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Module 1: Accounting

Dates: 12 October to 11 November 2016
20 hours

This course contributes to the development of your managerial potential by explaining the techniques of financial and management accounting within the healthcare profession and examining their relevance to the broader issues of management decision-making and control.

During the course you develop the ability to:

  • distinguish between the different users of accounting data and their informational requirements, including information about Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance, and Business Sustainability
  • identify the uses and shortcomings of published financial accounts and command a basic knowledge of the underlying accounting information system 
  • evaluate the costing principles underlying the classification and processing of cost accounting data
  • distinguish between the informational requirements of short-run and long-run financial decision techniques, and appreciate the contribution of management accounting data to the satisfaction of these requirements 
  • specify the organisational context of management accounting, and evaluate strengths and limitations of management accounting data in improving organisational effectiveness 

By the end of this course you'll be able to:

  • read and make sense of companies’ annual reports and other published corporate material
  • evaluate the impact of using different accounting policies (e.g. in depreciation, stock valuation and exceptional items) upon performance measurement 
  • design budget processes and produce simple projected cash budgets
  • address essential issues regarding manufacturing and service firms’ performance
  • devise and apply appropriate techniques to the solution of simple short and long-run financial decision problems by selecting and utilizing relevant information

*Note that an 
online Accounting primer is available before this course (10-15 Hours)

Module 2: Health Informatics

Dates: 12 October to 11 November 2016
20 hours

This course provides you with an understanding of the principles and application of health informatics and highlights the importance of the role of information and information systems in delivering effective healthcare.

During this course you develop an understanding of:

  • the role and importance of information and information systems in providing effective healthcare
  • the application of stable management principles to attain maximum benefit from information, communication and imaging systems
  • the relationship among ethical, social and political issues raised by information systems

By the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • describe and apply a range of information systems planning techniques
  • identify appropriate risk management techniques for managing information systems projects
  • identify the difficulties in conducting information systems evaluation
  • describe and apply a range of evaluation methods to information systems evaluation

"Provided a structural insight into how to successfully plan and implement IT programs for the health sector." - Despina Crassa, current student of the MSc International Health Management programme.


Module 3: Management Challenges of Healthcare Organisations

Dates: 16 January to 17 February 2017
16 hours

Healthcare providers tend to be complex institutions. Firmly held views of doctors, other professionals, politicians and the public need to be translated into organisations that work to meet the needs of those they serve. The course provides you with a theoretical and practical understanding of the challenges in the management of healthcare providers.

This course develops your understanding of key concepts and future trends in:

  • service operations and demand management
  • quality management and reengineering
  • inventory management and contracting
  • negotiation management and decision making
  • communications issues

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • explain the issues of demand management in healthcare
  • describe and evaluate quality initiatives in the delivery of healthcare
  • identify good practice in service delivery and inventory management in a healthcare setting
  • discuss techniques used in managing professionals and the boundary between healthcare providers and other organisations


Module 4: Contemporary Topics in Healthcare

Dates: 20 February to 24 March 2017
20 hours

This course provides you with an introduction to contemporary issues in healthcare systems. The emphasis is on currency: the selection of topics will be adopted to cover ‘live' issues in the healthcare industry and for healthcare policy makers at national and international levels.

During the course you develop an understanding of:

  • performance management in healthcare
  • social wellbeing and healthcare
  • the economics of pharmaceuticals
  • competition and regulation of healthcare markets

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding and make critical assessments of current issues in healthcare systems
  • apply current issues in healthcare systems to the workplace
  • know where to go to get more information on similar issues

Module 5: Health Economics

Dates: 16 January to 17 February 2017
20 hours

The aim of the module is to analyse principles of microeconomics and their application to healthcare, and to examine issues of efficiency and equity and their application to healthcare.

During the course you develop an understanding of:

  • markets and market failures in healthcare
  • uncertainty and the operation of health insurance markets
  • the agency relationship and the possibility of supplier induced demand
  • reasons for caring about the health of other people
  • the nature of the demand for health
  • the nature of the supply of healthcare
  • how to measure and value the benefits of healthcare
  • issues in the rationing of healthcare

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • apply key microeconomic concepts to the healthcare sector
  • understand how markets work in theory and how the assumptions of a perfect market are often violated in healthcare
  • explain how health insurance markets operate
  • understand the nature of the doctor-patient agency relationship
  • define different types of economic ev al uation and identify the situations in which they can be used
  • list the key characteristics of a well-conducted economic evaluation
  • discuss how the results of economic evaluations can be used to inform resource-allocation decisions
  • list the factors besides cost-effectiveness that are important determinants of how to allocate scarce healthcare resources

*Note that an online course in pre-study maths is available before this course

Module 6: Health Systems, Policy & Financing

Dates: 20 February to 24 March 2017
20 hours

The aim of the module is to introduce the students to different health system designs and equip them with analytical frameworks to analyse health systems.

Students will develop an understanding of:

  • Health system goals and objectives
  • The elements of the health systems, namely; financing, stewardship and organisational arrangements, financing, resource allocation, provider payment systems and service provision
  • Key health reform initiatives

By the end of the module students will:

  • Be familiar with goals and objectives of health systems and be introduced to concepts such as equity, efficiency, effectiveness and choice
  • Understand how health systems are organised and financed; how priorities are identified, resources allocated and providers paid
  • Appreciate advantages and disadvantages of different structural arrangements, financing and provider payment methods and delivery systems
  • Be able to identify key challenges faced by health systems
  • Be familiar with international health system development trends