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Why study the SCU Online Master of Healthcare Leadership?

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Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields1

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Duration

2 years
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Study mode

100% online

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Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov

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Units

12

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Fees

$2,658 per unit, FEE-HELP available

*Completion time dependent on individual study path and course availability. Please speak to a Student Advisor for more information.

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The SCU Online Master of Healthcare Leadership difference

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Are you thinking about studying a Master of Healthcare Leadership? At SCU, we’re cultivating the leaders of tomorrow, today, right in our very own backyard. We aim to provide an exceptional education experience through our unique learning model and innovative online platform. We’re committed to lifelong learning and providing equal access to education for everyone, regardless of background or location. As one of the top universities in the world at only 25 years young, we’re pioneers in online education and have been doing so since 2015. We’re a rising, dynamic university that is proud to be a game changer and leader in education. That’s the SCU Online difference and why you should study a Master of Healthcare Leadership online with us.

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Learn on your own terms

Own your educational journey by having the flexibility to manage your study, work and life commitments, without impacting your overall course progress.

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Learn the latest healthcare leadership styles

Build interdisciplinary leadership skills you can apply in any health setting, including public hospital, private practice and aged care.

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Prepare to lead in complex and fast-paced healthcare environments

Apply your advanced/expert leadership skills and knowledge of the latest technologies in the strategic planning, response and effective management of change in an evolving industry.

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Unique learning model

Find the ideal balance between work, life and study through our unique seven-week study units. Apply the knowledge and skills you learn immediately to real-world situations.

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Helping communities thrive

At SCU Online, we stand for our community. We’re  committed to offering a vibrant teaching, learning, research and cultural environment to help you achieve your career goals.

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Unparalleled support

Receive academic and non-academic support to assist with your study from enrolment through to graduation. Have full access to SCU campuses, including the library and other facilities.

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How does the online Master of Healthcare Leadership degree work with SCU?

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  • With no exams, you’ll learn through quizzes, videos, interactive presentations and more.
  • Connect with academics and students through online chat platforms and discussion boards.
  • Access support throughout the course, including feedback from a learning coach and a dedicated student success advisor from enrolment through to graduation.
  • Live classes are optional but encouraged for networking, while the course is self-paced.
  • To make the most of your learning experience, we recommend dedicating around 20 hours per week to your studies.
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What you will study
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What will you be studying for the Master of Healthcare Management degree with SCU Online?
Students studying the Master of Healthcare Leadership online will study 11 core units and choose one elective unit. Learn more about the units you will study as part of the Master of Healthcare Leadership below.

This unit introduces you to an evidence-based approach to health practice. 

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This unit broadens and deepens your understanding of literature analysis and research design in relation to an area relevant to professional practice.

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In this unit, you will design and produce a research proposal for future work opportunities. 

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Evaluate and critically reflect on leadership, applying this knowledge to drive change and innovation.

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Examine health service management from a strategic and planning perspective.

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This unit explores health systems, policies and practices.

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Analyse the role of accountability, as well as evaluate the concepts of professional accountability within organisations.

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Extend your theoretical knowledge in addition to your social and emotional skills to improve communication, teamwork and client safety.

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This unit focuses on developing problem-solving skills that inform clinical practice.

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In this unit, you will reflect on your own professional practice and learning, planning strategies to collect, select and reflect on evidence to include in a professional portfolio.

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Hone your leadership skills in a clinical learning environment.

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This unit will expose you to critical exploration and practical application of the core contexts of mental health within the Australian healthcare system. 

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This unit emphasises the life stage and bio-psycho-social contexts specifically related to providing effective engagement and interventions.

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Explore the roles of a mental health professional in the 21st century, within the context of mental health outside of, but articulating with tertiary services. 

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Explore the experiences of people with complex mental health presentations, co-morbidity and risk behaviours.

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Ensure patient physical health needs are being addressed within holistic mental health assessment, diagnosis and interventions.

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In this unit, you will cover behaviour change as a construct, neurophysiology, motivational interviewing and the influences of mental health on behaviour.

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In this unit, you will study organisations and the individual, interpersonal and group processes and the organisational system.

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In the Data Management unit, you will gain an overall understanding of database concepts and theory.

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Explore a diverse range of leadership styles, preparing you for a bright future in leadership or management.

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This unit looks at the aims and goals of HR and its role in business.

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Early exit options

We know that plans change, which is why we’ve built flexible completion options into this course. If you need to exit early, you could still receive a graduate diploma or Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership

Graduate Certificate
4 Units

Or continue studying

Graduate Diploma
+ 4 Units

Or continue studying

Masters Degree
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A typical study period at SCU Online
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Typical study period timeline

Next study period

March
2024

Applications close in

6 days

Speak to an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.

Our study periods: Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov

Late applications may be considered under special circumstances up until the start of O'Week. For more information please speak with a Student Enrolment Advisor.

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Career and salary outcomes

As a Master of Healthcare Leadership graduate, you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to become a true leader in healthcare, leveraging emerging opportunities and making a positive impact in a rapidly evolving healthcare industry. Here’s a quick preview of potential career options and their corresponding salary outcomes:

Nurse Manager

Nurse Manager, typical annual salary: $120,000

Nurse Unit Manager

Nurse Unit Manager, typical annual salary: $128,000

Clinical Lead

Clinical Lead, typical annual salary: $110,000

Clinical Manager

Clinical Manager, typical annual salary: $115,000

Consultant Manager

Consultant Manager, typical annual salary: $165,000

Care Director

Care Director, typical annual salary: $130,000

Wellbeing Manager

Wellbeing Manager, typical annual salary: $125,000

*Salary outcomes captured by Seek.com.au, accurate as of September 2023.

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Learning outcomes with a Master of Healthcare Leadership degree online

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Apply contemporary theory to achieve innovative change

Lead change and innovation within health and social care contexts by developing innovative solutions using the latest evidence-based theories in health practice.

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Apply strategic management principles

Develop a range of interpersonal and practical skills you can apply to formulate, implement and evaluate effective strategies in health service management/settings.

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Adapt to changing healthcare systems

Learn contemporary theory and the latest relevant technologies, comparing health systems, practices and policies to improve quality and efficiencies of services.

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Entry requirements
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To gain entry into the Master of Healthcare Leadership, all applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed a minimum three (3) year Bachelor qualification, or equivalent, in a health-related discipline;

  • Provide evidence of minimum one (1) year full-time and current work experience at degree level in a health-related field and/or as acceptable to the School Board;

  • Be proficient in English.
  

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules.

At SCU Online, we value your past education and work experience, allowing you to potentially reduce the online Master of Healthcare Leadership course length through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Should you have any relevant professional work experience or academic qualifications that you would like us to acknowledge, please provide as much evidence of this as possible when applying to study the Master of Healthcare Leadership.

Gain credit for your previous experience and graduate even sooner with Advanced Standing. At SCU Online, we proactively assess each student’s prior learning, qualifications and professional experience and provide custom pathways to complete your Master of Healthcare Leadership online.

Find out more about applying for advanced standing

Need more information on the entry requirements?

Chat to a Student Enrolment Advisor today via live chat or call us on 1300 863 819 to discover your eligibility.

 

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Meet the course coordinator

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Dr Sarah Tillott is a mother, a researcher and a teacher, and she has university qualifications in the areas of health and education. With ten years of teaching at university, Sarah built the University of Wollongong's (UOW) Academic Resilience Framework, and has received several outstanding teaching and learning awards. By utilising her experience and expertise, Sarah is available to assist SCU Online Master of Healthcare Leadership students through:

  • Years of teaching experience: Gain insights into how to influence and drive positive changes in healthcare organisations and teams, as well as understand complex healthcare leadership concepts and practices.
  • Hands-on learning: Be prepared for real-world challenges and gain a unique perspective from a healthcare leader within different community settings.
  • Community engagement and cultural sensitivity: Learn about the importance of engaging with diverse communities and promoting inclusive healthcare leadership practices in a rapidly evolving industry.
  • Receive dedicated one-on-one support: Have a question regarding an assignment, a unit topic or deadline? Sarah is available throughout the course to provide any support and feedback that you need to succeed.

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What our students say about our Master of Healthcare Leadership online

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MHL student Kamala.

The skills I have developed in this course have contributed to changes in my practice which have then been passed on to my staff and the organisation. No knowledge gained from this course has or will ever be wasted.

Kamala Skinner

Master of Healthcare Leadership Graduate

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MHL student Carolyn at a desk.

The course is challenging yet rewarding and relevant to healthcare professionals working in the complex environments of the Australian healthcare system. Some of the advantages of learning online is that you choose the times when you study to suit your lifestyle and being able to meet and learn with other healthcare professionals from around Australia and overseas.

Carolyn Baker

Master of Healthcare Leadership Graduate

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MHL graduate Dave wearing graduation cap and ground at SCU.

My learnings have enabled me to expand my knowledge of critical thinking and with this in mind, I feel I have developed better ways to problem solve. I have also focussed more on reflective practice and self-reflection.

Dave Levings

Graduate Certificate in Health and Human Sciences

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MHL graduate Donna.

As a mother of two children, and working as a Clinical Coordinator at St Vincent's Private Hospital, studying a MHL at SCU Online has provided flexibility for study time, family life and work committments.

Donna Kelly

Master of Healthcare Leadership Graduate and Clinical Coordinator at St Vincents Private Hospital

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Frequently asked questions
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The online Master of Healthcare Leadership is designed to give you a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on the changing face of healthcare. You might be a registered nurse with many years of experience and want to move out of direct care, or you might be from an allied health background, such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, counselling or optometry, wanting to start your own practice. Whatever your health background, completing a Master of Healthcare Leadership online gives you more flexibility, more opportunities, and more transferable skills you can take with you into the future.

This degree focuses on building interdisciplinary leadership skills. Whatever your health background, completing a Master of Healthcare Leadership gives you more flexibility, more opportunities and more transferable skills you can take with you into the future.

To qualify for entry into the Master of Healthcare Leadership, all applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed a minimum three (3) year Bachelor degree, or equivalent, in a health-related discipline;
  • Provide evidence of minimum one (1) year full-time and current work experience at degree level in a health-related field and/or as acceptable to the School Board;
  • Be proficient in English.

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules.

The Southern Cross University Online Master of Healthcare Leadership requires you to complete 12 units. With six study periods a year, you could complete those 12 units in two years when studying part-time.

To gain your Master of Healthcare Leadership you will complete eleven core units and one (1) elective unit.

Below are some of the key learning outcomes of our Master of Healthcare Leadership.

Use contemporary theory to drive change:

  • Lead positive change with the ability to research and present solutions to key stakeholders using the latest evidence-based theories in health practice.

Become a strategic healthcare leader:

  • Further, develop the interpersonal skills needed for effective healthcare leadership, from social and emotional competence, leading effective learning and development of strategy.

Adapt to changing healthcare systems:

  • Learn contemporary theory, compare health systems, practices and policies to improve quality and efficiencies of services by taking advantage of the latest technology.

We may recognise and grant credit for past education, qualifications and/or work experience in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree.

Find out more about applying for advanced standing.

Advanced standing focuses primarily on receiving credit from previous academic study, such as an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, while RPL encompasses a wider range of learning experiences as well as professional work experience. Both processes provide the opportunity for you to have your prior learning recognised, thereby reducing the amount of time and effort required to complete the Master of Healthcare Leadership online.