PUBH3301 Health Leadership

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Population Health major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This undergraduate unit provides an overview of leadership principles and approaches relevant to the health sector, and with a particular focus on population health. Leadership in this unit is defined broadly, and includes: leading as individuals; leadership in groups and teams; leadership in health organisations; and concepts of shared and collective leadership around priority health issues facing society.

Different ways of describing and fostering the characteristics of effective leadership are reviewed. A distinction is made between management and leadership, and factors contributing to effective leadership in different contexts and settings are explored. The important role of interpersonal and communication skills in health leadership is considered, and the unit provides opportunities for student self-reflection and development of skills relevant to leadership.

The unit explores a range of contemporary issues that impact on health leadership in the twenty-first century, both nationally and internationally. An introduction is provided to several other substantive topics relevant to health leadership, such as ethical leadership and the importance of good governance, leading change, and the challenges for leadership in the face of a health crisis.
Students are able to (1) understand styles and attributes of effective health leadership; (2) critically analyse contemporary issues in health leadership; (3) apply leadership principles to different health issues and contexts; (4) understand principles of facilitating and leading change; (5) understand issues related to accountability and ethical leadership; and (6) enhance skills in interpersonal and written communication.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) major written assignment; (2) final examination; and (3) tutorial participation and contribution. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Lisa Wood
Unit rules
PUBH2204 Disease Prevention and Control
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week

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