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Health Leadership & Management

Explore Australian postgraduate health and social care focused leadership and management courses and choose the type of qualification that suits your career path and aspirations.

Why choose accelerated online study

We list programs from our Australian university partners that are offered in the online accelerated mode of study. This mode is specifically designed to cater for busy people, who are balancing work and life while continuing their education as they build or change their careers in health and social care roles.

Start when you want

New courses start every couple of months meaning that you can start at a time that fits in with your lifestyle.

Study at your own pace

If you want to fast track your study, you can take up to 6 units per year, or take breaks when you need.

Dedicated support

You get your own student success advisor with the sole purpose of supporting you through the course. 

  • Range of sub-majors including digital health, leadership and planning
  • Drive change across health and social care teams and organisations
  • Australia’s #1 university under 50 years old (QS Top Universities, 2021)
  • 24 months (part-time)
  • $3,192 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 12 units
  • Specialise in quality and safety in health and social care settings
  • Choose from a range of electives and sub-majors
  • Australia’s #1 university under 50 years old (QS Top Universities, 2021)
  • 24 months (part-time)
  • $3,192 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 12 units
  • Learn from UTS’s AACSB-accredited Business School
  • 31 diverse electives including 8 in health
  • Tailor your MBA for a future in health or beyond
  • 24 months (part-time)
  • $4,218 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 12 units
  • Develop strong, strategic leadership capabilities
  • Broaden your opportunities beyond frontline care
  • User-friendly online learning environment
  • 24 months (part-time)
  • $2,500 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 12 units
  • One of Australia’s most affordable MBAs online
  • Speacialise in Health Services Management or broaden your skill set
  • Accelerated and designed for busy professionals
  • 24 months (part-time)
  • $2,900 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 16 units
  • Australia’s #1 university under 50 years old (QS Top Universities, 2021)
  • A pathway to a Master of Health Services Management
  • Gain a foundational understanding of Australian health and social care
  • 8 months (part-time)
  • $3,192 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 4 units
  • A pathway to the Master of Healthcare Leadership
  • Broaden your opportunities beyond frontline care
  • Designed for busy healthcare professionals
  • 8 months (part-time)
  • $2,500 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 4 units

In times of upheaval, strong leaders guide the way forward.

COVID-19 has thrown significant challenges at the health industry – from the way we treat patients to the way we manage staff. Now, it’s time to take what we've learned and improve the way we work.  

That’s where you come in. As a leader in health, you’ll apply your skills and experience to optimise organisational effectiveness, encourage innovation and achieve better outcomes for patients. Health leadership roles come with a strong growth outlook. 

Health leadership in Australia: overview

COVID-19 has fundamentally challenged the modern healthcare system. And with an ageing population, more frequent natural disasters and the likelihood of future pandemics, the challenges are only growing. Skilled, innovative leadership is in demand as we make sure we’re ready to take on whatever the future holds. 

Postgraduate studies in health leadership give you a versatile, interdisciplinary qualification you can apply in a range of roles and settings.  

Interdisciplinary skills in health system management and quality control are particularly valued in the post-COVID world. In the wake of the Aged Care Royal Commission, skills in aged-care leadership are in high demand too. As noted by KPMG in its analysis of the Royal Commission’s Interim Report, “The work of change must be leader-led from across the aged care sector. 

Depending on your previous experience and career goals, you could find yourself running a nursing unit in a hospital, managing a multidisciplinary community health services, or developing and implementing quality-control processes in a clinical environment. Potential roles include medical administrator, health service manager and program manager. 

In 2021, there were nearly 8,000 job listings for health leaders. Of these, 3,148 were for health and welfare services managers and 4,643 for medical administrators. 

The average advertised real-time salary for health and welfare services manager roles in Australia in 2021 was $124,000 per year. Senior leadership roles in the health sector can earn significant salaries of over $200,000 per year. 

 

Skills gained & learning outcomes in online health leadership and management postgraduate studies 

Online postgraduate study lets you build theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills, all while you work. You’ll examine contemporary healthcare and leadership concepts, then learn how to combine that knowledge with available resources to effectively guide teams through change. 

Our partner universities work closely with a host of industry bodies to develop their courses. You can be sure that your curriculum is designed around the contemporary industry and sits at the forefront of health best practice.

 

Online postgraduate study in health leadership will empower you with skills such as: 

  • Leading individuals and teams to improve quality, safety, risk and cost within complex healthcare systems.
     
  • Engaging and unifying stakeholders to drive desired future outcomes.
     
  • The ability to adapt to a changing healthcare system.
     
  • How to maintain relevance in a rapidly evolving environment, shaped by technological change, interdisciplinary thinking and macro circumstances such as global pandemics.
     
  • Research skills and presentation of solutions to stakeholders using evidence-based health care delivery theories.
     
  • Applying evidence-based thinking to arrive at better decisions across a range of healthcare disciplines. 
     

Topics you will cover: 

  • Managing change across multi-professional, interdisciplinary healthcare teams.
  • The complexities of our healthcare systems and services, including their policies and politics.
  • Data analysis, including the potential of digital health to harness data to improve decision making and drive change that achieves improved outcomes for patients and communities.
  • Interpersonal skills needed for effective leadership, including social and emotional competence, leading effective learning, and strategy development.
  • The driving forces behind the business of health care.
  • How to apply evidence-based thinking to improve decision making across a range of healthcare disciplines.
  • Comparisons of health systems, practices and policies and their impact on service quality and efficiencies. 

 

Career outcomes for online health leadership and management courses 

With a postgraduate qualification in health leadership you’ll be ready to take on roles such as: 

Medical practice manager  

  • Salary range: $85,000–136,000/year  
  • As a practice manager, you’ll take control of the high-level strategy and planning functions that make a practice ‘tick’ 
  • Use your skills and experience to make a practice operate more efficiently and provide the best possible experience for patients 

Executive director of nursing  

  • Salary range: $122,000–$173,000/year 
  • As a director of nursing, you’ll lead nursing teams on the frontline of hospitals and medical clinics  
  • Maintain high standards of patient care, create training programs and support staff to achieve their objectives 
  • These roles have strong future growth prospects  

Social services manager 

  • Salary range: $62,000–122,000/year, with an average base salary of $83,000/year 
  • Take a leading role with services that help some of the community’s most vulnerable people 
  • Drive efficiency, allocate budgets, plan new initiatives and help make a tangible difference in clients’ lives 

Other possible career paths include: 

  • Healthcare manager 
  • Medical administrator 
  • Primary health organisation manager 
  • Health service manager 
  • Program director 

 

The difference between a specialist masters in healthcare leadership or health services management and an MBA

Broadly, there are two pathways you can choose from if you want to build your skills in health management and leadership through postgraduate study: 

  • a master's degree focusing on the healthcare sector or managing health services  
  • a Master of Business Administration (MBA). 

The pathway you choose depends on your interests and career aspirations. The key differences between the two are: 

 

Specialist health leadership and/or management masters  Master of Business Administration 
Can require a health or social care undergraduate degree as a prerequisite. Courses without this requirement offer opportunities for those with non-health backgrounds to build skills, knowledge and credentials in the health sector.  Can require undergraduate business studies. Courses without this requirement may require people with no business/administration experience to undertake additional units of study in business foundations. 
Majority of course content is specific to the health sector.  Course content includes data, case studies and other content from a boarder range of industries. May offer a health major or specialisation. 
Tends to focus specifically on the Australian regulatory environment.  Tends to have a more global perspective in content. 
Covers management topics including people, organisation, strategy, etc., but rarely marketing, IT or finance.  Generally, a broader business degree than a specialist masters. Covers the range of enterprise functions – marketing, finance, accounting, HR, IT, operations management, strategy. 
Suitable for people who aspire to be leaders within the health or social care sectors.  Suitable for those whose ultimate goal is to work either outside the health sector, or within the health sector in senior leadership or business management positions.