

GA3: Ethical practice

Critically appraise the role of professional standards or competencies and ethical frameworks in advancing professional practice and professional learning in health, social and community services.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Work independently and collaboratively to generate highly integrated and holistic frameworks in health, social and community care services.

Contribute to research as a basis for critical professional inquiry and effective knowledge translation to ensure the provision of evidence-based health, social and community care services.

GA5: Lifelong learning

Demonstrate a critical application of optimum leadership and management frameworks in the current health, social and community care system.

Demonstrate a critical analysis of existing systems, policies and practices to improve health, social and community care services.

GA6: Communication and social skills

Demonstrate research skills to interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions and communicate these to a variety of stakeholders.

GA7: Cultural competence

Demonstrate critical application of cultural responsivity and respect for the identity, dignity, and diversity of all people.

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 Summer Term , Term 1 , Term 2 , Term 3 , Term 4 , Term 5 N/A N/A

Requirements

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 the first eight core 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 first four core units.

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Notes
Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

PBHL5016 Leading Change in Health Care
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
SCU Online
Term3
Term3
Anti-requisites HLTH5001 - Leading Change in Healthcare
PBHL5014 Strategic Planning and Management in Health Care
Summer Term
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
SCU Online
Summer Term
Term4
Summer Term
Term4
Anti-requisites MGMT5004 - Strategic Health Management
PBHL5018 Envisioning Health Systems, Policies and Practices
Term1,5
12
Location Domestic International
SCU Online
Term1,5
Term1,5
Anti-requisites MGMT5001 - Health Systems, Policies and Practices
PBHL5017 Governance and Accountability in Health Care
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
SCU Online
Term2
Term2
Anti-requisites HLTH5005 - Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability
PBHL5006 Building a Professional Portfolio
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
SCU Online
Term3
Term3
PBHL5008 Social and Emotional Competence in Health Care
Summer Term
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
SCU Online
Summer Term
Term4
Summer Term
Term4

Second Year

PBHL5015 Effective Teaching and Supervision in Health Care
Term1,5
12
Location Domestic International
SCU Online
Term1,5
Term1,5
Anti-requisites HLTH5003 - Teaching and Supervision in a Clinical Setting
PBHL5010 Contemporary Health Leadership
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
SCU Online
Term2
Term2
Elective Unit
PBHL6004 Leading Evidence-based Practice in Health
Term1,5
12
Location Domestic International
SCU Online
Term1,5
Term1,5
PBHL6005 Critical Review in Health
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
SCU Online
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisites PBHL6004 - Leading Evidence-based Practice in Health
Anti-requisites NURS5001 - Discovery and Enquiry in Health: The Critical Literature Review
Enrolment information This unit builds on the work undertaken in PBHL6004 - Leading Evidence-based Practice in Health. Work in this unit is followed by PBHL6006 - Research Proposal for Health Innovation OR MHNS6003 - Applied Leadership in Mental Health Clinical Practice.
PBHL6006 Research Proposal for Health Innovation
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
SCU Online
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisites NURS5001 - Discovery and Enquiry in Health: The Critical Literature Review OR Must have completed or be currently enrolled in PBHL6005 - Critical Review in Health
Anti-requisites HLTH5004 - Pitch and Propose
Enrolment information This unit builds on the work undertaken in PBHL6005 - Critical Review in Health. Students are required to enrol into this unit within 12 months of completion of PBHL6005 - Critical Review in Health.

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
Core Units
PBHL5016 Leading Change in Health Care
PBHL5014 Strategic Planning and Management in Health Care
PBHL5018 Envisioning Health Systems, Policies and Practices
PBHL5017 Governance and Accountability in Health Care
Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership after completing all the above 4 units.
PBHL5008 Social and Emotional Competence in Health Care
PBHL5010 Contemporary Health Leadership
PBHL5006 Building a Professional Portfolio
PBHL5015 Effective Teaching and Supervision in Health Care
Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Healthcare Leadership after completing all the above 8 units.
PBHL6004 Leading Evidence-based Practice in Health
PBHL6005 Critical Review in Health
PBHL6006 Research Proposal for Health Innovation
Choose one elective:

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)