Leadership in Global Health: Health Systems Strengthening - GH713

Key features

This module aims to explore a range of concepts relating to Global Health systems strengthening. With reference to relevant literature and log frames you will identify key features and activity to develop and support systems strengthening initiatives at local and global levels. You will critically reflect on leadership theory and consider the characteristics and approaches that may support effective engineering and facilitation of systems strengthening.
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Module code




FHEQ Level 

Level 7 - masters degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery at Plymouth 

Module details

Learning outcomes
  • Critique a range of leadership theories in context of Global Health consultancy. 
  • Critically appraise components required for  health system strengthening globally.
  • Analyse and evaluate how informed application of leadership theory can improve delivery of service to the intended population within a complex environment.
  • Propose an initiative to practically address a contemporary issue in global health linked to your own professional/academic practice. 
Summary of Module Content 
  • Theories of Leadership in Global Health context.
  • Principles of Global Health Partnerships including critically reflective practice and effective communication.
  • Approaches to Health Systems Strengthening and critique of these with reference to examples.
  • International health consultancy: brokering; defining projects, boundaries, roles and responsibilities; identifying partners and building relationships of trust. 
  • Leading influence and implementing change including: health system finance, governance, practice, agitation, leadership and collaboration. 

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.

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Module dates

25 April, 2, 9, 15 and 23  May 2023. 
Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change - always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.
Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers.
In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date.
Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

Entry requirements

You will normally be a healthcare professional with a first degree or a related academic degree. BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above, or European first cycle equivalent. Clinicians without a degree but with appropriate experience may be eligible to apply. Overseas students require IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent required.


The fees for this module are £1,100.

Module lead

The lead for this module is Dr Judy Ravenscroft. 
Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries

+44 1752 586951

Current student enquiries

Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.

8.30–17.00 (Friday 16.30)