Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. articulate the main contours and architecture of the discipline and profession of public health
  2. analyse key theories and attributes of leadership in the context of public health
  3. use the theories and attributes of leadership, to critically reflect on personal and professional attributes, values and identity relevant to public health action.

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

CUR-MPH404-Foundations of Public Health

Special requirements

No special requirements

Strong leadership is required to achieve public health goals of reducing inequities and improving health. This work is complex and requires action from multiple stakeholders. Understanding the role of leadership and professional identity as part of achieving these goals is critical. This subject introduces students to the theory, principles and practice of leadership in a public health context, assisting students to develop their public health professional identity. Students will strengthen their leadership knowledge enabling the critical use of this understanding by applying theory to practice. The subject employs authentic leadership approaches such as teamwork and collaboration, experiential learning and self-development. This subject will cover: leadership definitions, theory and approaches; the role of leadership in public health; practical application of leadership frameworks; leadership styles; professional identity, values and ethics in public health.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Reflective Activity (50%)
  • Presentation (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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Related degrees

postgraduate CUR-MPH-MAS-2019

Master of Public Health

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  • Public Health Capstone Stream
  • Public Health Research Stream