The details
Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: CPD microcredential (20 credits) Study duration: 13 weeks
For queries: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358 Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning

Learn how to lead a healthcare organisation to success with this thought-provoking CPD microcredential module.  

You’ll explore a wide range of leadership theories to help you develop your own style. You’ll also consider how the nature of your organisation has an impact on behaviour and how critical incidents can affect leadership performance. 

The module covers a wide scope of topics, including: 

  • alternative leadership theories  
  • organisational culture and leadership  
  • how to manage people and build successful working relationships  
  • assessment and diagnostic tools 

Once you’ve completed the module, you have the opportunity to study one of our popular postgraduate health courses. 

Why we’re great

  • Study 100% online, part-time, with no need for a career break.  
  • Receive your CPD microcredential certificate from the University of Essex, a top 40 UK university (Complete University Guide 2023).  
  • All our modules are taught by industry leaders and subject experts with a wealth of experience. 

You’ll study the following topics as part of the CPD microcredential module: 

  • what is leadership? 
  • power, influence and negotiation 
  • leadership approaches  
  • organisation and leadership 
  • leadership and emotional intelligence 
  • healthcare leadership and example cases 
  • culture, gender and leadership 
  • leading a team 
  • people management 
  • leadership instruments and assessment tests  
  • ethics and leadership 
  • reflection techniques 

Teaching methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or in a café.

Our CPD microcredentials are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the module content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your dedicated Student Support team

To ensure you receive high-quality tutor support, each class is capped at 20 students.


Assessment methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you’ll be assessed exclusively through a presentation and academic essay or report. 

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent
  • you will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start
  • you will be able to clearly view your marks in your gradebook whenever you log on to the learning platform
  • there is a seven-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work
  • you will have regular contact with your Student Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise

Study duration

Our Healthcare Leadership in Practice CPD microcredential module has a study duration of 13 weeks, including a one-week induction to help you settle into online study. 

The Healthcare Leadership in Practice CPD microcredential module offers a whole host of opportunities. On successful completion, you’ll receive a digital certificate confirming you’ve achieved 20 academic credits at postgraduate level. This will be beneficial whether you’re looking to climb the career ladder or take the first step into a healthcare role – helping you stand out amongst the competition. 

If you wish to continue your studies and boost your prospects, you could choose additional health CPD microcredentials, such as Epidemiology or Topics in Public Health. Alternatively, you could progress on to one of the following postgraduate qualifications: 

Please note, acceptance on to a postgraduate qualification is subject to meeting the entry requirements of your chosen programme. 

No formal qualifications or experience is necessary.  

As our modules are delivered in English, a high proficiency of English is required. If English isn’t your first language, your ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.  

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you’re a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries. 

Full tuition fee: £1,320 (2022-23) Δ  

  • Our modules are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.  
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you’re a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.   
  • We offer a 14-day moneyback guarantee, so if you decide your course isn’t for you during the first 14 days, we’ll give you a full refund. Terms and conditions apply. 

Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process. 

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach on our Healthcare Leadership in Practice module are experts in the health field.

What our students say

Obinna Orjingene - Master of Public Health (MPH)

I was part of a medical team that supported Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in North-East Nigeria. I was working in the emergency room and intensive care unit providing critical care to paediatric emergencies. In particular, I was looking after children who had fled armed conflict and were living in slum dwellings either with their parents or guardians. It was here that I was convinced Public Health was the way to go to progress my career.

Nine months of hard work later I was treating over 45,000 people.

I had a mandate to provide emergency primary health care as part of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) working in one of the newly liberated areas formally occupied by Boko Haram. As scary as this task was, failure was not an option for me. I was the only medical doctor deployed to the town of Banki. I had to establish a functional healthcare...

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