Κολέγιο CITY College
International Faculty,
CITY College.
Main Campus, Thessaloniki, Greece

International Health Management and Leadership - MSc

For enquiries about this course contact: 
Mr George Efstathiadis, efstathiadis@city.academic.gr
scharrtu@sheffield.ac.uk or call (+44) 0114 2225454

The programme is run by ScHARR in collaboration with the Business Administration and Economics Department (BAED) of the University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College.

Degree title: Master of Science in International Health Management and Leadership (Distance Learning)
The title is awarded directly by the University of Sheffield.
Duration: 2 - 4 years
Language of instruction: English
Type of Study: Distance Learning

Why choose this Masters course?

This course is designed by health managers who have international experience of working at the international, national, regional and local level of health systems management. The course is set up with a pragmatic approach to help you develop new health management skills, but also to help you develop your skills if you already work in this field. One of the aims of this course is to help fill the skills gap some health professionals feel when they begin their career. This MSc will help you keep up to date with the last developments in health research, and it will give you access to cutting-edge information about the most cost-effective way to manage health services. This course will teach you to find the best evidence-based practises in health management.
Because this course is taught by distance learning, you will also be able to make service improvements on the job while studying for this course. Our teaching is based on real-world problems which health managers are currently experiencing, and you will be able to bring your own experiences onto the course to resolve these issues while studying.

 

Who is this course for?

The programme is aimed at providing a high-quality postgraduate taught qualification in management and leadership for healthcare providers. In particular, the programme is suitable for:

  • Mid-level public health officers seeking career progression or moving into leadership roles in government, NGO and multilateral organisations such as UNICEF, WHO USAID especially in low and middle income countries.
  • Health practitioners taking up management roles in hospital or health departments.
  • Managers of fast growing health insurance and health maintenance organisations in low and middle income countries.
  • Others from different disciplinary backgrounds switching career into health management and leadership.
  • Clinical commissioning groups.

We believe that this programme can address the gap between international needs for health management skills and the current academic curriculum, which has been shown to be too didactic and focused on theoretical models for managing health systems. Across all health systems, we aim to promote the development of core competencies in health management, including principles for innovation, problem solving, change management, evaluating programme implementation, administering health services and community health programmes, entrepreneurship, principles of partnership and cross-sector working. The programme will emphasise development of flexible and transferable management and leadership skills that can be used to adapt to the changing requirements of a wide range of diverse health systems.

 

Course leader's introduction video

 

Course Structure

The MSc offers a flexible pathway to accumulate credit toward a degree. Some of the strategies used by busy part-time learners are:

  • Take a module as a short course for credit – the credit can be applied to your application for a postgraduate degree. If you are interested in studying individual modules contact scharr-cpd@sheffield.ac.uk
  • Enroll on a Postgraduate Certificate – you can combine core and elective modules to address your particular skills gaps and obtain a PG Cert on completion of 60 credits of core and/or elective units. For details contact scharr-ihml@sheffield.ac.uk
  • Progress to the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or Masters (180 credits)

The course will cover the following core modules: Systematic Approaches to Evidence Assessment, Foundations of Leadership and Teamwork, Leading and Managing Health Care Systems, Introduction to Research Methods, Accounting and Financial Management, Strategic Management, and Managing People in Organisations.

Students can also select from the following elective modules: Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems, Marketing of Healthcare Organizations, and Health Needs Assessment and Planning. Students will also produce a dissertation on a health management and leadership related topic.

 

Course Philosophy

Authentic Learning
This is a key element that drives the content of all modules. It means that we use real-world, real-life, up-to-date case studies, examples and scenarios, so that students can immediately see how their learning is "authentic", that is, applicable to their own working life, now and in the future. The focus is therefore not only to impart or communicate to students fundamental concepts, ideas and critical understandings of all of the processes and stages involved in every element of MSc IMHL but to contextualise this with real health management and leadership examples, so students can see exactly how what they are learning can be applied in their own work.

Social Learning
Learning is social: we learn from each other as much as from purely independent study. The sharing of ideas and the opportunity to debate and discuss has been demonstrated to enhance the learning process, and is a key means of developing, refining and challenging our own evolving ideas. The course uses multiple tools to deliver content and facilitate interaction with and between tutors and students, including discussion and chat tools, webinar software for real-time discussion and collaboration, wikis and screencasts. The online tools used in the programme enable and support such reciprocal learning.

Variety and Flexibility
The majority of the materials are provided in the form of text, but this is heavily supplemented, where appropriate, with videos, screencasts, internet-based materials, and the use of interactive online tools. Materials are provided in blocks or "sessions" of 2-3 weeks duration. We have found that this approach, rather than one requiring work every week, week-by-week, better permits the thorough and comprehensive study of materials, and completion of formative exercises by students working remotely, online, and part-time, and with other calls of their time.

The idea for delivering materials in this flexible manner, employing such diverse methods, is based on large part on published research conducted by core staff, which is described here. We wanted to ensure the development and delivery of the programme was evidence based.

 

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for this programme you may view details of the application process.

The course is taught completely online. This offers flexibility and enables the student to study at his/her own pace and from any location, allowing students to fit their studies around part or full-time employment. We are exploring the option of setting up one study visit to Sheffield, to enable students to have the opportunity to meet each other and the teaching staff. For overseas students, there are no visa requirements for learning online. However, a visitor's visa would be required for a study visit to Sheffield.

We recommend that students on this course spend approximately 150 hours of study for each 15-credit module. This is equivalent to about 10-12 hours of study time per week. As far as possible, students will be required to keep up with the set timetable for the course. This is mainly to enable full value to be obtained from discussions, debates and other formative, participatory exercises.

The course will be delivered via the University of Sheffield's 'My Online Learning Environment (MOLE)'. MOLE enables students to access all of the course materials, to interact and collaborate with fellow students and tutors and to complete and submit formative and summative exercises and assessments.
 

Career prospects for healthcare managers are subject to a wide range of forces in high, middle and low income countries. In high income countries, there are shifts in public-private payer mix, and changes in the configuration of public-private partnerships. Middle income countries with expanding economic systems have fast growing private sector initiatives including development of hospital chains, health insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Furthermore, middle and low income health systems are shaped by large donor investments (UK DFID, USAID, PEPFAR, the Global Fund, GAVI, UNICEF, WHO), embodying challenges in terms of delivering on vertical health programmes while simultaneously delivering on national and international health policies. Internationally, there is growing interest in developing national health insurance schemes subsidized by government.

A Health Management degree from the University of Sheffield represents good 'international currency' as it is widely recognised, and has the potential to enable people to progress in health management careers. In countries in the South, awards from prestigious Northern institutions are perceived as superior, and in some international NGOs are sine qua nons.

We believe that this programme can address the gap between international needs for health management skills and the current academic curriculum, which has been shown to be too didactic and focused on theoretical models for managing health systems. Across all health systems, we aim to promote the development of core competencies in health management, including principles for innovation, problem solving, change management, evaluating programme implementation, administering health services and community health programmes, entrepreneurship, principles of partnership and cross-sector working. The programme will emphasise development of flexible and transferable management and leadership skills that can be used to adapt to the changing requirements of a wide range of diverse health systems.

The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) currently run various online open days aimed at people who are considering applying for postgraduate study at the School of Health and Related Research. The online open days cover both distance learning courses and attending courses.

They are an opportunity for you to learn more about the course and how it will be taught. You will meet members of the course team and be able to ask them questions.

The sessions take the form of a webinar and last 60 minutes.
For more information and to sign up, please visit our Online Open Days.

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