School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Strategy Policy & Change (PHCM9391)

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This course is designed to help students develop their knowledge, skills and perspectives regarding change management, including the use of strategic planning and policy development to affect change. During the course, an analysis of models of change management is undertaken in addition to studying the strategies, techniques and tools that can be used to facilitate leading change in the health sector.  Cultural, societial, political and psychological influences on the change process are explored. The course aims to introduce material that engages participants in a dialogue regarding change in the health sector, in addition to providing insight into the process.  Participants will be encouraged to explore how they might improve their capacity to lead change through policy-making and strategic planning.

Credit points

This course is a core course of the Master of Health Management program, comprising six units of credit towards the total required for completion of the MHM program. It can also be used to provide six units of credit towards other programs such as the Master of Public Health and Master of International Public Health degrees.

Mode of study

External (Distance) and Internal (Face-to-Face) classes on campus.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to develop and enhance your understanding and skills in developing strategies, using policy to advantage, and leading change within the health sector.

Course Outcomes

The outcomes for this course are to enable you to:

  • Identify and explore management issues related to the health sector for leading change.
  • Demonstrate ability to think strategically about the health system including its problems and potential solutions for improvement.
  • Formulate policy solutions that can be defended within a health service context and contribute to change for improving health outcomes.
  • Identify the influence of diverse factors on change processes including individual psychology, teamwork and culture.
  • Apply various tools to lead change initiatives within a health service.
  • Propose evidence-informed approaches for integrating, sustaining and evaluating change
  • Assess your own managerial assumptions, standpoints and approaches for informing strategic approaches to policy and change in health service contexts.
Teaching strategies and learning outcomes

The creation of strategies and policies and the implementation of change and improvement initiatives are inherently practical competencies. Therefore, while this course is based on theory and evidence, it also focusses on the application of knowledge and development of managerial skills. A particular aim of this course is to expose you to a number of practical tools designed to improve managerial and organisational performance.


Assessment Task 1 - Short answer questions
Weighting: 40%
Length: 1200 words (300 words each)

Assessment Task 2 - Change management plan
Weighting: 60%
Length: 2500 words

Readings and resources
Learning resources for this course consist of the following:
  1. Course notes and readings
  2. Weekly lectures (either face-to-face or online)
  3. Moodle discussion board
  4. Webinars (external students only)

Please note there are no set texts for this course. However, the readings are a key element of the course, and are provided for each section.