Executive MBA in Healthcare Management

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Experts in the field of healthcare management are vital in order to keep on top of the constantly shifting legal and regulatory framework as well as stay informed of the ever changing landscape of medical advancements and new treatments and research available. The industry is continually advancing and so management and senior leaders must foster an environment of continuous learning, improvement and most importantly guidance, to ensure processes, resources and people are all supported appropriately.

With an Executive MBA Healthcare Management qualification from Learna | Diploma MSc, you'll be well-prepared to step into leadership or management roles in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, consulting firms, and government agencies. It also provides a perfect grounding for any healthcare professionals looking to start or grow their own business.

MBA Healthcare Management

Next intake: September 2024Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
100% Online
Total Fees
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This fast paced, 18 month programme is designed for aspiring leaders, executives, and mid-level managers who recognise the need for change, development, and advancement in healthcare and the need for independent, conscientious, and intuitive leaders. So, why not become one by mastering the complexities of the healthcare industry without interference to your day-to-day commitments, as this course is designed to fit around your schedule?

On a successful completion of this Executive MBA Healthcare Course, you’ll be able to demonstrate:

  • Modern understanding and knowledge of management theory and practise in the context of global healthcare management systems and practise.
  • Perspectives on theory and application.
  • The ability to apply healthcare management knowledge and skills.

Next intake: September 2024 Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
100% Online
18 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
Total Fees

Why Study a Healthcare Management EMBA with Learna

We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.


100% Flexible

Our courses are 100% online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.

Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.


Expert Led

All of our programmes are authored and developed by world leading experts in their field.

Our faculty are selected due to their subject expertise, experience and teaching abilities to ensure the highest standards of educational excellence.


Career Boosting

Get a University Validated postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.

40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.

Who is this course for?

Our online Executive MBA in Healthcare Management course is for management-level students who want to advance their leadership, industry and management skills.

We like students who challenge the status quo, who wake up ambitious and love working with other professionals.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted through our interactive online learning platform, log in daily whenever and wherever you want. No fixed timetable empowers you to study when it suits you

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.


The full online Executive MBA in Healthcare Management 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. Each module has been carefully crafted by taking into consideration the need to blend traditional business management subjects with rapidly emerging trends in healthcare.

Module Aims
The aim of this module is to develop the understanding of organisational behaviour, when applied to a variety of healthcare settings, with a focus on structural and cultural environments.

Module Summary
This first module sets the foundations of Organisational Behaviour within the context of healthcare. Its focus on organisational theories and concepts is to build a greater critical understanding of prominent aspects of organisational theory and structure, the social organisation and multidisciplinary teams, and the importance of culture and motivating others.

Indicative content:

  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • What is an ‘Organisation’?
  • The Social Healthcare Organisation
  • Organisational Cultures in Healthcare
  • Motivational Theory
  • Human Resources

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of organisational behaviours and issues in healthcare organisations informed by relevant research and novel practice in the field.
  2. Build an understanding of criticality and reflexivity in applying academic theories and concepts into practice.
  3. Demonstrate originality, insight and critical/reflective practice to solve problems and create innovative propositions related to organisational behaviours.
  4. Use systematic and creative approaches to address complex issues related to organisational behaviours, including undertaking critical thinking and reflective practice to provide confident judgement and apply appropriate courses of action.
  5. Develop skills to contribute to evidence-based decision making in order to influence organisational outcomes.

Module Aims
The overall aim of this module is to consider the different paradigms and approaches to leadership. Critically exploring the historical ‘heroic’ theories, building to the importance of collaborative and systems leadership, and applying these differing leadership perspectives of person, position and process into healthcare practice, will allow exploration and improved knowledge in leading healthcare challenges.

Module Summary
The module will delve deeper into what leadership means, exploring leadership theories to support greater critical thinking in considering what leadership means in supporting a more sustainable healthcare organisation.

Indicative content:

  • Leadership versus Management
  • Leadercentric’ Theories
  • Followership: the other side of leadership
  • Person, Position, Process, Product: collaborative leadership theories
  • Power and Leadership
  • Leadership challenges in Healthcare (Adaptive Leadership)

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Develop a critical understanding of what leadership theories mean in practice and applied in context, with a focus on the impending complex challenges facing healthcare systems.
  2. Building on the traditional leadership theories of the ‘person,’ critically evaluate the more advanced theoretical frameworks considering leadership as a ‘process’, recognition and insights will be shared as to why leading collaboratively has the potential to critically develop more systematic responses in suggesting new ideas to unpredictable healthcare leadership challenges.
  3. Building on personal experiences in leadership, apply learning to develop advanced interpersonal, team and networking skills to strategically enhance collaboration across organisational boundaries to address complex situations and contribute to the field of healthcare leadership with greater confidence.

Module Aims
The module aims to develop a systematic understanding and critical application of strategic management to ensure a responsible yet innovative and sustainable approach within the complex context of healthcare.

Module Summary
The module builds on the foundations of strategic management thinking to further develop understanding of strategy which supports innovation in healthcare. This is undertaken by exploring, critically and reflectively, contemporary approaches to enable appropriate and informed strategic decisions with a focus on sustainable development.

Indicative content:

  • What is Strategy? Exploration of various definitions
  • Models and frameworks: which are relevant in healthcare?
  • Stakeholders and power mapping
  • Contemporary issues in strategic thinking
  • Strategic focus on sustainability and the future of healthcare
  • Healthcare in 2050: a discussion

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply a systematic understanding of strategic management, to develop a high level of critical thinking to understand the value of strategy and innovation for the future of healthcare.
  2. Select advanced principles and theoretical frameworks in strategic management to critically develop systematic responses to explore and develop sustainable innovation for the future of healthcare.
  3. Practically explore and apply strategic thinking and innovate for the future, working with stakeholders to address the complex needs and increased demands on healthcare organisations.

Module Aims
This module aims to develop students' understanding and interpretation of financial management in healthcare, to make more informed decisions to influence and assist the impact of this function on the principles and practices of healthcare management decision making.

Module Summary
To introduce and support a more comprehensive understanding of financial management in healthcare, along with being able to better interpret and apply financial statements, budgeting, costing and investment appraisal in financial and business decision making.

Indicative content:

  • Introduction to financial terminology for the service sector
  • Management accounting in decision making
  • Sources of healthcare finance
  • Budgeting and budgetary control
  • The role and use of different financial statements
  • Financial challenges in healthcare – discussion

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognition and understanding of financial management at a local level to be more effective and efficient in providing high quality care to patients and other service users.
  • Systematically analyse incomplete and/or contradictory evidence, to be better informed at influencing financial planning and contribute realistic recommendations to improve financial sustainability.
  • Develop skills and knowledge to systematically organise and communicate advanced financial management to effectively and confidently use financial data to better inform healthcare stakeholders in unpredictable and complex contexts.

Module Aims
The aim of this module considers the traditional philosophies and processes of marketing, then critically applies what it means in healthcare organisations - public and private. Analysing and developing a comprehensive understanding as to how marketing in the service sector of healthcare is potentially more about communication and setting expectations, the importance of ethics will also be explored in recognition of the expanse of stakeholders, departments and specialisms.

Module Summary
This module is designed to challenge the traditional concept of marketing to critically analyse what it means to communicate with stakeholders across healthcare organisations, exploring what is meant by a communication strategy and what is involved in better engaging the public.

Indicative content:

  • What is marketing? Philosophy or Process?
  • Marketing in the healthcare context: Ethics and Expectations
  • ‘Consumers’ and evaluating the market
  • Developing communication and marketing strategies in healthcare
  • Social-media in marketing – audience and ethics
  • Organising, implementing and controlling marketing in healthcare

Learning Outcomes

  1. Consider the importance of developing and delivering a comprehensive marketing strategy, analysing the impact and ethics on the diverse mix of stakeholders.
  2. Build on experience and skills to critically explore how marketing frameworks can be adapted to influence internal and external communications in healthcare organisations.
  3. Through research and discussing practical experiences, hone skills to think how marketing and communication can be better targeted to influence the required audience via the appropriate media, using the appropriate language to communicate during unpredictable healthcare management situations.

Module Aims
This module aims to explore how to effectively manage and lead change within complex healthcare organisations. Taking into account some of the traditional change management theories, these will then be critically applied in addressing the inhibitors to change, along with gaining insights into some of the important drivers for change. These include why is the ‘change’ necessary’, change in line with quality improvement (especially in line with patient/user safety) and the importance of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity.

Module Summary
This module will cover the more popular models and theories of change management, while systematically being encouraged to critically evaluate their practice and process of applying them in healthcare organisations, whilst addressing the challenges of effective long term change.

Indicative content:

  • Change Management theories
  • What are the inhibitors to change?
  • Drivers for change: Why change?
  • Drivers for change: Clinical Governance
  • Drivers for change: Patient safety and quality improvement
  • Drivers for change: Diversity and Inclusivity

Learning Outcomes

  1. Appraise the impact of a variety of organisational change theories, recognising why change can be so complex in the context of prevailing social, economic and health care systems.
  2. Critically apply theories and practical examples to evaluate methods of leading effective and relevant change to benefit the future of healthcare.
  3. By considering why change is necessary and what inhibits change, critically discuss effective techniques in line with how to influence and drive complex and innovative change in healthcare.

Module aims
The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to work independently to produce an extended evidence-based healthcare management study. Students are supported and asked to apply their previous knowledge and skills gained on the Executive MBA programme to evaluate and solve a specific business problem or opportunity related to healthcare management.

Consolidating students' learning acquired through their Executive MBA programme into a single healthcare management Professional Project, students will carry out an independent study on a healthcare management topic of their choice. They will have the opportunity to apply the comprehensive theoretical knowledge, understanding and skills that they obtained throughout the Executive MBA to an area of healthcare management within either their own workplace setting or a company of their choosing.

Module Summary
While the main theoretical content of this module will be driven by student choice, they will be required to critically analyse key aspects of healthcare management within an organisation that is failing, facing problems or seeking to develop and grow to develop evidence based recommendations as to how the organisation might address its present position. In developing recommendations, students are expected to synthesise key business concepts learned through the Executive MBA and demonstrate their real-world application in a healthcare management context.

Projects will be structured in such a way that the experience of students will be enriched and in a manner that provides every student the opportunity to realise the learning outcomes of the module.

Prior to beginning their project, students will:

  • Recap the key learning outcomes of the module they 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

This will equip students with the necessary academic skills to support them individually in:

  • Developing a suitable executive healthcare management Professional Project Proposal
  • Producing a Professional Project Report

Assessment Methods

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 reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during 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. This activity tests a student's ability to work independently or work within a team: to select, sift and analyse information, interact with colleagues and apportion group member’s roles and derive a solution to the module task.

The diverse assessment methods within each module are designed to test the expected characteristics of Masters graduates. These include critical awareness of current issues and developments in leadership, critical skills, knowledge of professional responsibility, integrity and ethics and the ability to reflect on their own progress as a learner.

Entry requirements

Our digital doors are open to both local and international students from diverse educational and social backgrounds. We offer no international surcharge and believe having a multi-disciplinary and multi-national cohort is best for student development. Typically, applicants for the online Executive MBA in Healthcare Management will:

Minimum of a 2.1 degree
Awarded by a UK university or an overseas equivalent

Have 2 years' management experience
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 2 years in a managerial position.

Ability to communicate their ideas effectively
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.

Basic I.T skills
e.g. word-processing, email and internet will also be expected.

English language
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 and a minimum of 6.0 for each band
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B or above
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2024:
Application deadline - TBC

Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
1st November 2024£1480
1st January 2025£1480
1st March 2025£1480
1st May 2025£1480
1st July 2025£1480

† Deposits are non-refundable
†† Prices are subject to review following each intake

Option 3: Lower your monthly payments by spreading the cost for between 2 and 8 years with a loan from our lending partner Lendwise*.

*Subject to eligibility criteria.


Learna | Diploma MSc has a partnership with Lendwise which is a leading private student loan provider, to help UK students fund their course fees should they require financing. Lendwise is a UK-based education finance platform through which candidates can fund their postgraduate and professional qualification studies at leading educational institutions.

A Lendwise loan comes with a fixed interest rate for the duration of the loan (between 2 and 8 years) and no early repayment penalties. The interest rate offered will depend on the overall applicant profile and the application process is entirely online.*

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