Executive MBA in Healthcare Management

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of Gibraltar. On successful completion of this course, you will receive an Executive MBA in Healthcare Management.

Overview | MBA Healthcare Management Online

Our Online Executive MBA in Healthcare Management has been designed and developed with experienced healthcare managers in mind!

With a minimum of 3 years’ management experience required to enter our programme, you can be assured that between your programme peers and our expert tutors, you will be placed in a community of practitioners that will afford you the opportunity to grow, learn, and ultimately thrive!

The Executive MBA in Healthcare Management will encourage you to demonstrate deep contemporary knowledge and understanding of Management theory and practice in the context of Global Healthcare management systems and practice. It will encourage you to develop an understanding of current Healthcare management issues, practices and theoretical thinking, along with techniques applicable to research in the subject.

Our programme is 100% online and andragogical in nature, therefore the emphasis is placed on self direction, application of knowledge, your thirst to perform more effectively, and your ability to enable and facilitate debate amongst your peers. This programme collaboration between the University of Gibraltar and Diploma MSc ensures the best in quality of education, and will provide you with a truly career-enhancing experience in Healthcare Management that can be completed entirely in just 18 months.

This programme starts this September 2020 and we are capping the number of people who will be accepted on this programme to 20. Please take action now and apply! If you apply and pay your deposit before May 31st you will receive £500 off your course fees.

Structure | Executive MBA Healthcare Online

The full executive Healthcare MBA will be formed of six 20 credit modules (120 credits in total) and a 60 credit student /organisation specific research/capstone project. This is an 18 month programme.

Module Aims

The module aims to introduce students to the principles and practices of marketing. It engages students in the selection and application of relevant marketing theories, conceptual tools and models to assist them in interpreting and solving marketing problems and presenting novel applications of marketing to improve the organisation's value propositions. Primarily it seeks to develop students’ capabilities to effectively direct and manage an organisation's marketing function.

Module Summary

  • Understanding marketing management
  • Developing marketing strategies and plans
  • Creating customer value, satisfaction, and loyalty
  • Analysing consumer and business markets
  • Identifying market segments and targets
  • Creating brand equity and Crafting the brand positioning
  • Marketing through the life cycle
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Relationships loyalty and co-creation
  • Service dominant logic
  • Management of the original and extended marketing mix

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate an organisation's management of its marketing function and develop informed plans to improve it.
  2. Critically reflect upon the application of rapidly emerging marketing practices by various organisations.

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the nature and functioning of organisations and the behaviour of individuals and groups within them. It seeks to encourage you to use this knowledge to inform and improve your leadership and management skills and practices.

Module Summary

  • The individual at work
  • Motivation, satisfaction and productivity
  • Group behaviour and leadership
  • Power, authority and conflict in organisations
  • Organisational structure and design
  • Organisational culture
  • Organisational change
  • Wellbeing
  • Employee engagement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate relevant theories and empirical evidence relating to organisational behaviour.
  2. Critically appraise and evaluate different strategies to management and leadership.

Module Aims

This module aims to develop your understanding and interpretation of sound financial management to almost all business decisions in order to understand the impact of this function on the principles and practices of executive management decision making.

Module Summary

  • The terminology of accounting and the structure and content of the main financial statements used by business organisations.
  • The role and use of different financial statements.
  • The use of management accounting techniques for business planning and decision making.
  • Sources of business finance and the role of financial information in the financing of a business.
  • Business budgeting and budgetary control.
  • The use of investment appraisal techniques in retail management.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate, present and prepare financial information in a clear accurate way.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the use of financial information for management decision making and control.

Module Aims

The module aims to develop your understanding and application of the principles, practices, models and tools called upon to ensure a holistic, responsible approach to strategic management. It engages students in the selection and application of relevant conceptual tools and models to assist them in interpreting both the business environment and the organisation's resource base to solve problems and presenting novel, sustainable business level strategies.

Module Summary

  • Strategic management philosophies and schools of thought
  • Business Environment Analysis
  • Competitive positioning / rivalry
  • Core Competencies / Resource Based Strategies
  • Generic Business Strategies
  • Strategies for growth / sustainability
  • Stakeholder engagement / positioning
  • Value chain analysis
  • Strategic Change
  • Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    1. Critically evaluate an organisation's management of its approach to strategic function and develop informed plans to improve it.
    2. Diagnose strategic opportunities or problems and critically evaluate strategic choices and viable strategic options to assist them

Module Aims

The module aims to:

  • develop an ability to apply the theory and practice of Clinical Governance and Quality Improvement to complex healthcare settings.
  • develop a critical understanding of quality metrics within healthcare

Module Summary

  • Clinical Governance: ethos and ethics, theory and background
  • The “seven” pillars of Clinical Governance.
  • Applying Clinical Governance in practice: patient safety, clinical effectiveness, quality assurance
  • Clinical Governance and Law.
  • Quality in Healthcare – Why and How? Selecting and using appropriate methodologies (research and audit)
  • Navigating Quality Management in Healthcare.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the role of clinical/ corporate governance in improving healthcare organisations.
  2. Navigate and critically evaluate the complexities of implementing clinical/corporate governance and quality agendas in the practice setting.

Module Aims

This module aims to:

  • develop your ability to effectively manage change and the innovation process within complex healthcare organisational structures.
  • develop an ability to critically evaluate innovation and change within the healthcare environment

Module Summary

  • Organisational Change and the Innovation Process
  • Change Management theories / models
  • Change Management resistance and implementation
  • Innovation management processes and practices
  • Learning Outcomes

    1. Compare and contrast a range of change management theories and models in the context of a healthcare setting.
    2. Critically evaluate and recommend suitable management actions / strategies and systems for the development and introduction of innovation processes, functions and disruptions in healthcare delivery.

Module Aims

    The aim of this module is to consolidate learning acquired through your executive MBA programme into a single Healthcare management Capstone Project where you will complete an independent study on a Healthcare management topic of your choice.

    You will have the opportunity to apply the comprehensive theoretical knowledge, understanding and skills that you obtained throughout the executive MBA to an area of Healthcare management within either your own workplace setting or a company of your choosing.

Module Summary

    While the main theoretical content of this module will be driven by your choice, you will be required to critically analyse key aspects of Healthcare management within a firm, that is failing, facing problems or seeking to develop and grow to develop evidence based recommendations as to how the firm will address its present position.

    In developing recommendations, you are expected to synthesise key business concepts learned through the Executive MBA and demonstrate real-world application in a Healthcare management context.

    Projects will be structured in such a way that your experience will be enriched and in a manner that provides every student the opportunity to realise the learning outcomes of the module. Prior to beginning your project, you will also attend three online workshops which will:
  • Recap the key learning outcomes of the module you have studied
  • Evaluate suitable collection, analysis and interpretation of different types of data and evidence
  • Determine effective / evidence-based decision making in organisations for business case development
  • Develop a suitable executive healthcare management capstone project proposal
  • Produce a capstone project report
  • Learning Outcomes

    Each student will be allocated a tutor who will advise them on initial project proposals and with whom they will meet (online) on a regular basis (a minimum of 4 interventions) to discuss their progress as the project advances.

    There are three components of assessment to assess the learning outcomes this module these test different elements of learning including critical analysis, management skills, professional reflection and independent / community of practice-based study. They are:

    1. Project Proposal (10%)
    2. Capstone project report (80%)
    3. Self-reflection (10%)

Entry Requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international professionals. Typically, applicants for the Healthcare Management MBA will:

  • Possess a degree (i.e. a minimum of a 2.1) awarded by a UK university or overseas equivalent.
  • The Executive MBA is for those who have significant post-graduation and/or relevant work experience on which the learning process should build. The experience required will be at least 3 years in a managerial position
  • In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level and demonstrate the requisite professional knowledge.

English Language Requirements

The ability to communicate your ideas effectively in writing, in discussions and presentations. Basic IT skills (e.g., word-processing, email and Internet) will be expected.

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17

Teaching Methods

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed online distance learning. Alongside development of the underpinning knowledge, students will be given the opportunity to apply and synthesise their knowledge through case study analyses and in their own organisational setting.

You will develop skills such as leadership, adaptability, critical thinking and self-reflection. This usually occurs within groups of 15-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module. These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice. Learning and teaching on the programme encourages a multi-disciplinary approach to management problem-solving.

During the final year (final 6 months) you will undertake a 60-credit capstone project that will provide the further facilitation of executive education by grounding the work in a real-life organisation or managerial issue chosen by you.

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts. Our dedicated Student Support Team is also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.


Executive MBA in Healthcare Management

There are three components of assessment to assess the learning outcomes of each taught module. These test different elements of learning including critical analysis, management skills, professional reflection and independent / community of practice based study.

Scenarios reflective of day-to-day work situations will be presented for students to consider and answer every week. Students critically discuss the concepts within their online group discussion forum facilitated throughout the module by their tutor and marked by them at the end of the module.

Students learn by finding relevant literature, reading and critically appraising it; discussing it within the discussion forum and applying it critically to real world examples and your own practice. The content of the scenario is based on the learning outcomes for the module.

The scenarios, reflective portfolio and the group work is carried on as the module progresses which ensures engagement throughout the module.

The online learning portfolio requires students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme since the business executive/manager will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides feedback weekly and marks it at the end of the module.

At the beginning of each module, students are presented with a module assignment. The module activity may take the form of an individual piece of work such as an essay on a relevant topic or may be a group activity such as the creation of a marketing plan.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2020: £7,500
Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for September 2020:

Application deadline - August 14th 2020

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Instalments Up-Front Payments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£834 £834
1st Nov 2020 £833 £6,666
1st Jan 2021 £833
1st Mar 2021 £833
1st May 2021 £833
1st Jul 2021 £833
1st Sep 2021 £833
1st Nov 2021 £833
1st Jan 2022 £833

Deposits are non-refundable

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