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HPOL5012: Leadership in Health

Many who come to assume leadership roles in health care often come to this responsibility without any exposure to leadership theory. Given this, HPOL5012 focuses on combining the development of an understanding of leadership theory with the personal development of students as health care leaders because ultimately leadership is about what you do, not what you know. Initially this is done by exploring the history of leadership theory and then taking this learning and applying it to the health care environment through a hierarchy that moves through ‘leading self’ then onto teams, organisations and ultimately society. The aim of this unit is to increase students' knowledge of leadership theory and their understanding of the connections between this theory and practice so as to assist their personal development as leaders in health care.

Code HPOL5012
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Students are expected to have at least 1 year work experience in a health practice, policy or administrative role

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Analyse fundamental theories of leadership including the identification of leadership styles, traits and approaches.
  • LO2. Understand the difference between leadership and management
  • LO3. Apply knowledge and practice to reflect about yourself and your current, and potential, leadership capability.
  • LO4. Understand why the practice of leadership is an ongoing development process that requires focus and discipline
  • LO5. Understand the specific requirements of leading during times of change
  • LO6. Understand the concept of leadership in the context of leading oneself, teams, organisations and society as a whole
  • LO7. Develop skills in critical analysis
  • LO8. Draw on an extensive set of resources on leadership built up during the Unit

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.