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Global MBA Specialist Pathway: Health

The Global MBA offers a transformational learning experience that will develop your skills and knowledge into world-class business acumen. With the option to gain a specialist degree through the Health pathway, students can progress their careers to senior levels of management in healthcare.

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Gain an understanding of the practice and the challenges of management and leadership within a healthcare context.

The programme looks beyond the boundaries of the lecture theatre. We offer you the flexibility to study online, fitting your studies around your working life so that you can maintain your career and build on it as you progress.

With academic direction provided by UCL Medical School, the Global MBA Health specialist pathway promotes a range of professional attributes that are highly sought after in senior management roles in the health sector.

The programme will:

  • provide a rich opportunity to gain an understanding of the practice and the challenges of management/leadership within a healthcare context.
  • bring policy and practice to life.
  • facilitate career progression.
  • broaden your decision-making skills in a healthcare context.
  • strengthen your skills and enhance your confidence and performance.
  • lead to a high-value academic credential with the reputation and credibility to enhance your career and contribution to society.
  • provide valuable training in research techniques
  • further develop your independent learning skills required for continuing professional development.

About the programme

To achieve the general Global MBA, you will need to complete six core modules and any four optional modules, plus the Strategic Project.

Core modules

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics for Managers
  • Marketing for Managers
  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Successful Leadership

To gain a specialist MBA in Health, you will need to complete six core modules and at least three of the optional modules from those listed below, plus the Strategic Project.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (Health), you will need to complete four core modules and at least three of the four optional health modules listed below.

Please note: It is strongly advised that students taking Health option modules have prior experience of working in the health or healthcare sector.

Optional health modules

Healthcare systems

Through this module you'll gain an understanding of the goals, objectives and functions of a health system. Comparing and contrasting different healthcare systems to develop a broad understanding of how healthcare systems operate, deliver services and finance those services.

Resource management in healthcare

This module focuses on understanding financial management in healthcare organisations including managing money and risk to provide efficient healthcare to patients. It also introduces students to the theoretical and practical considerations associated with recruiting, retaining, and looking after staff in healthcare organisations.

Risk, governance and patient safety

This module provides an understanding of risk and governance in healthcare settings, including balancing priorities such as finance, safety, and patient care. Participants will understand how to assess, develop, implement, and monitor risk management plans to deliver efficient and sustainable service standards.

Innovation and quality improvement

This module identifies how quality improvement can be built into healthcare delivery, to improve health outcomes, service performance and organisational learning. Participants will gain the skills required to implement data-driven improvement in healthcare settings.

Strategic Project

The Strategic Project is the defining component of the MBA programme. It gives you the opportunity to develop your independent business research skills and apply them in an organisational context.

View all Global MBA modules.

Academic direction for the Health specialist pathway is provided by UCL Medical School.

UCL has educated doctors since 1834 and the medical school sits in the heart of London. Working closely with several major teaching hospitals it provides a truly world class medical education.

Many UCL Medical School alumni have gone on to become high-profile figures and leaders of the medical profession across the globe. In the UK, for example, the former President of the Royal College of Physicians, the current President of the Royal College of Surgeons and the Chair of the General Medical Council are all our alumni.

The Medical School is currently ranked 9th in the world in the QS World University Rankings (2019).

Accredited by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. 

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Assessment may include coursework, projects and written exams. Your final grade for each module is based on a weighting of these assessments (e.g. 30 per cent coursework, 70 per cent exam).

All coursework and projects are submitted online through the Virtual Learning Environment. You can sit exams at any of our exam centres worldwide. For more details, see:

More about exams.