Master of 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
2 years part-time

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

3 years part-time
Location
SCU Online
SCU Online
Start date
January, March, May, July, August, October
January, February, April, June, August, October
Course code
1208101
Course abbreviation
MHlthLdr
Credit points
144
Equivalent units
12
CRICOS
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Fees
Fee paying
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

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.

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.

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 and must provide evidence of minimum one (1) year's work experience (related to the last five years) at degree level in a health related field and/or as acceptable to the Course Coordinator.

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

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.

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$25,200 ($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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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


Assessment methods

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.

Teaching methods

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. 

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. 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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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Master of Healthcare Leadership, students must complete the equivalent of 12 units (144 credit points), comprising:

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


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Core Units
PBHL5016Leading Change in Health Care
PBHL5014Strategic Planning and Management in Health Care
PBHL5018Envisioning Health Systems, Policies and Practices
PBHL5017Governance 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.
PBHL5008Social and Emotional Competence in Health Care
PBHL5010Contemporary Health Leadership
PBHL5006Building a Professional Portfolio
PBHL5015Effective 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.
PBHL6004Leading Evidence-based Practice in Health
PBHL6005Critical Review in Health
PBHL6006Research Proposal for Health Innovation
Choose one elective:

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
MHNS5001Contemporary Mental Health
MHNS5002Mental Health Across the Lifespan
MHNS6002Mental Health in Community, Non-Government and Primary Health Settings
MHNS5003Acute Mental Health
MHNS6004Physical Health Care in Mental Health
MHNS5004Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health Contexts
MGMT5003Organisational Behaviour (Online)
HRMT6002Human Resource Management (Online)
MGMT6003The Positive Leader (Online)


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

First Year

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
PBHL5008Social and Emotional Competence in Health Care
Summer Term
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
SCU Online
Summer Term
Term4
Summer Term
Term4
PBHL5015Effective Teaching and Supervision in Health Care
Term1,5
LocationDomesticInternational
SCU Online
Term1,5
Term1,5
Anti-requisitesHLTH5003 - Teaching and Supervision in a Clinical Setting

Second Year

PBHL5010Contemporary Health Leadership
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
SCU Online
Term2
Term2
PBHL5006Building a Professional Portfolio
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
SCU Online
Term3
Term3
PBHL6004Leading Evidence-based Practice in Health
Term1,5
LocationDomesticInternational
SCU Online
Term1,5
Term1,5
PBHL6005Critical Review in Health
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
SCU Online
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisitesPBHL6004 - Leading Evidence-based Practice in Health OR CMM03140 - Evidence-Based Practice OR HLT91061 - Evidence-Based Health Practice
Anti-requisitesNURS5001 - Discovery and Enquiry in Health: The Critical Literature Review
Enrolment informationThis 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.
PBHL6006Research Proposal for Health Innovation
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
SCU Online
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in PBHL6005 - Critical Review in Health
Anti-requisitesHLTH5004 - Pitch and Propose
Enrolment informationThis 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.
Elective Unit


Unit groups

Elective Unit

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
MHNS5001Contemporary Mental Health
MHNS5002Mental Health Across the Lifespan
MHNS6002Mental Health in Community, Non-Government and Primary Health Settings
MHNS5003Acute Mental Health
MHNS6004Physical Health Care in Mental Health
MHNS5004Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health Contexts
MGMT5003Organisational Behaviour (Online)
HRMT6002Human Resource Management (Online)
MGMT6003The Positive Leader (Online)

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