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Practice of Public Health Leadership (POPH90191)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90191
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This subject introduces students to the real world of public health. It builds on from the compulsory Public Health Leadership and Management Subject to provide an understanding of how different leaders practice how decisions are made and how resources are allocated; an understanding of the organisation you work in and lastly an understanding of yourself as a leader.
It examines leadership from political, bureaucratic, business, media and community perspectives at international, national, and local levels. It also covers advocacy and methods for getting public health issues onto the public agenda.
In examining your/an organisation it looks at power structures, people of influence, the characteristics of good leaders and the fundamentals of leading, managing and being a member of a team. Finally, it looks at the elements that are important for successful living, an integral part of successful leadership.
Senior political, bureaucratic, business and public health leaders are invited to present on this subject.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Analyse and define the key characteristics of successful leaders, studied and observed during he course
  • Understand the key challenges in contemporary public health leadership roles
  • Develop their own plan for further developing and practising leadership skills in their lives
  • Develop a strategy to put a public health issue onto the political/community agenda,
  • Map pathways they can follow to become successful leaders in public health,
  • Reflect and develop a greater understanding of their own selves and mechanisms they can use to lead successful lives, not only be successful leaders.
  • Demonstrate and practise leadership and followership skills in a team

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:

  • Critical thinking and analysis,
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information,
  • Problem-solving,
  • Written communication.

Last updated: 7 June 2019