Master of Science in Health Systems Management and Leadership

Master of Science in Health Systems Management and Leadership

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Course title Master of Science in Health Systems Management and Leadership
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 5 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Sandra Buttigieg
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
The study and application of health services management and leadership in health have become an essential element to managing health care organisations successfully and professionally. Health care systems and organisations are extremely complex to manage and operate and require highly skilled and trained professionals in the many areas of health management.

Management and leadership are both important for the delivery of effective, high quality, and person-centered health services. The often fast, dramatic and disruptive changes in health care requires effective managers, as well as informed, innovative leaders, so as to help identify and implement ways to promote sustainable health care access and affordability, while ensuring delivery of safe and needed care. Health care managers focus on setting, measuring and achieving goals. They control situations to reach or exceed their objectives. Managers focus on the structures necessary to set and achieve goals. Health systems’ leaders, on the other hand, have the vision of what can be achieved and then communicate this to others, leading to the development of strategies for realizing the vision. Health care leaders build relationships with stakeholders, and motivate people. They are able to negotiate for resources and other support so as to achieve their goals.

The course provides students with the knowledge, skills and competencies expected of today’s modern leaders and managers in health care. Whilst the course does not focus on any one specific or specialised area of management, it nonetheless provides a detailed overview of all the relevant disciplines and subjects pertaining to health services management and leadership. The course harnesses the work experience and range of the students to create diverse and colourful discussions and debates where the emphasis is on group work and interdisciplinary interaction. This provides the students with the required skills and experience to face the realities of the work place as competent and mature managers and leaders in all parts of the health service.

The course is delivered through a wide array of methods, including lectures, tutorials, group work, discussions and debates, seminars and research based activities. Students will be exposed to both the theoretical aspects and models of management as well as their practical implications utilising case studies, review of articles, field work and group interaction. Whilst the theoretical basis is important, the course equips students with the practical and work-based experience and skills required in today’s challenging environment, in line with the postgraduate nature of the course and with the aspirations of the students who are all mature and already working in different areas of the health service.

The course material will be delivered by the members of the Department of Health Services Management, many of whom are senior health service executives with long experience in management and leadership. They will be assisted by visiting and invited experts and guest lecturers, from both Malta and abroad. This course prides itself in collaborating with many of the leading exponents in health service management and leadership abroad.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor’s degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours in an area of study deemed suitable by the Board or

(b) a degree from this or another university which the Board considers as comparable to the degree indicated in paragraph (a).

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of being in possession of the licence to practice in the register of the profession concerned, as kept by the relevant regulatory council.

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of work experience following registration with the relevant regulatory council in the proposed area of study or area of specialisation, if applicable. The minimum number of years of experience required shall be indicated at the time of the call for applications,
provided that for the Health Services Management area of study applicants must have at least three years’ work experience in the Health Service sector.

During the first year of the Course, accepted applicants may be required to undergo an occupational health assessment, as detailed in the Occupational Health Protocol approved by the Board, so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

Further information, including a schedule of interviews for applicants for courses with a limited number of students and for 'adult learners/mature applicants' (in the case of undergraduate courses), as well as important information on the occupational health protocol, to be submitted by the 30 October 2019, can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

The notice regarding submission of documentation is available here.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 7,500
Fee per semester: Eur 1,500

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700
The course covers many disciplines, including statistics and epidemiology, research methods, operations management and logistics, HR management and organisational behaviour, health economics, health information management, quality management, auditing and performance management, health systems, health policy and international health and many other aspects which are deemed relevant for today’s manager and leader. The course will provide students with:
• A sound scientific basis in management and leadership in health,
• A sound theoretical knowledge of the main disciplines covering health services management and leadership,
• A deep and wide understanding of the socio-economic, cultural, political and technical factors that help shape health policy and management decisions,
• Engagement with leading exponents of health care in Malta and abroad,
• Acquiring the relevant skills and competencies to function as competent managers and leaders at all levels of the health care system,
• Exposure to best practices and real case studies as a means to gain experience in management and leadership,and
• A sound grounding in research methodology.

In addition, the course will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to:
Develop tools and strategies to become more effective health system leaders and managers capable to withstand challenges and changes;

-Learn to develop health system strategy and assess the environment and stakeholder needs;
-Learn to lead and manage organizational change in a healthcare setting; and
-Develop skills in critical thinking, relationship-building, ethical judgement, adaptability, planning and data-driven decision making to ensure sustainability and resilience of health systems.
This course is intended for mature graduate students already working in health care or in a similar or complementary sector who wish to acquire management training and skills, with the possible aim of pursuing a career in management.
The Department of Health Services Management has been training and producing managers and leaders in health care for the past 20 years. Many of the senior managers and leaders in the public and private health care sectors have undergone training and instruction through one of the programmes run by the Department. Qualifications in management is a prerequisite for many middle and senior management posts today and, therefore, a Master’s qualification in health services management would provide graduates with access to management positions, not only in health care but also in other related sectors such as education, social care and in academia.

A qualification at Master’s level also provides graduates with the possibility to continue their studies and research at doctoral level. In fact several alumni have proceeded to acquire doctoral degrees after completing their master’s degree. This allows them to take up an academic or research oriented career in Malta or abroad.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 28 June 2019

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