LEADERSHIP EDUCATION: A Content Analysis of Postgraduate Leadership Education Programs for Health and Human Service Leaders in Australian Universities.

A systematic investigation of postgraduate leadership programs for health and/or human services offered by Australian higher education institutions was undertaken. Quantitative analysis identified the core characteristics of the programs. A thematic analysis of the course learning outcomes was conducted and six major themes of disciplinary leadership and management knowledge; research and analytical skills; professional practice; communication and collaboration; creativity and innovation; and system knowledge are shared in this study. The authors conclude that Australian universities have taken an evidence-based approach to leadership education, but more work might need to be undertaken to ensure leadership theories are incorporated into learning outcomes.

Keywords: Leadership Education, Leadership Development, Post-graduate Programs, Health and Human Services