Public Health Leadership and Management

Subject POPH90218 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 Hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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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Dr Arthur Hsueh
Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 0649 / 8344 0710

Dr Timothy Moore
Nossal Institute for Global Health
Alan Gilbert Building
Level 4, 161 Barry Street
Tel: +61 3 8344 1996 /8344 0912


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

Subject Overview:

This subject is a compulsory subject within the Master of Public Health. Successful public health practitioners require solid working knowledge of both leadership in public health and management in public health. “Public Health Leadership and Management” will expose students to relevant theories and models of public health leadership and management. These learnings will be grounded in real-life case studies of public health significance, interviews with experts in the field, and small group exploration and reporting on important public health issues.


On the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Employ key theories and models of leadership and management in relation to public health.
  • Examine how decision-making, resource allocation and communications are undertaken within and between various organisational structures.
  • Apply the fundamental management tasks of planning, budgeting, staffing, regulatory oversight, monitoring, reporting, coordinating and effective team building in health care organisations.
  • Apply fundamentals of good leadership and followership in relation to individual characteristics, leadership style, and organisational settings and change.


1. Group work - approximately five students per group

  • Oral presentation on a public health issue – 30 minutes per group on the last teaching day Due on the last teaching day (20%)
  • Written terms of reference, for the way the group is to operate as a team. Due on the third teaching day (5%)
  • Peer assessment of group members. Due two weeks after the last teaching day (5%)

2. Essay on a contemporary national or international public health issue – 3000 words. Due six weeks after the last teaching day (50%)
3. Critical reflection of achievement of course objectives through classroom and assessment activities – 1000 words. Due two weeks after the last teaching day (20%)

Prescribed Texts:

Students will be issued key readings for this subject.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this subject,students will have developed skills in:

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork and working with others

Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Gender and Women's Health
Global Health
Health Economics and Economic Evaluation
Health Program Evaluation
Health Social Sciences
Indigenous Health
Primary Care
Public Health
Sexual Health

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