Practice of Public Health Leadership

Subject POPH90191 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Classroom Block

Subject Quota: 45

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


Professor Rob Moodie
Nossal Institute for Global Health
Alan Gilbert Building
Level 4, 161 Barry Street
Tel: +61 3 8344 1993 / 9035 6765


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 builds on from the compulsory Public Health Leadership and Management Subject to provide an understanding of how different leaders practice 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 examines leadership from political, bureaucratic, business, media and community perspectives at international, national, and local levels. It also covers advocacy and methods for getting public health issues onto the public agenda.
In examining your/an organisation it looks at power structures, people of influence, the characteristics of good leaders and the fundamentals of leading, managing and being a member of 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 are invited to present on this subject.


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Analyse and define the key characteristics of successful leaders, studied and observed during he course
  • Understand the key challenges in contemporary public health leadership roles
  • Develop their own plan for further developing and practising leadership skills in their lives
  • Develop a strategy to put a public health issue onto the political/community agenda,
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate and practise leadership and followership skills in a team


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%).

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Students will be issued key readings for this subject.

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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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