The rationale for this programme (MSc. Health Services Management) is that traditional health care education programmes do not train clinicians as managers conversant with business practice; conversely, non-clinical managers often do not understand the complexities of health care operations. In order to create real change in the health care industry, managers of health facilities must be facilitated to grasp how all the components of health care provision fit together. Managing an organization as an entire system, means understanding the economic, social, political, and cultural aspects of the health organization. To this end, our programme will provide a unique insight into the complex world of health management in all its aspects.
The programme is designed;
- To prepare health professionals, as well as others whose work impacts on the health sector,
- To meet the challenges of directing health care organizations towards the successful accomplishment of their mission to bring about equitable and better health care to the people.
- Equip health managers with the necessary conceptual, technical, and human skills of a manager and leader who understand the need to introduce best practices into health care management.
Our programme also focuses on the acquisition of the social skills necessary for those in management positions in today’s global economy. This interdisciplinary programme places as much emphasis on practical skills as it does on purely technical knowledge.
At the end of the course the graduates should be able to:
- Effectively manage health related programs an d projects
- Effectively be able to plan and allocate resources
- Lead the human resources for health professionally
- Carry out and market health services efficiently and effectively
- Carry out health systems researches
- Monitor and evaluate health programs and outcomes
- Meaningfully contribute towards policy formation and implementation
Some of the course units covered include; Health Care Principles & Systems; Epidemiology; Bio-statistics ; Health Economics; Human Resources for Health; Operations & Marketing Management in Health Care; Health Policy & Planning; Ethics & Integrity for Health Professionals; Advanced Strategic Management in Health Care and Financial & Material Resources Management among others.
To be admitted for a postgraduate course, one must hold a relevant Bachelors degree in health science, medicine and surgery, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture, Food and Nutrition, and any other related health and natural sciences.
Prospective Postgraduate students with a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities including; B-com, Social work and Social Administration, Development Studies, Mass Communication, Law, Information Communication & Technology, Business Administration among others also qualify for admission. However, for such students need at least 2-years experience in implementing health care projects both in the Public and Private sector including Non-Governmental Organisations & Civil Society.
Prospective Master's students will be admitted only if they pass the Examination for Graduate Admission (EGA) of International Health Sciences University. All postgraduate students must follow the prescribed courses as stipulated in the curriculum.
After consultation with his/her dean, permission must be sought from the Faculty by any student intending to take a course outside the faculty curriculum. Permission will be granted if it is judged that the extra course will not affect adversely the student's performance in the prescribed courses and examinations.