Typical compulsory course units include: Personal and Organisational Development; Contemporary issues in health policy: Management and Governance in Healthcare Organisations; and Research Methods. Optional course-units typically include: International Healthcare systems; Collaborative working; and Change and leadership. In addition to the course units, students are offered a range of opportunities to support their personal and organisational development, including a personal tutor system and study skills workshops introducing Kolb's learning cycle and learning styles. In addition, the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and other psychometric tests are offered.
MSc Healthcare Management – Course structure
The course comprises a set of core course units followed by a selection from a range of optional course units which allows you to select options which reflect your personal development and career priorities in the three main areas – international healthcare systems, collaborative working between health and public sector organisations, and leadership and change. The course units and optional pathways include:
Personal and Organisational Development
This course is delivered through one day workshops and action learning sets. You will be offered personal development planning, psychometric testing and coaching (optional).
Contemporary Issues in Health Policy
This course introduces you to major contemporary issues and debates in health policy. You are introduced to the literature on the policy-making process, policy implementation and policy analysis and are encouraged to develop and apply analytical skills through the assessment process. The theory is brought to life with a range of national and international case studies in policy formulation, implementation and evaluation.
Management and Governance in Healthcare Organisations
This course unit introduces you to the main issues involved in managing the provision of health services. There is particular emphasis on governance, quality issues and service re-design and improvement. The course provides insights into management theory and practice which enable you to understand your working environment and develop your thinking to guide future decisions and actions.
This course provides an overview of the principles, practice, methods and systems of health services research and introduces the concepts and methods of critical appraisal and evidence-based decision-making.
You may select any options of your choice or follow one of three structured pathways that make up this programme. The three pathways are:
International Healthcare Systems
This pathway explores different approaches to analysing healthcare systems around the world, considering the logic, the methods and the purpose of comparing healthcare systems. It also explores globalisation and development policy and health. It is designed particularly to meet the needs of overseas students with an interest in learning from different healthcare systems and applying their learning to their host organisations as well as supporting UK-based students to learn from international comparisons of healthcare systems.
The pathway concentrates upon collaborative working in the public sector and particularly in the relationships between healthcare organisations and other public sector organisations. It includes course units on collaborative working and public health and draws on policy, practice and research from the literature and through the application of UK and international case studies.
Change and leadership
This pathway focuses upon change management and leadership within healthcare organisations and has two distinct but interrelated themes – change and leadership through people focusing on human resources and human resource management challenges in healthcare organisations, and change and leadership through organisations which focuses upon organisational behaviour, emphasising the “human side” of organisations, to increase the effectiveness of individuals, teams and organisations.