Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Sat, 9 October

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International snapshot

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Duration
8 months part-time
1 year part-time
Location
SCU Online
SCU Online
Start date
January, March, May, July, August, October
January, February, April, June, August, October
Course code
1008108
Course abbreviation
GradCertHlthLdr
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
CRICOS
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Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

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 clinical disciplines (e.g. nursing, midwifery, dentistry), and/or allied health disciplines (e.g., physiotherapy, pharmacy, occupational therapy, psychology, social work), who are looking to extend their career into management and leadership roles in healthcare, social and community care services.

Our interactive, collaborative and flexible learning environment assist you to link the theories you learn to the real-world issues via different pathways, including provision of high quality and at the same time, cost-efficient services via strategic leadership approaches; planning for positive changes in health, social and community care systems/policies/practices; and evaluating healthcare, social and community care services via clinical accountability and governance frameworks.

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 clinical disciplines (e.g. nursing, midwifery, dentistry), and/or allied health disciplines (e.g., physiotherapy, pharmacy, occupational therapy, psychology, social work), who are looking to extend their career into management and leadership roles in healthcare, social and community care services.

Our interactive, collaborative and flexible learning environment assist you to link the theories you learn to the real-world issues via different pathways, including provision of high quality and at the same time, cost-efficient services via strategic leadership approaches; planning for positive changes in health, social and community care systems/policies/practices; and evaluating healthcare, social and community care services via clinical accountability and governance frameworks.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

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

A three (3) year Bachelor qualification, or equivalent, in a health related discipline.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

Students will complete all four core units: Strategic Health Management; Leading Change in Healthcare; Health Systems, Policies and Practices; and Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
SCU OnlineSummer Term, Term  1, Term  2, Term  3, Term  4, Term  5

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
SCU OnlineSummer Term, Term  1, Term  2, Term  3, Term  4, Term  5$12,600 ($3,150 per unit)N/A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Assess professional learning, and performance with personal autonomy, accountability, resilience, and adaptability.

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

Appraise professional standards or competencies and ethical frameworks in informing professional learning in health, social and community services.

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

Contribute to scholarship as a basis for professional inquiry and knowledge translation to ensure the provision of quality health, social and community care services.

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

Demonstrate an understanding of existing systems, policies and practices to improve health, social and community care services.

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


Assessment methods

Units typically include diverse ranges of written/oral assignments including reports, case studies, presentations, research studies and plans. More specifically, each unit include three interconnected assignments, starting with a brief discussion (e.g., identifying a work place issue by providing justification), followed by a critical review about the issue, and providing a remedial action plan/framework/intervention to tackle the issue. This can result in implementation of the practical frameworks translatable to practice.

Each unit has its own engaging website to keep you focused. Weekly activities, readings and case studies are laid out with step-by-step instructions. As the weeks progress and your knowledge deepens, you'll tackle increasingly sophisticated concepts and employ critical analysis. All our engaging recorded material is produced specifically for each unit, and addresses key practical learning points to enhance the engagement and link the theories to practice. This media-rich environment engages multiple senses (e.g. auditory, visual) to cater for different learning approaches and helps students to learn at their own pace, adopt independent self-study/self-regulation, manage their learning environment, and develop effective learning strategies.

Teaching methods
Our intensive, seven-week study model comprises of six study periods per year, enabling you to start studying at a time that suits your existing work, family and life commitments. 
 
Coursework and assessments fit seamlessly into your schedule, thanks to an intuitive online learning environment. You'll be able to connect with your academics and peers in real-time via interactive discussion boards. 
 
Learn on-the-go, anytime, anywhere and on any device. 
Career opportunities

Australia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. It’s the country’s largest employer and employment opportunities continue to evolve and grow. Graduates of this course will demonstrate a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge that prepares them for a career pathway in health leadership, in healthcare, community outreach organisations, area health services, professional associations, hospitals, private practice, and local, state and federal policy making agencies.

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Course requirements

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


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
PBHL5016Leading Change in Health Care
PBHL5014Strategic Planning and Management in Health Care
PBHL5018Envisioning Health Systems, Policies and Practices
PBHL5017Governance and Accountability in Health Care


Course progressions

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

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

PBHL5014Strategic Planning and Management in Health Care
Summer Term
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
SCU Online
Summer Term
Term4
Summer Term
Term4
Anti-requisites MGMT5004 - Strategic Health Management
PBHL5018Envisioning Health Systems, Policies and Practices
Term1,5
LocationDomesticInternational
SCU Online
Term1,5
Term1,5
Anti-requisitesMGMT5001 - Health Systems, Policies and Practices
PBHL5017Governance and Accountability in Health Care
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
SCU Online
Term2
Term2
Anti-requisitesHLTH5005 - Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability
PBHL5016Leading Change in Health Care
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
SCU Online
Term3
Term3
Anti-requisitesHLTH5001 - Leading Change in Healthcare


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