Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Healthcare
An intro to leadership skills for the health care workplace
Start your journey towards a career in health management with this online leadership course. You’ll cover ethics, organisational culture, and leading transformation. Work on developing personal leadership characteristics.
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Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
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What you'll learn
Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Healthcare, students should be able to:
- LO1: Describe the key areas of specialised leadership and management knowledge required of practitioners in contemporary health care contexts;
- LO2: Explain the significance of planning, implementing and evaluating strategies and tools necessary for effective and culturally safe leadership and organisational management of health services in a variety of health care settings and among diverse communities, including Indigenous peoples;
- LO3: Apply advanced evidence-based knowledge and skills in leadership and management in healthcare to analyse, generate, communicate and evaluate solutions to complex problems within the health care environment.
ACU graduates have pursued careers in:
- health leadership/management
- health research
- local, national or international health-related organisations,
- health practitioner regulation,
- health management consultancy,
To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Healthcare, an applicant must have completed a bachelor degree in a health discipline or equivalent.
An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
Work and Life
Applicants who are able to demonstrate considerable relevant experience in a health care environment and who do not have a formal tertiary qualification may be considered for entry into the Graduate Certificate of Health Administration on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
English Proficiency Requirements
- International English Language Testing System - Academic (IELTS): Overall score: 6.5 with an individual score of 6.0 in all tests
- Pearson Test of English (PTE): 58 with a minimum of 50 in all four communicative skills
- Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL): Internet based total of 79 with a minimum of 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 13 in reading and 12 in listening
- ACU English Language Test: B (65-74%)
- Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): Overall CAE of 176 with a minimum individual score of 169 in all test areas.
International students who do not meet the English Language requirements may enter the course via a suitable English language pathway offered by the University.
Credit for previous study or work
If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. Speak to your course consultant for more information or to discuss your eligibility. ACU will consider requests for advanced standing based on prior studies to a maximum equivalence of 2 subjects (20cp).
The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Healthcare equips students with skills to examine organisational culture, management concepts, governance and quality improvement within the health care workplace. Students will explore concepts relating to change management and outcomes, leadership strategies and skills, along with ethical, moral and social justice dimensions within the health care sector.
This course provides a foundation for students who wish to pursue a management or leadership role within their health care workplace.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
Students are required to follow the pattern of subject enrolment set out in the relevant Course Enrolment Guide, unless otherwise approved by the Course Coordinator. In all aspects of progress through the course, students will be advised by the Course Coordinator.
To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 4 subjects from Schedule of Unit Offerings comprising of:
- 4 subjects from Specified Leadership and Management in Healthcare units
Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Healthcare:
Specified Leadership and Management in Healthcare Units
- HLSC603 Organisational Culture and Management(10cp)
- HLSC604 Quality and Safety in Health Care (10cp)
- HLSC605 Leadership in Health Care (10cp)
- PHIL:623 Healthcare Ethics: Principles in Practice (10cp)
To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 40 cp from the schedule of subject offerings.