Graduate Certificate in Leadership (Health and Human Services) (M5S)

Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

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Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported and Full Fee Paying places available (check your Letter of Offer for details)

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 809KB) for courses that are offered to international students

This course is designed to enhance the professional skills of health and human service professionals, clinical leaders, managers and policy/planning practitioners working, or aspiring to work,  in leadership or management positions within the broad health and human service sectors in Australia and internationally.  Graduates will develop in-depth contemporary knowledge of health and human service systems across a range of leadership and management dimensions including system planning, policy, strategy, governance, risk management, legal issues,  ethics, health economics, financial management, quality & safety, leading & managing change ,  professional supervision, epidemiology ,  evaluating data/ evidence and translating evidence into practice.  The course is able to be completed entirely via distance study methods but can be supported with optional mixed method delivery in some components of study at Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and Rozelle campuses particularly through short course intensives.

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership (Health and Human Services)  qualifies individuals who will apply a specialised body of knowledge and skills related to health & human service provision, system improvement, research and practice in a range of contexts for highly skilled professional practice, scholarship and as a pathway for further learning.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate program will:

  1. Integrate and relate specialised knowledge of the health & human service system and the  leadership and management skills and knowledge to situate professional practice within the challenges facing health & human service delivery;
  2. Source, analyse, synthesis, evaluate and apply information relevant to improving health & human service delivery across diverse contexts;
  3. Analyse, generate and communicate effective responses to complex problems and challenges in the context of leading & managing health & human service delivery and personal professional practice;
  4. Communicate effectively with peers, using a range of  different  modalities; and
  5. Apply learning to demonstrate autonomy, flexibility,  judgement , responsibility and accountability as a health & human service professional.

Career outcomes

Middle and senior leadership/management positions within the health and human service system including: clinical leadership positions,  professional discipline leadership positions,  operational management positions within government and  non-government organisations,  senior policy and  administrative positions within government and non-government organisations, service planning & commissioning roles within government and private practice leadership & management.

Course structure

This unit provides health and human service professionals with the opportunity to critically analyse a range of contemporary leadership frameworks and theories. There is a focus on the exploration and practical application of theories and techniques to improve understanding of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This broad unit introduces students to the interrelationship between health law and ethics, strategic planning, financial resourcemanagement and health policy development. It aims to help students develop a clear understanding of the dynamics of the healthcare environment and the importance…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit aims to provide a broad understanding of governance, clinical governance and risk management within the field of health and human services covering the relatively recent development and changes that have occurred in these areas. The Unit will also…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Select one elective from the following:

Globally, health systems are tasked with responding to contemporary challenges and the related disease burden and health needs of their population. This unit takes a systems approach to examine how health systems are designed, the key components, who pays, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Positive psychology addresses the conditions and processes that enable people, groups and institutions to flourish and function at an optimal level. The aim of this unit is to gain a clear understanding of the essential elements to leadership, and to…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Entry requirements

Standard Entry: requires an undergraduate degree from an Australian higher education institution or the equivalent standard in any other institution.  This includes a process to assess the equivalency of qualifications received from overseas institutions as approved by the Course Coordinator.

Alternative Entry:  Where this standard is not able to be met the following alternative criteria for equivalency can be considered by the Course Coordinator:

  1. Five years of relevant work experience demonstrating the relevance of the course and the prospective student's capacity to successfully undertake postgraduate study including reading, writing, analysis and research.

A record of high achievement with any uncompleted undergraduate study (Distinction Average) -

Graduate Diploma of Leadership (Health and Human Services) and Master of Leadership (Health and Human Services) to M9D (Professional Doctorate of Health). Also articulates with Bachelor of Health and Human Services (Leadership) Prof Hons

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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