HLTHMGT 754 : Health Leadership

Medical and Health Sciences

2023 Semester Two (1235) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Establishes the conceptual foundation of health leadership related to the self, others and organisations. Contemporary leadership frameworks are compared and linked to leadership theory and concepts in the context of improving health and outcomes.

Course Overview

This course is designed to help health professionals and others interested in working in the health industry to understand why leadership is important in addressing health care challenges  and how leadership can be developed in and throughout health systems. The course contains theories and frameworks of leadership best practice, and tools that help application of these to practice. Students are asked to reflect on leadership as a process in their current or envisaged health workplace settings and to consider how they can best  develop their own leadership capabilities. 

The course is organised into six themes which are introduced gradually  over the semester. Each class day (4 in total) focuses on one or two themes: The six themes are:

1. Health leadership strategies, frameworks and theories
2. Leadership as a response to challenges in health systems
3. Leadership and self
4. Leadership and others (including teams)
5. Change leadership
6. Leader and leadership development

Course Requirements

Restriction: NURSING 732, POPLHLTH 754

Course Contacts

Course Director
Professor Paula Lorgelly
 Professor of Health Economics | Ahorangi Ōhanga Hauora
School of Population Health 
Extn 89392

Course Administrator
Mrs Upendra Wickramarachchi
Email: u.wicks@auckland.ac.nz

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss and critically analyse examples of health leadership theories, frameworks and concepts with application to Aotearoa/New Zealand. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2 and 6.1)
  2. Understand the relationship between health system failures in New Zealand and globally and the role of leadership in preventing and addressing failures and improving outcomes. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2, 5.1, 5.3, 6.1 and 6.2)
  3. Discuss ways in which leadership concepts can be used within health organisations to achieve outcomes for service users and communities. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2 and 5.1)
  4. Apply leadership theories and best practice to leadership of multi-professional health teams and change in health organisations. (Capability 1.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2 and 5.2)
  5. Apply techniques for assessing and developing self and others as leaders. (Capability 1.2, 3.1, 3.2 and 5.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Essay 30% Individual Coursework
Professional Development Plan 30% Individual Coursework
Proposal 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Professional Development Plan

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 24 hours of seminar content (including online and face-to-face), with the remaining time used for  reading and thinking about the content and work on assignments.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including full-day classes to complete components of the course. On campus classes will be scheduled as full days and there will be a minimum of 2 full days (with the balance carried out online) and a maximum of 4 on campus.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including full-day classes will be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Course information, material and discussion forums are made available to students via CANVAS, the university's learning management system. There is no text for the course, however articles and readings are provided and there is a good collection of leadership texts held in the University of Auckland library system. 

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

For example in response to student feedback in the past, the classes were changed from six half days to four full days to enable students to better manage their work commitments. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.