Graduate Certificate in Medical and Health Leadership (Short Course and Online Delivery)

Course summary

Leadership and Management qualifications are important in developing skills for those who wish to obtain senior leadership or management positions in health. 

The Graduate Certificate is a pathway for further studies or roles in the sector and has been designed by industry and academic experts using real life, authentic learning experiences and activities. You will learn about clinical governance, healthcare systems, leading change in healthcare and emotional intelligence.

This qualification will broaden the employment scope for those working as health professionals with either a clinical or administrative background. You will acquire relevant critical skills and knowledge needed to be a health leader. 

This program is offered part-time, and is fully online, using best practice in technology-enhanced learning. It will be taught by experienced industry and academic staff.

Discounted short course
The Australian Federal Government recently announced discounted fees for short courses as part of the COVID recovery package. UOW’s Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health is proud to offer the Graduate Certificate in Medical and Health Leadership as one of these courses.

Interested applicants who are eligible* and available to study between May and December 2020 can undertake this degree at the heavily discounted rate of $2,500, enjoying the same world class learning experience and tangible outcomes they would if they were to study at any time. Visit the Discounted Short Courses website for more information and how to apply.

*Eligibility is determined by the Federal Government. Visit the Course Seeker website for more information.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine



Course Code



Regular intake:1 year part-time; Discounted short course: 6 months full-time




UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


Completion of a relevant Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience and a minimum of 2 years working within the health sector.


The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health subject to quota availability.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

Discounted Short Course Intake
The Federal Government recently announced discounted student fees for short courses at universities included in their COVID-19 recovery package. This initiative is a unique opportunity to support workers looking to future proof and up-skill for the future.

UOW is offering a broad range of heavily subsidised short courses that can be studied online and completed by December 2020. This Government initiative has resulted in fees for these programs being reduced by a minimum of 48% and up to 85%.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

This program is not available to international applicants.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



International students All other students.



All students



< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates




2020 Spring


Orientation: 27 July 2020
Session: 3 August - 2 December 2020

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 June 2020. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: This course is not available to international applicants.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Critically evaluate the components of clinical governance and the effect these have on healthcare systems.
2 Apply theories and frameworks of leadership for practice in healthcare systems.
3 Evaluate the role of leadership in effecting and leading change.
4 Critically analyse and synthesise complex challenges and generate strategic solutions to problems.
5 Exercise critical thinking in developing and applying new understanding.
6 Communicate knowledge and ideas regarding leadership and medical administration to a variety of audiences.
7 Initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions related to being a health leader or manager in a professional context.

Course Structure 

To qualify for award of the degree, the Graduate Certificate in Medical and Health Leadership, a candidate must successfully complete at least 24 credit points in accordance with the table below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
SMAH915 Clinical Governance 6 Autumn, Spring
SMAH916 Health Care Systems 6 Autumn, Spring
SMAH917 Leading Change In Healthcare 6 Spring
SMAH918 Emotional Intelligence for Leaders 6 Spring

Course Structure for the Federal Government Scheme Short Course Program

Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Medical and Health Leadership through the Federal Government Scheme are required to complete the subjects listed in the table below:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
HSMA915 Clinical Governance 6 Spring
HSMA916 Health Care Systems 6 Spring
HSMA917 Leading Change In Healthcare 6 Spring
HSMA918 Emotional Intelligence for Leaders 6 Spring
Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 14.9% to employment growth from 2018 to 2023. This brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. (Source: Employment Projections)

Working in health requires real-world practical skills and contemporary knowledge. At UOW we're committed to 'enquiry-based learning' that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world. You'll benefit from practical placements where you'll develop your skills on real people, in a real-world setting.

Our courses are taught by professionals who are world-leading researchers and experienced practitioners/clinicians, so the skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future. Our professional health degrees are highly respected and valued by industry, so the qualifications you earn will be recognised and highly sought after when you graduate.

Discounted Short Course Delivery
There are many benefits to completing this Graduate Certificate between May and December 2020 as part of the Australian Government short course subsidy. Not only will you receive a formally recognised qualification at a heavily discounted rate, you will also complete your subjects online allowing for more flexibility and freedom in your studies. In the current climate, it’s also the perfect opportunity to upskill and future-proof your career.