Healthcare leadership & management

Lead healthcare teams, transform systems, and tackle some of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges with a postgraduate qualification in health leadership and management, and enhance health outcomes on a local, national, and international level.

Students learning in the Medicine & Health facilities at the UNSW Kensington campus

What is health leadership and management?

In health leadership and management, you’ll explore current and emerging influences on the healthcare sector, and develop the leadership skills to move into more senior roles in a diverse range of health organisations and settings. 

You’ll learn about the principles that underpin our health systems and services, including strategic planning, policy development, clinical governance, change management, quality enhancement and decision-making, health economics and healthcare financial management, as well as patient safety and values-based healthcare.  

Our health leadership and management qualifications also offer the opportunity to upskill with relevant professional experience, by completing an internship in a health organisation. You’ll gain valuable leadership and management work experience, which could include analysing and interpreting data, program development, policy development, advocacy, and more.

Careers in health leadership and management

There’s a strong demand for senior health management professionals in the public and private health sectors, both within Australia and internationally. Our alumni currently hold leadership roles in public and private healthcare sector services spanning hospital, community, aged, primary and allied healthcare. Many of our graduates occupy senior executive, general management, health ministry and other health leadership roles across Australia and around the world.

A postgraduate qualification in health leadership and management could open up job opportunities in:

  • health services general management
  • health services c-suite roles
  • government and non-government policy
  • medical communications
  • medical insurance management
  • non-government health service management
  • health economics
  • health program management
  • healthcare consultancy.

Why study health leadership and management at UNSW?

For more than 60 years, we’ve prepared healthcare professionals for leadership and managerial roles in healthcare – in Australia and around the world. 

Join a top-ranking faculty

Our Faculty of Medicine & Health is ranked #54 worldwide, and #28 for public health research. Our health management program is the largest and oldest in Australia. UNSW's School of Population Health is a leader in academic excellence, global impact and social engagement. Our dynamic, international community of staff, alumni, practitioners and students are working together to enhance population health and healthcare systems.

Global partnerships and opportunities

The PLuS Alliance is a partnership between three leading research universities – Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW – designed to solve global challenges and increase access to world-class higher education in high-need areas. Through the PLuS Alliance, you can take online courses with Arizona State University, giving you the opportunity to expand your professional network and bring a global perspective to your education. 

Collaborate with world-leading medical research centres and institutes

Ranked #1 for research impact in Australia, UNSW’s internationally-recognised medical research centres and institutes are conducting ground-breaking research and discovering new cures, treatment strategies and therapies that have real-world impact. They’re working to eliminate infectious diseases, improve health equity, and use big data to enhance health and well-being for everyone. Students can take advantage of research and collaboration opportunities at our research centres and institutes, which include:

Our facilities

UNSW’s Faculty of Medicine & Health has five schools, nine teaching hospitals and rural clinical campuses across NSW, and we’re investing $1 billion in the development of our health precincts

Our programs

Indigenous Alternative Entry Scheme

The Indigenous Entry Scheme redresses the imbalance of access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to population health programs.

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