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What will I learn?

The online Master of Healthcare Leadership is designed to give you a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on the changing face of healthcare. You might be a registered nurse with many years of experience and want to move out of direct care, or you might be from an allied health background, such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, counselling or optometry, wanting to start your own practice.

Whatever your health background, completing a Master’s in healthcare leadership online gives you more flexibility, more opportunities, and more transferable skills you can take with you into the future.

Learning outcomes
Use contemporary theory to drive change

Lead positive change with the ability to research and present solutions to key stakeholders using the latest evidence-based theories in health practice.

Become a strategic healthcare leader

Further, develop the interpersonal skills needed for effective healthcare leadership, from social and emotional competence, leading effective learning and development of strategy.

Adapt to changing healthcare systems

Learn contemporary theory, compare health systems, practices and policies to improve quality and efficiencies of services by taking advantage of the latest technology.

What you will study

The online Master of Healthcare Leadership has 11 core units and one elective unit. Learn more about the units you need to study as part of your online healthcare leadership degree below.


Appraising Evidence
Discovery and Enquiry in Health: The Critical Literature Review
Pitch and Propose
Leading Change in Healthcare
Strategic Health Management
Health Systems, Policies and Practices
Principles and Practices of Clinical Accountability
Social and Emotional Competence in the Workplace
Leadership and Management in Health
Healthcare Professional Portfolio A
Teaching and Supervision in a Clinical Setting

What our students do

Current SCU Online Master of Healthcare Leadership students and graduates work across many roles in the healthcare industry. Below is a snapshot of some of these roles and jobs.

  • Acting Nurse Manager
  • Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Clinical Coach
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Social Work Department Manager
  • Nurse Unit Manager
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Speech Pathologist

Study options

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$15,000.00 (8,11,249) per year
Total cost: AUD $30,000; Cost per unit: AUD $2,500
Start date

July 2022, September 2022, November 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to have a degree considered by the University to be equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree. Students without a degree but with substantial relevant work experience may be admitted to a Graduate Diploma or Masters. Be proficient in English.

For international students

To qualify for entry into the Master of Healthcare Leadership, all applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed a minimum three (3) year Bachelor qualification, or equivalent, in a health-related discipline;
  • Provide evidence of minimum one (1) year full-time and current work experience at degree level in a health-related field and/or as acceptable to the School Board;
  • Be proficient in English.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

Southern Cross University Online offers below pathways courses for this subject