Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Health Care Leadership


"People need to know that they have all the tools within themselves." - Deepak Chopra (Author of The Soul of Leadership. New York: Harmony Books. 2010).

This course will examine the fundamental concepts of being a leader, allowing participants to explore, and assess, some of the key contemporary theories of leadership. During the course you will develop a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of leadership models, and gain a practical approach for applying them to your role. Throughout the course, tutors will instruct you in ongoing personal development, through self-reflection and critical awareness.

Participants will discuss the importance of personality in leadership, including the impact this can have on key themes in your leadership, such as team working, emotional intelligence and derailers to achieving your goals and key Leadership targets.

Participants will learn in small groups alongside tutor-led sessions and experimental learning.

The last date for receipt of complete applications is 5pm Friday 17th February 2023. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.


Course Aims: 

This course will enable participants to develop:

  • A clearer understanding of their own leadership styles, abilities and application in their environment
  • An introduction to key components of leadership and how it can be applied in their own advanced scholarship
  • An introduction to the applicability of emotional intelligence in practical leadership
  • The formation of action learning sets to facilitate longer-term learning and peer support.


Learning Objectives: 

By the end of the module learners will be able to:

  • Understand the major theories, principles and concepts of leadership
  • Evaluate their own leadership styles, abilities and application in healthcare environments
  • Identify the potential role of personality preferences on leadership styles and their influence in healthcare settings
  • Recognise the applicability of emotional intelligence in practical healthcare leadership
  • Develop and form action learning sets to facilitate longer-term learning and peer support
  • Support their longer-term development of transferable skills into their own leadership contexts

Programme details

This module is run over an eight week cycle where the first week is spent working on introductory activities using a Virtual Learning Environment, the second week is spent in Oxford for the face to face teaching week (this takes place on the dates advertised), there are then four Post-Oxford activities (delivered through the VLE) which are designed to help you write your assignment. You then have a week of personal study and you will be required to submit your assignment electronically the following week (usually on a Tuesday at 14:00 UK Local Time).



Description Costs
Short Course in Health Sciences £2675.00


Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.



If you are an employee of the University of Oxford and have a valid University staff card you may be eligible to receive a 10% discount on the full stand-alone fee. To take advantage of this offer please submit a scan/photocopy of your staff card along with your application. Your card should be valid for a further six months after attending the course.


Prof Kamal Mahtani

Course Director

Kamal Mahtani is a GP, Associate Professor and Director of the Evidence-Based Health Care Leadership programme. He is also the Director of MSc in EBHC Systematic Reviews.

Sean Heneghan

Senior Associate Tutor

Sean Heneghan is a Senior Associate Tutor on the Evidence-Based Health Care Leadership programme.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be based on submission of a written assignment which should not exceed 4,000 words.

Academic Credit

Applicants may take this course for academic credit. The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for this course. Participants attending at least 80% of the taught course and successfully completing assessed assignments are eligible to earn credit equivalent to 20 CATS points which may be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.

Applicants can choose not to take the course for academic credit and will therefore not be eligible to undertake the academic assignment offered to students taking the course for credit. Applicants cannot receive CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points or equivalence. Credit cannot be attributed retrospectively. CATS accreditation is required if you wish for the course to count towards a further qualification in the future.

A Certificate of Completion is issued at the end of the course.

Applicants registered to attend ‘not for credit’ who subsequently wish to register for academic credit and complete the assignment are required to submit additional information, which must be received one calendar month in advance of the course start date. Please contact us for more details.

Please contact if you have any questions.


Please follow the link to the online application form (below) and attach a copy of your CV.

Section B of the form will also ask you to include a statement supporting your application. Please explain why you are applying for the course and give an example of how you feel this training will support your leadership development and career progression.

You will be expected to be able to demonstrate English language proficiency at the University’s higher level

Please ensure you read the guidance notes which appear when you click on the symbols as you progress through the application form. Any errors resulting from failure to do so may delay your application.

If you have any questions about the programme, please email:

Selection criteria

Admissions Criteria:
To apply for the course you should:

  • Be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
  • Have professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field
  • Be able to combine intensive classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices of evidence-based health care leadership within the work place
  • Have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration)
  • Show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment to make time available to study, complete course work and attend course and university events and modules.
  • Be able to demonstrate English Language proficiency at the University’s higher level


Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms have been rated as 4-Star Campus accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

IT requirements

Please ensure that you have access to a computer that meets the specifications detailed on our technical support page.