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Public Health Leadership and Management (POPH90218)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90218
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is a compulsory subject within the Master of Public Health. Successful public health practitioners require solid working knowledge of both leadership in public health and management in public health. “Public Health Leadership and Management” will expose students to relevant theories and models of public health leadership and management. These learnings will be grounded in real-life case studies of public health significance, interviews with experts in the field, and small group exploration and reporting on important public health issues.

Intended learning outcomes

On the completion of this subject students should be able to:


  • Discuss and reflect on how effective leadership and management occurs across public health organisations with particular reference to communication, advocacy, decision making, human rights, equity and ethical approaches;
  • Apply the fundamental project management functions of planning, budgeting, staffing, regulatory oversight, monitoring, reporting, coordinating and effective team building in public health and health care organisations;
  • Apply knowledge of Indigenous culture and values, and global cultural diversity to public health leadership in collaborative, complex and intercultural settings;
  • Reflect on the theories and practice of leadership and management in relation to individual characteristics and style, and personal attitudes and beliefs, and consider how these impact on decision-making in complex research and public health practice
  • Accomplish creative and authentic solutions to real-world challenges for public health leadership and management, by means of managed teamwork.

Generic skills

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

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork and working with others

Last updated: 21 September 2019