The Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership and Management provides you with the essential knowledge, skills and attributes required for senior managerial roles in health service delivery. It aims to help promote current and future leaders who are skilled in strategic planning, quality and safety improvement and monitoring, and policy making in a wide variety of contexts. These include the hospital and community health care services, aged care services, ministries and departments of health, government and non-government and voluntary organisations, primary care and general practice, in both public and private sectors.

You will receive a strong grounding in the principles underpinning health systems and services and be equipped to contribute knowledge and techniques with well-developed judgement for improving health service outcomes in specific and diverse health management contexts.

Program Code


UAC Code

910826 (CSP) 910827



Total units of credit (UOC)




Indicative Enrolments


Why choose this degree?

This program will help you become a capable leader in health-service management roles in Australia or internationally.

Who should choose this degree?

Health professionals keen to update and improve their skills and knowledge or move into a health administration or health management professional role, will choose this degree.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Support to health service leaders and managers
  • Medical administrator
  • Medical manager
  • Health management academic career pathway

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have either:

  • An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below) and two years full-time professional or volunteer experience. This may also include equivalent professional experience acquired as part of a degree of 4 or more years duration (e.g. MBBS, MD)


  • An undergraduate degree plus an honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below)

[*Examples include, but are not restricted to, medicine, nursing, allied health, health sciences, biomedical sciences, dentistry, social work, sociology, behavioural and social sciences, psychology, marketing, human services, emergency services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration, business, management, engineering, law, science, mathematics and statistics, economics, policy studies and development studies.]

Applications will be assessed in accordance with the UNSW Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Procedure.

Application Procedure

For Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens, applications for postgraduate coursework programs at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine are online through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

For international students, applications for postgraduate coursework programs at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine are online through UNSW Apply Online.

Please note: The Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership and Management cannot be completed on a full-time basis if students commence in Semester 1 or Summer. Students should apply to commence in Semester 2 if they want to complete the program on a full-time basis.

Please contact the Student Services office for further information postgrad-sphcm@unsw.edu.au

How to apply

Applications for domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Postgraduate.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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