Health leadership & management

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

Driving improvements in healthcare systems and services

Health leadership and management explores current and emerging influences on the healthcare sector. It examines the principles that underpin health systems and services, including strategic planning, policy development, change management, financial management, health economics, evidence-informed decision-making, clinical governance, risk management, quality improvement, integrated care, patient safety and value-based healthcare. 

Join a sector-leading population health community

This study area is delivered by UNSW's School of Population Health - 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. 

Our teaching is strongly influenced by our research. Our staff bring expertise from multiple disciplines and have experience across local, national and global settings. Our students benefit from research and collaboration opportunities at our internationally recognised research centres and institutes. Our programs are designed to be relevant to the workplace, with many opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge to practice. 

The PLuS Alliance is a partnership between three leading research universities – Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW. This partnership was 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. 

Enhance your career prospects

A qualification in health leadership and management will transform you into a work-ready manager, who can provide effective leadership of health service issues, teams and systems. There’s strong demand for 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.

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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