Health care systems worldwide are in flux. Disrupted by a pandemic, foreshadowing the rise of more infectious diseases and a climate crisis impacting the safety and wellbeing of humanity as a whole, they are in need of more leaders who can steer the industry to the right path. They require visionaries who can provide leadership and direction to hospitals, government agencies, refugee camps, community health centres and more.
In Sub-Sahara Africa, they are the individuals who teach billionaires like Bill Gates how to administer life-saving drugs in environments that need it. They are the educated professionals teaching health workers to use Bluetooth and other wireless technologies to store the health data of villagers in rural India. In Uganda, they help dairy farmers develop a prepaid healthcare delivery programme using cooperative infrastructure.
Apart from the emotional rewards that come with making a difference in people’s lives, job opportunities are ready and waiting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare occupations account for 13 of the 30 fastest growing occupations from 2019 to 2029. Employment of public health services managers is expected to grow by 18% over the next several years. Demand for healthcare services by aging baby boomers, along with patients with chronic conditions, will drive the projected employment growth.
In light of COVID-19, the need for qualified, dedicated and inspired healthcare managers have never been greater. If you are looking to gain the expertise to become a leader in global healthcare, here are three universities that offer MBA programmes to help you meet your goals:
University of Minnesota
The newest addition to the lineup of MBAs offered at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management is the Global Medical Industry MBA (Global MIMBA). Set to launch in Fall 2021, the programme will be exclusively online, facilitated with high-quality teaching tools and support, making it accessible and flexible to students from all over the world.
The curriculum for this new MBA will be the same as its existing Medical Industry MBA, a collaboration with Tongji University School of Economics and Management which used to take place in Shanghai, China before successfully shifting online this year.
The Global Medical Industry MBA develops professionals who will be equipped for leadership positions in functional areas of the medical industry. From finance to marketing and information technology, Carlson students will gain the know-how to solve these emerging healthcare challenges through experiential learning opportunities. With a world at war with COVID-19, these highly relevant medical MBAs are set to inspire and empower individuals to create a better tomorrow.
The University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management has been a leader in business education since its establishment in 1919. With a long history of academic excellence, Carlson’s business programmes attract applicants from all over the world, all of whom come to the Land of 10,000 Lakes for a comprehensive and immersive learning experience.
One of the many ways students gain hands-on experience is through the Medical Industry Leadership Institute’s Valuation Laboratory. In this incubator, industry innovators collaborate with Carlson graduate students and expert faculty in a top-to-bottom analysis of their medical technology and its prospects in the market. Twin Cities, Minnesota is also a hub of medical device innovators and healthcare industries, offering an array of firms and organisations for students to apply their knowledge and seek valuable feedback from industry insiders. Students in the Global MIMBA programme will have the opportunity to travel to one of several sites around the world to complete this degree requirement with their peers.
University of Warwick
Warwick Business School is a part of the University of Warwick, one the UK’s top universities, located in one of the best places to live in the Midlands. The Executive MBA with Healthcare Specialism was designed to appeal to both clinical and healthcare management professionals across the sector looking to develop both their general leadership capabilities and sector-specific understanding.
The programme consists of three elective healthcare modules, allowing students to tailor their MBA in line with personal career goals and industry demands: Digital Innovation in the Healthcare Industry, Healthcare Improvement and Strategic Leadership for the Healthcare Industry. Each combines theoretical classes with case studies so students develop a better understanding of course materials. Apart from these electives, students will study eight required modules and undertake a consultancy project with a healthcare focus, under the supervision of one of the university’s many experienced faculty members.
La Trobe University
At La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, courses are co-designed with industries, teaching technical skills that are sure to develop career-ready professionals.
The Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration is a two and a half-year double-degree programme that is jointly delivered by the School of Psychological Sciences and Public Health and the La Trobe Business School.
The programme was designed for professionals in the healthcare industry who are seeking to expand their career pathways into senior management positions, and managers who are not currently working in the healthcare industry but are looking for a pathway into the sector.
Students are required to complete seven subjects from the Master of Health Administration programme and nine subjects from the Master of Business Administration programme. The core and elective subjects are plenty, ensuring essential areas are covered while providing avenues for students to pursue their own personal and professional interests.
Among the core subjects offered include Health Systems, Health Law And Ethics, Applied Marketing, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Managing People and Culture, Innovation Strategies for Change and Responsible Leadership. As for chosen electives and specialisations, La Trobe students can choose from Health Strategy, Digital Health and Data Integrity, Public Health, Ageing Strategy and Policy, and more.
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