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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Health Services Management








Second Cycle

Level 7

5 Semesters

Part-time Day


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. This includes operations and financial management, managing your HR and other resources, understanding how organisations function in an ever changing environment and leading an effective and quality health service. The acquisition of knowledge pertaining to the burden of disease, the socio-economic determinants of health and the epidemiology of illnesses serves as a basis for providing an adequate and quality health care service. The measures taken for monitoring and carrying out audits and other quality assurance mechanisms is also important to ensure a quality service.

The course covers all the above mentioned aspects, providing 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.
LEARNING OUTCOMES 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,
• Practical placements in a management position to acquire the right skills and experience on the workplace, and
• A sound grounding in research methodology.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY 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.
COURSE INTENDED FOR 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 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.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted to the course is 10 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class,
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study, and
(c) performance during an interview, if deemed necessary.

Interviews, if necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose.

For the purpose of selection, applicants who fully satisfy the entry requirements by 31st August preceding the commencement of the course shall be considered first.

Prior to registering for the Course, eligible applicants may be required to undergo a medical fitness test as directed by the Board, so as to ascertain that they are fit to undertake work related to clinical placements.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2016.

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



Last Updated: 1 September 2016
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