Global health challenges have highlighted the complexity of managing healthcare systems, and the need for strong leadership to build resilience and the ability to innovate to strengthen healthcare provision.
And with health care expenditure accounting for so much of the global economy, the demand for highly trained business leaders who can navigate this rapidly changing space has never been stronger.
Many business schools have joined forces with medical schools to launch joint masters in management courses that specialize in healthcare. They offer students a cross-disciplinary perspective, since they study alongside participants from diverse backgrounds.
Many of the programs are hands-on, giving students real insight into clinical care and practical projects or networking opportunities in the real world.
Many students are passionate about making a difference to patient care and improving health outcomes. They go on to become administrators of health care systems, physician groups, insurance companies, medical device companies and hospitals. In addition, they can work in public service, consulting, the pharmaceutical industry, or in health policy organizations.
The University of Oxford, a prestigious UK academic institution, offers the part-time MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership that is taught by the Said Business School jointly with the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. This course takes a holistic approach, looking at health from an individual, organizational and systemic perspective. Students develop crucial leadership, resilience and innovation skills.View School Profile
Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management offers the Master of Management in Healthcare degree, a full-time, 12-month course. The program is taught not just by academics, but healthcare leaders and policy makers. It’s also a hands-on course that includes experiential elements including a capstone strategy project in which students put everything they’ve learnt into practice in the real world.View School Profile
Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands runs the MSc Medical Business and Innovation. A full-time, 12-month program, it focuses on addressing emerging challenges in the medical sector such as the aging population and the EU’s geopolitical evolution. The course places a special emphasis on healthcare development and innovation, along with leadership skills.View School Profile
London’s Imperial College Business School puts on the one-year MSc International Health Management program, which combines business-focused teaching with cutting-edge medical research. Students gain a deep understanding of global health systems and the leadership skills to succeed in a healthcare management career.View School Profile
The business school of the City, University of London runs the MSc Health Management degree. Students work on executive and operational challenges in health management, and they build skills in business processes, systems and structures. They also develop strategic thinking and problem-solving skills while blending academic theory with practical projects in the healthcare sector. The course can be taken full-time for a year or part-time over two years.View School Profile
Henley Business School, of the University of Reading, puts on the Masters in Information Management & Digital Business. The program prepares students with health informatics knowledge and data analysis skills to succeed in the healthcare sector. It’s a practical course with students gaining hands-on experience in service delivery, clinical research, public health, and management.View School Profile
The Miami Herbert Business School offers a Master of Health Administration program. Students in this course gain skills in the business fundamentals while also understanding the big health challenges and gaining first-hand experience of daily operations in medical settings. This gives them ample networking opportunities through which they develop professional relationships and lifelong connections.View School Profile
The London School of Economics offers the Executive MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management. Students gain an interdisciplinary perspective to elevate their career in the health sector. The two-year, part-time degree integrates health economics training into the policy process, the design and analysis of health services research, and covers health management challenges. Participants study alongside established professionals from diverse backgrounds.View School Profile
The University of Exeter’s business school in the UK runs the MSc Healthcare Leadership and Management course. It can be taken full-time over a year, or part-time over two or three years. Students gain a deep understanding of the challenges in global health systems and learn how to evaluate research-based solutions. They also sharpen their soft skills, including written and verbal communication abilities.View School Profile