Practice of Public Health Leadership

Subject POPH90191 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours; 6 hours per day for 5 consecutive days, beginning in late September.
Total Time Commitment:


Prerequisites: -
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Professor Rob Moodie
Nossal Institute for Global Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 1993


Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824

Subject Overview: This subject introduces students to the real world of public health. It provides an understanding of the world in which health/ill health is created; an understanding of how power works, 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 covers the changing social, economic, commercial, cultural and political determinants that influence health and ill health. It examines the political, bureaucratic, business, media and community power and processes at international, national, and local levels.
In examining your/an organisation it looks at power structures, people of influence, the characteristics of good leaders and the fundamentals of leading and managing 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 will be invited to present on this subject.

Objectives: Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • Describe the emerging determinants of ill health,
  • Analyse the health implications of power and influence,
  • Develop a strategy to put a public health issue onto the political/community agenda,
  • Define the key characteristics of successful leaders,
  • 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.
Assessment: Group presentation on a specified topic due on the final teaching day of the subject (20%); journal reflection exercise of 1,000 words due 10 days after the final teaching day of the subject; final written assignment of 3,000 words due 6 weeks after the final teaching day of the subject (60%).
Prescribed Texts: Students will be issued key readings for this subject.
Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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.
Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Global Health
Public Health

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