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Leadership and management in healthcare for public health

This module aims to provide skills, knowledge and standards of leadership in healthcare and to provide students tools that will help them engage in leadership and management roles gradually during their career.

Dates and times

This course is delivered entirely online. Pre-recorded materials will be available a week in advance and will be complemented with live online seminars every Friday afternoon for an hour (2-3.30pm) for 12 weeks. 

Online live Induction:

  • 18th September 2023 betweem 2-3.30pm (Zoom link will be send closer to the day).

Online live seminars will take place on a Friday afternoon from 2-3.30pm on:

  • 22nd, 29th September 2023
  • 6th, 13th, and 20th October 2023
  • 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th November 2023
  • 1st, 8th and 15th December 2023.

Please note that this is an indicative only schedule, and the sessions might be subject to change, although the dates presented above are fixed.

Seminar attendance is encouraged but it is at your discretion to attend live or watch the recorded seminars at your own time and pace.

In addition to the pre-recorded materials and live seminars, you will need to study independently and prepare for the seminars if required. You will need to commit approximately 130 hours for this throughout the course.


The full cost is £917 excluding the course assessment. 

Participants can opt to take the course assessment at an additional cost of £250. The deposit cost is £50 which is payable upon application. The course fee excludes refreshments and accommodation. Information on accommodation on campus or in local hotels can be provided upon request.

Please ensure you can commit to the scheduled dates as unfortunately we are unable to give refunds.

St Mary's University alumni receive a 20% discount.


This module will provide an overview of leadership in healthcare settings and professional opportunities that students will likely face. It will consider national and local management across healthcare services and how this has changed over the last years. It will explore leadership and what exactly it is and how it can be implemented in healthcare settings.

Students will learn about the concept of emotional intelligence and other management strategies that will give them the tools to engage in at leader level across the interdisciplinary team that they will be working on.

It is expected that students will explore values of management and leadership and they will begin to consider themselves as leaders and how these elements will enable them to take the lead in team projects and autonomous practice.


Participants who complete and pass the course assessment will receive a certificate of accreditation at master’s level.

For participants who choose not to undertake the assignments, a certificate of attendance will be provided.

The course assessment is a written report and an individual conference style presentation.


Students will normally be expected to have achieved a 2:1 or a good 2:2 (or equivalent) in a related discipline, including: 

  • health promotion
  • public health
  • medicine
  • nursing or allied health
  • health-related studies (e.g., psychology, nutrition)
  • social sciences
  • biosciences
  • sport science
  • environmental health.

Undergraduate degrees in other disciplines may also be considered.

Applicants with two years of relevant non-certified learning and professional experience in a relevant field of work, such as relevant extracurricular activities or volunteer work will also be considered.

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

How to apply

Please complete the application form to apply for this course and forward references and evidence to supporting your application to


Students will receive a certificate of attendance.

Students who opt to take the assessment and pass will also receive transcript detailing 20 credits at master's level. Please note that the transcript will follow once internal and external quality assurance processes have been completed. Credits may be transferred onto existing master's degrees at St Mary’s University.

For more information about this course please contact the Short Courses team: