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Course summary

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. 

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

DurationLocationStudy Period


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

SCU Online1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
DurationLocationStudy Period


SCU Online1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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.

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.

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 typically include written and/or oral assignments that match typical work tasks: business reports, case studies, presentations, research studies and plans. Practical assessments ensure you graduate with key industry skills and knowledge. Each unit has its own 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.

Our flexible course is designed to fit seamlessly around work, family, and other priorities. It’s 100% online, and you can complete it one, seven-week unit at a time. From the comfort of your home – or anywhere with an internet connection – you can access course content, assignments, quizzes, and collaborate, discuss and debate ideas with fellow students and lecturers. Our multi-modal approach delivers content including video, audio, hands-on, practical exercises, and other media to suit all kinds of learners. 

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. As a Master of Healthcare Leadership graduate, your new research, clinical and management skills will equip you for leadership roles within primary health care, community outreach organisations, area health services, professional associations, hospitals, private practice, and local, state and federal policy making agencies.


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'