MBA program in Healthcare Management

Choosing an MBA program in Healthcare Management – how to CLARIFY your priorities

Course: Specialist MBA in Healthcare Management

This is a detailed look at one of the first elements of our unique CLARIFY headings, enabling you to focus exclusively on MBA programs that meet all your personal needs!

We outline here aspects of an MBA program with a healthcare management specialism. Look elsewhere on this site to consider in broad terms the relative merits of generalised or specialised provision, full-time or part-time study.

A specialised healthcare management MBA can enhance the management and business skills you need to function effectively within the healthcare industry. We give some examples of current program provision before leaving you to decide on the most appropriate route for your personal career development. 

Case study one

Our first example is at Brunel University Business School in the United Kingdom. The specialist MBA in Healthcare Management is aimed at professionals working within and across public and private health organisations (such as Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, medical centres, clinics, voluntary aid organisations, and pharmaceutics, logistics/supply and professional services).

The course aims to provide both an understanding of the principal business functions such as corporate strategy, finance, marketing, people management and operations management, and an in-depth exploration of healthcare policy and how to manage change within the constantly evolving healthcare sector.

The course is offered in full-time and part-time formats and is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). Candidates are expected to have both a good first degree and a minimum of three years' postgraduate managerial or professional work experience relevant to the healthcare sector. 

Case study two

In the United States, American InterContinental University (AIU) offers an online MBA program designed to prepare graduates for senior managerial positions in hospitals, medical organisations, community health providers, pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, long-term care facilities, managed care organisations, and other organisations which support the healthcare industry.

The online approach does not suit everyone but it can be ideal if you are looking to progress in your career but are unable to commit to a full-time or college-based program.

Case study three

The Executive MBA in Healthcare Management at EBS University, Wiesbaden, Germany, focuses on strengthening the management competencies of specialists and managers in the healthcare sector by addressing the following issues:

  • Legal healthcare and social framework
  • Healthcare market structure
  • Providers and consumers
  • Insurance and welfare systems
  • Strategies and forms of cooperation
  • Market potential and market development
  • Leadership and communication
  • Quality management and organisational development
  • Management control

The aim of this program is to offer a further qualification to executives, in particular from the medical and pharmacy sector, other natural sciences and the legal profession, who in the normal course of professional practice need to draw on both general and specialist management functions.

Looking ahead

There are many other healthcare specialisms available around the world, based on full-time, part-time and distance-learning approaches. Take your time to explore and compare what is on offer, before you decide on the next step.

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