7WLM0020 Leadership for Public Health Practice (Lvl 7) (Online)

About the course

This online course will enable you to: 

  • discuss and explore what is meant by leadership 
  • examine the impact of the leader in public health practice, within a multidisciplinary team, and in partnership with other professionals 
  • reflect on your role as a strategic leader and display critical self-appraisal and reflective practice 
  • recognise and develop your leadership potential and develop new sights and new ways of working 
  • Be knowledgeable of how to promote change and sustained public health development within your work setting. 

For more information, please email our Online Degrees Team. 

Who should attend this course? 

  • anyone working in health care, social care or similar public health service, who wants to enhance their leadership skills in public health practice 
  • the course is tailored implicitly towards the needs of diverse health professionals including doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, public health nurses, allied health, social care and environmental health professionals and those in the wider public health workforce in the non-governmental sector 
  • for those who are not ready to commit to the complete degree yet and would like to try a course to see how online study will fit around their work and life commitments. 

Course content 

The course will enable you to understand the multi-faceted nature of leadership for public health. It will encourage you to recognise your approach to leadership, how leadership is undertaken within your work setting and the multiple factors that shape prevailing leadership styles. Furthermore,  you will learn the impact of this on colleagues, team working and for clients. This Leadership for Public Health Practice course pays particular attention to the public health practitioner as a leader within contemporary organisations.  

On this course, you will also conduct groups presentations on a series of seminars, which address the following topics:

  • The Changing Context of Work  

This covers elements from hierarchy to new patterns of leadership and responsibility, including areas such as the changing nature of work, post-modern thought: policy change and decentralisation of power and responsibilities, tribes and clans and the patterns of working and organisations. 

  • Theories and Leadership  

You will be get involved in discussion of the distinction between leadership and management, specifically exploring how leadership is experienced within health and social care, power and conflict as well as the influences of gender, class, race and organisational power in the development of leadership. 

  • Working as a Leader  

This involves understanding personal leadership styles, ethical demands and issues facing the practitioner as leader, supervision and governance, management of stress, releasing talent, working smarter, emotional intelligence and transactional responsibilities. 

Further study 

For students who want to further develop and enhance their skills and knowledge in Leadership for Public Health Practice, this course can also be used towards the following pathways: 

The Master of Public Health course has been validated by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA). This is an independent international accreditation organisation, providing international and transparent recognition of the quality of the public health master's programme. 

Teaching methods

The course is delivered online with live webinars, as well as use of audio and video resources. You will also be required to work in groups for presentation work. 


The module is assessed in two parts:  

  • a critical reflection based on the results of a completed personal Belbin profile  
  • a critical evaluation of leadership style/s and ability to act as a strategic leader within the context of the organisation.  



Start DateEnd DateLink
25/05/202430/09/2024Apply online (Distance (Part Time))


Start DateEnd DateLink
25/05/202530/09/2025Apply online (Distance (Part Time))

Course fees

2022/23 price for 15 credits: £800

2022/23 price for 30 credits: £1600