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University of Glasgow: Health Services Management

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Health & Wellbeing
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

Summary

Designed for those interested in pursuing or enhancing their careers in health service management at all levels, from general practice to large hospital organisations in the private healthcare sector, charity organisations, and the pharmaceutical industry; at local, national, and global levels.

Aims to train students to provide safe, high-quality care through effective organisation and management.

Delivered in conjunction with the Adam Smith Business School, which holds triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS and has 40 years of experience delivering management and leadership courses as part of its MBA.

Aims to train students to provide safe, high-quality care through effective organisation and management. Delivered in conjunction with the Adam Smith Business School, which holds triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS and has 40 years of experience delivering management and leadership courses as part of its MBA. Watch our latest Ask Your Academic webinar to find out more about this programme.

  • Explore management, marketing and leadership skills in contemporary health service organisations.
  • Learn how to deal with the pressure of developing services, changing policies and ever changing demands of senior management positions.
  • Understand how to motivate teams, transform services to meet changing demands and promote caring environments.
  • As the health care environment is constantly changing you will be encouraged to demonstrate adaptable, creative, analytical and innovative attributes.
  • Classes are interactive, striking the right balance between tuition and discussion.
  • Throughout the year we will host a series of social, networking and guest speaker events, including senior managers in the NHS, to enhance your learning experience.

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Main Campus Location

This programme is undertaken at the Gilmorehill Campus, in the West End of Glasgow. Easy to travel to by bus, subway, train or car.

The complex nature of health services poses challenges to those charged with managing competing needs and demands with limited resources. This programme aims to train students to provide safe, effective and high-quality care through effective organisation and management.

The programme will cover three main themes:

  • Provision of a thorough knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice by introducing systems for managers and administrators to minimise errors and monitor performance. The programme will provide guidance in strong leadership and effective management to ensure achievement of organisational objectives against a background of increasing public expectations.
  • Provision of a critical appreciation of relevant theoretical, methodological and technical literature from the central business disciplines and to cultivate analytical and interpretive abilities and enable students to integrate these with essential managerial and business skills.
  • Reflection on the knowledge acquired during the taught elements of the programme and take independent responsibility for the application of explicit management responsibilities and practices to a relevant problem for the completion of the dissertation.

Core and optional courses

The programme comprises the following courses:

Compulsory courses - all completed in semester 1

  • CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
  • INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH SERVICES
  • MANAGING STRATEGIC CHANGE
  • MARKETING MANAGEMENT
  • RESEARCH APPROACHES IN HEALTH CARE

Optional courses: on campus

  • PLANETARY HEALTH*
  • ETHICAL ISSUES IN PUBLIC HEALTH*
  • GLOBAL HEALTH CHALLENGES*
  • HEALTH AND CULTURE*
  • LEADERSHIP IN CONTEMPORARY HEALTH CARE**
  • MANGING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION*
  • MANAGING HEALTH CARE ORGANISATIONS*
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT*
  • QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS*
  • SUBSTANCE USE, HEALTH, AND SOCIETY*
  • UNDERSTANDING HEALTH POLICY*

Optional courses: online

  • HEALTH ECONOMICS FOR HTA ONLINE (online)*
  • LEADING IMPROVEMENT IN CARE PROVISION (online)**
  • TRANSFORMING CARE SERVICES (online)*

* Choose any 3 optional courses from either on campus, online or a combination of both.** Cannot be taken together

MSC HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT PROJECT (60 credits)

Subject to satisfactory results from taught courses, students progress on to a 10,000-12,000 research project. This may include:

  • Empirical research utilising quantitative or qualitative methods
  • Secondary analysis of routine data or datasets collected as part of a larger study or utilising routine health service data
  • A comprehensive and original literature review on a relevant subject
  • A health policy report of an issue using evidence from the literature and/or from original sources to draw conclusions and make policy recommendations.

The research project is an independent piece of work which students take under the supervision of a member of the academic staff and/or an external supervisor (including senior managers in the NHS).

Transferable skills

This programme provides a range of training in transferable skills, including:

  • Develop skills in independent learning, time management, team work and leadership.
  • Develop reflective practitioner skills.
  • Synthesise information and data from multiple sources and develop skills in literature review. To include books, journals, social media (including Twitter, blogs, podcasts), general media, governmental and charity publications as well as patient experience.
  • Improve confidence in presenting original work to peers including essays, oral presentations, and posters.
  • Reflect and learn from peer and course tutor feedback.
  • Critically review literature and develop analytical skills.
  • Develop organisational skills.
  • Develop skills in problem solving.

Suitable for those working in a range of settings including public, private and not for profit health service environments.

You may already be a health professional and wish to develop your leadership skills to further your organisations values or be looking to develop linkages across the health and social care sector.

Alternatively, you may be new to management and health service organisations but wish to engage in a role where your values and compassion can facilitate social change. Examples of job types include:

  • Health service management at all levels and globally
  • General practice
  • Large hospital organisations
  • Private healthcare sector
  • Charity organisations
  • Pharmaceutical industry at a local, national, and global level

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University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

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The University:

  • is ranked 81st in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2023
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2023
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 months after graduation …
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