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MSc Healthcare Leadership

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Programme Description

The MSc Healthcare Leadership is designed to prepare participants for leadership roles in the healthcare sector.  As a participant on the course, you will focus on developing your analytical and professional skills, culminating in an applied research project.

The programme has been designed in conjunction with healthcare professionals to ensure it meets the skills needs of healthcare industry, in particular hospital groups.  Upon completion of the MSc in Healthcare Leadership, you can expect to have excellent career prospects with public hospitals, private hospitals, primary and social care, community healthcare groups, state agencies with a health policy remit and healthcare firms. 

Delivered by the Cork University Business School, the MSc Healthcare Leadership is a 24 month programme designed for those wishing to strive for leadership roles in a healthcare environment. 

unique aspects of the programme

This is a dedicated executive education programme designed to meet the leadership development needs of Healthcare professionals in the south and south west of Ireland. 

Skills and Careers Information 

Upon completion of the MSc in Healthcare Leadership, you can expect to have excellent career progression within a healthcare organisation due to dedicated healthcare leadership training.

 

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Learning Outcomes

Programme Learning Outcomes for MSc (Healthcare Leadership) (NFQ Level 9, Major award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organisational settings;
  • Derive and apply healthcare leadership solutions from knowledge of the theory and practice of healthcare leadership;
  • Identify healthcare leadership problems, analyse their impact, and formulate solutions that will withstand critical examination;
  • Design and conduct an applied research project in Healthcare Leadership;
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the ethical and governance standards in healthcare and real-world healthcare leadership skills;
  • Communicate effectively with the healthcare community and with society at large;
  • Foster leadership potential in self and others;
  • Work effectively both as an individual and in teams.

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Leadership (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organisational settings;
  • Derive and apply healthcare leadership solutions from knowledge of the theory and practice of healthcare leadership;
  • Identify healthcare leadership problems, analyse their impact, and formulate solutions that will withstand critical examination;
  • Work effectively both as an individual and in teams;
  • Communicate effectively with the healthcare community;
  • Develop leadership potential in self.

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organisational settings;
  • Identify healthcare leadership problems, analyse their impact, and design solutions that will withstand critical examination;
  • Work effectively both as an individual and in teams;
  • Communicate effectively with the healthcare community;
  • Develop leadership potential in self.
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Practicalities & Assessment

Practicalities

For the MSc Healthcare Leadership degree, the student will complete six course modules and an applied research project.

Lectures take place in a three-day block once per month, on Wednesdays, Thursday and Friday from 09.00 to 17.00.  There will be an induction session and all course material will be provided. In Year one of the programme you will complete 18 days of lectures which run from September to March. In year two you will compete an additional 18 days of lectures from September to March. Finally you complete your Healthcare Leadership Research Project under the supervision of a faculty member from April to June in year two.

Year 1 Lecture dates:

  • September 21st, 22nd, 23rd 2016
  • October 19th, 20th, 21st 2016
  • November 16th,17th,18th 2016
     
  • January 18th, 19th, 20th 2017
  • February 15th, 16th, 17th 2017
  • March 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2017

*Please note the above dates are subject to change. 

Throughout the programme, classroom learning is applied to real-life healthcare leadership challenges via exercises, group work, case studies and projects that centre on both your day-to-day work and the challenges currently facing your organisation. 

Who teaches on this programme 

The MSc Healthcare Leadership is delivered by a combination of Cork University Business school academic staff augmented with leading national and international expert healthcare professionals.

The healthcare professionals include senior executives of the South/ South West Hospital Group and leading healthcare professionals both within Ireland and internationally.

The academics who teach on the course are experts in their field. These lecturers all have PhDs and significant industry experience. Our academic staff are also engaged in research with involvement in research centres in UCC including a dedicated health information system research centre, consult for industry, and publish regularly in international journals that are pertinent to the healthcare industry.

Assessment

To meet the development objectives of the programme the MSc Healthcare Leadership is assessed by a blend of assessments including formal examination and continuous assessment. Five modules are 100% continuous assessment while 1 module contains 50% exam and 50% continuous assessment.

Continuous assessment is in the form of individual assignments, group case study analysis and presentations.  

Students will be divided into different groups for each part of the course.  This allows you an opportunity to get to know, and work with, all of your colleagues.  While we understand some students may have concerns about being assessed in groups, the ability to work with, and lead others, is a skill which is at the heart of the programme.  Finally, presenting is one of most important professional skills and so we also incorporate this into the assessment.

The final element of the MSc Healthcare Leadership is an applied research project. Provision may be made if a student experiences a change of work conditions during the course of their study on a case by case basis.

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Modules

Year 1

  • Team Leadership

    Year 1

    Team Leadership (MG6023)

    The aim of this module is to develop leadership to enhance effective collaboration and nurture a “taking the lead” mindset and provide participants with an understanding of organisational behavior. Upon successful completion of the module participants will have enhanced the strategic leadership skills for senior roles in Healthcare organisations.

  • Financial Management

    Year 1

    Financial Management (BU6001)

    This module includes financial management and investment decision models, including activity based funding and money follows the patient approaches, to enable strategic decision making

  • Healthcare Operation and Data Management

    Year 1

    Healthcare Operation and Data Management (BU6002)

    This module focuses on Healthcare Quality Improvement by utilising an interdisciplinary approach to creating or adapting existing systems that address the realities of human error in health delivery systems. Also provides an understanding of the governance, risk and ethical considerations of healthcare operations, patient pathways and data governance

Year 2

  • Strategic Management in Health Services

    Year 2

    Strategic Management in Health Services (MG6022)

    This module explores the experience of health services leaders in Ireland and overseas against the received wisdoms from business theory and practice. It will assess the relationship between leadership skills and abilities, and the challenges health service organisations face as they deal with internal and external pressures to address increasing levels of service efficiencies and positive outcome for patients.

  • Health Information Systems and e-Health

    Year 2

    Health Information Systems and e-Health (BU6003)

    This module will expose healthcare professionals to the concepts and knowledge involved in making strategic use of information technology (IT) in health care organizations. Issues around the introduction and dispersal of new healthcare technologies across health systems are identified

  • Healthcare Economics

    Year 2

    Healthcare Economics (EC6049)

    In this module partipants will develop an understanding of health economics and how to apply key elements of economic theory to health and health care

  • Healthcare Leadership Research Project

    Year 2

    Healthcare Leadership Research Project (BU6004)

    Participants will conduct multidisciplinary research, under the supervision of an academic expert mentor on a real life leadership issue in their healthcare setting, to make real improvements and deliver results. Each student will initiate, research and provide a solution to a live leadership case. The output from this project will include a detailed report and presentation.

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Entry Requirements

To apply for this programme, you will have:

  • an honours primary degree
  • or equivalent

AND

  • at least 2 years’ significant managerial experience/responsibility in healthcare

PLUS

  • 2 referees’ reports.
  • Applicants may be required to submit personal statement of motivation and/or attend for interviews
  • International applicants should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

 

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Application Process

For further information please contact


Programme Administrator 
Email Address: healthcareleadership@ucc.ie
Telephone: +353 (0)21 420 5717
Address:
University College Cork,
Western Gateway Building 2.02,
Western Road, 
Cork,
Ireland

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