MSc in International Health Management and Leadership

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CITY College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield
Octomber 2020
12 - 24 months
Distance Learning


 Eligible candidates should hold:
- A Bachelor’s degree
- English IELTS 6.5 or equivalent


The programme is run by the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) of The University of Sheffield in collaboration with the Business Administration and Economics Department (BAED) of the University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College.

This course is designed by health managers who have international experience of working at the international, national, regional and local level of health systems management. The course is set up with a pragmatic approach to help you develop new health management skills, but also to help you develop your skills if you already work in this field. One of the aims of this course is to help fill the skills gap some health professionals feel when they begin their career. This MSc will help you keep up to date with the last developments in health research, and it will give you access to cutting-edge information about the most cost-effective way to manage health services. This course will teach you to find the best evidence-based practises in health management.

Because this course is taught by distance learning, you will also be able to make service improvements on the job while studying for this course. Our teaching is based on real-world problems which health managers are currently experiencing, and you will be able to bring your own experiences onto the course to resolve these issues while studying.

Year 1

  • Systematic Approaches to Evidence Assessment
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Leading and Managing Health Services
  • Marketing of Health Care Organisations
  • Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems

Year 2

  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Health Needs Assessment, Planning and Evaluation
  • Strategic Management
  • Foundations of Leadership and Teamwork
  • Dissertation (for full masters only)


 Career prospects for healthcare managers are subject to a wide range of forces in high, middle and low income countries. In high income countries, there are shifts in public-private payer mix, and changes in the configuration of public-private partnerships. Middle income countries with expanding economic systems have fast growing private sector initiatives including development of hospital chains, health insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Furthermore, middle and low income health systems are shaped by large donor investments (UK DFID, USAID, PEPFAR, the Global Fund, GAVI, UNICEF, WHO), embodying challenges in terms of delivering on vertical health programmes while simultaneously delivering on national and international health policies. Internationally, there is growing interest in developing national health insurance schemes subsidized by government.

A Health Management degree from the University of Sheffield represents good 'international currency' as it is widely recognised, and has the potential to enable people to progress in health management careers. In countries in the South, awards from prestigious Northern institutions are perceived as superior, and in some international NGOs are sine qua nons.

We believe that this programme can address the gap between international needs for health management skills and the current academic curriculum, which has been shown to be too didactic and focused on theoretical models for managing health systems. Across all health systems, we aim to promote the development of core competencies in health management, including principles for innovation, problem solving, change management, evaluating programme implementation, administering health services and community health programmes, entrepreneurship, principles of partnership and cross-sector working. The programme will emphasise development of flexible and transferable management and leadership skills that can be used to adapt to the changing requirements of a wide range of diverse health systems.

For information regarding student fees please contact the Institute.
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