This course has been designed to fulfil the specific needs and requirements of those interested in a management or leadership role within the complex health service sector. The MSc in Healthcare Operational Management is suitable for students from a range of academic backgrounds within engineering, business, and sciences. Whilst no previous healthcare background is required, the course will appeal to clinically qualified students looking to move into health systems modelling, e-health, health or medical informatics.
The skills and knowledge to assess organisational performance and drive the development and implementation of innovation in healthcare organisations in order to facilitate improvement. You will learn to evaluate effective programme components and systems, and gain a detailed understanding of quality systems management and the integration of healthcare technologies, systems, and processes within complex service systems. Healthcare organisations share commonalities with production facilities, including the need for efficient process flow, change management, and quality standards. As a student you will explore the principles, approaches, strategies, and techniques for analysing, designing, and managing complex healthcare systems. You will learn to measure efficiency and improve effectiveness and productivity without compromising quality or safety.
The course is modular - each student takes a combination of core and elective modules. 8 modules are studied and assessed in total. Modules consist of directed tuition in the form of lectures, seminars, group work, presentations, case studies and e-learning. Modules are assessed by Post Module Assignment. A major individual research project also forms part of the MSc. It is submitted in the form of a dissertation This should take approximately 600 hours of study time. An oral examination is held upon completion.
The project will relate to issues of quality and productivity in the healthcare context and supports you in developing your research and analytical skills. Through your project you can focus on an aspect of particular interest to you – some examples are listed below:
As a graduate of Healthcare Operational Management, you can expect to work in a managerial or organisational leadership role within health service organisations or institutions. With additional experience, you would expect to progress into a key executive role in the healthcare sector, which would involve leading and overseeing programmes and policy.