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Leadership in Health and Human Services

Become a leader in health and human services.

Every health organisation needs qualified and passionate leaders. This course will give you the skills to accentuate your natural leadership qualities, or help you find skills you didn’t know you had. The course focuses on providing skills to emerging, middle and senior managers, clinicians, and health professionals working within health and human services.

While studying, you’ll develop in-depth contemporary knowledge of health and human service systems across a range of leadership and management dimensions.

Course Options

Master of Leadership (Health and Human Services)

1.5 years min, 7 years max

View course details Master of Leadership (Health and Human Services)

Graduate Diploma of Leadership (Health and Human Services)

1 year min, 5 years max

View course details Graduate Diploma of Leadership (Health and Human Services)

Graduate Certificate in Leadership (Health and Human Services)

0.5 year min, 3 years max

View course details Graduate Certificate in Leadership (Health and Human Services)

Study entirely online or with an optional mixed method delivery system.

Engage in work-based application of theory that builds critical thinking skills.

Flexible pathways and timelines to help maintain a work/life/study balance.

Study options

Coursework pathway

Take this pathway to study units in Systems Thinking in Public Health and Health Economics. Systems thinking is an approach to public health that allows us to understand and manage complex problems. Health economics aims to provide participants with a basic understanding of health economics, its value, and limitations.

Professional practice pathway

This pathway will allow you to study professional practice units. Develop professional competencies through a program of work-integrated learning in professional practice.

Research pathway

Take on a major project as the final part of your master’s degree. This provides an opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of original, independent research, building on and focussed on the topics that are of particular interest to you.

Course breakdown

The revised Leadership Course has additional choice at the Masters level of study. Students can choose between three optional pathways.

These pathways include:
  • undertaking a supervised Work-Based Research Project
  • continuation of Coursework by online study
  • an Advanced Leadership in Practice/Guiding Transformation twelve-month program


Graduate Certificate in Leadership (Health and Human Services)

50 credit points

Core units:
37.5 credit points

  • Leadership in Health and Human Services
  • Management in Health and Human Services
  • Risk Management and Governance

Then study one of the following electives:

  • Global Health Systems
  • Positive Psychology & Leadership


Graduate Diploma of Leadership (Health and Human Services)

100 credit points

Study the Graduate Certificate core units, plus "Global Health Systems".

Then study:

  • Evaluating Health Interventions
  • Leading and Managing Change in Health and Human Services

Followed by a choice of two electives out of 14 diverse choices.


Master of Leadership (Health and Human Services)

150 credit points

Meet the requirements of the Graduate Diploma, then choose between a:

  • Coursework pathway
  • Professional practice pathway
  • Research pathway

Career outcomes

Hear from one of our recent graduates, Dr Liz Webber

Dr Webber recently graduated from the Graduate Diploma in Leadership (Health and Human Services). Hear how the course has transformed her professional life.

The healthcare industry is expected to grow by over 15 percent over the next five years. This program has a clear focus on providing multidisciplinary leadership and management skills designed to equip emerging, middle and senior managers, clinicians, health professionals, administrators, policy officers, teachers and counsellors working within the broad fields of health and human services.

By undertaking these courses, you will be better equipped to tackle the leadership and management roles you are either currently fulfilling or aspire to reach within the Health and Human Services Sector.

Projected number of new healthcare jobs


Five years to 2024

Full-time role share of employment market


In the healthcare industry

Percentage of unfilled vacancies in healthcare


In 2017/18 financial year, up from 34% in previous year

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.