Master in Strategic Management of Health Organizations

Program Presentation

Health systems have gradually evolved, becoming increasingly complex structures that require people who are capable of efficiently managing the organizations that comprise them.

The Master in Strategic Management of Health Organizations seeks to provide a holistic preparation with the tools and concepts that enable professionals to make appropriate decisions in the management, administration, evaluation and planning processes needed to comply with institutional goals. This is all done through theoretical knowledge, the analysis of case studies and exercises which provide the participant advancement in the understanding of management of such organizations.

The Master in Strategic Management of Health Organizations also seeks to provide a new approach according to market changes and the consumer behavior, in order to improve the quality of services in health facilities.

Who is the programme for?

The Master in Strategic Management of Health Organizations is aimed towards professionals of the field who want to develop their skills in administration and the management of any Healthcare establishment, be it public or private acquiring and strengthening the knowledge necessary to deliver a quality service.

Diploma

Diplomas will be awarded by the University where enrolled, with the approval of the Ibero-American University Foundation (FUNIBER).

Program Structure

The Master is distributed among 5 compulsory blocks of content.

The estimated length of the Master in Strategic Management of Health Organizations is 900 hours (90 credits)1. With regard to the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • Being an online program and not being subject to traditional class attendance, there is no established initial date so that students may enroll at any time subject to available spaces.
  • For academic reasons, a minimum duration of six months is required.
  • The maximum amount of time to finish this program is 24 months. In this time, the student must have successfully completed all the assignments and the Final Project.

The credit structure of the Master in Strategic Management of Health Organization is shown in the following table:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
1st Part: Management of Human Resources in the Healthcare Environment (Mandatory) 10 3 100
2nd Part: Healthcare Management and Projects (Mandatory) 34 9 340
3rd Part: Healthcare Systems and Scientific Tools (Mandatory) 14 3 140
4th Part: Management Abilities for Healthcare Management (Mandatory) 19 5 190
5th Part: Final Project (Mandatory) 13 4 130
TOTAL 90 24 900

a.The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the university that grants the degree
b. Length in months

Objectives

General objective:

  • The main aim of the programmes is that of producing highly-qualified professionals in the field of Strategic Management of Health Organizations, thereby endowing them with the executive thought processes that will allow them to undertake successfully their current and/or aspired-to managerial positions.

Specific objectives:

  • Acquire the tools required for Human Resource Management in the healthcare sector.
  • Become familiar with the range of Healthcare Systems.
  • Develop project design skills.
  • Understand the fundamental concepts of finances and economics within the healthcare sector.
  • Broaden students’ knowledge of the fundamental epidemiological and biostatistical concepts.
  • Become familiar with, understand and apply a battery of managerial skills conductive to efficient management within the healthcare sector.

Career Opportunities

The Master's in Strategic Management of Health Organizations program enables the student to assume positions in the Management of Hospitals, Primary Care Centers, public or private Socio-medical Centers and NGO. They may also assume positions in teaching or research.

Study Plan

The Master's In Strategic Management of Health Organizations program possesses a curricular structure based on 5 parts:

  • 1ST PART: HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN THE FIELD OF HEALTHCARE (100 HOURS)

The first part includes learning about complex human relations, encompassing all the necessary elements for an adequate management of people in the field of Healthcare, as well as the advantages of Competence-based management and the importance of change in organizations. The goal is to understand people in the work environment.

The corresponding subjects and hours of the first part of the program are shown in the following table:

# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Strategic Management of Human Resources (4 ECTS) 40
2 Performance Evaluation and Competence Management (3 ECTS) 30
3 Organizational Structure and Change (3 ECTS) 30
TOTAL 100
  • 2nd PART: HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT AND PROJECTS (340 HOURS)

The second part gives a general view of the business, functions, processes and components, as well as comprehending the corporate and business language. It also includes knowledge of the strategic process, the main marketing tools for customer service, the importance of quality and safety for consumers and the essentials of Project management. The goal is to understand the organizations and manage their language.

The subjects and hours that compose the second part are shown in the following table.

# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Business Administration and Management (4 ECTS) 40
2 Health Economy (5 ECTS) 50
3 Control and Management of Costs (3 ECTS) 30
4 Financial Management (4 ECTS) 40
5 Healthcare Planning (4 ECTS) 40
6 Management of Health Services (3 ECTS) 30
7 Marketing in Health (3 ECTS) 30
8 Care Quality and Patient Safety (4 ECTS) 40
9 Project Planning and Management (4 ECTS) 40
TOTAL 340
  • 3rd PART: HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND SCIENTIFIC TOOLS (140 HOURS)

The third part gives a clear view of the reality of Healthcare systems, showing the epidemiological tools and statistics necessary for a correct development and interpretation of scientific studies, widely used in the field of health. The goal is to learn how to manage the field of Healthcare and the main tools that measure its changes.

The subjects and hours that compose the third part of the program are shown in the following table:

# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Healthcare Systems (4 ECTS) 40
2 Clinical Epidemiology (5 ECTS) 50
3 Biostatistics (5 ECTS) 50
TOTAL 140
  • 4th PART: MANAGEMENT ABILITIES FOR HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (190 HOURS)

The fourth part covers all relevant topics on management, psychology of the individual, group and team sociology and personal development. The goal is for the student to understand all the individual, personal, group and organizational aspects of human behavior and their development in the workplace.

The subjects and hours that compose the fourth part are shown in the following table:

# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Time Management and Conducting Meetings (3 ECTS) 30
2 Stress and Burnout (3 ECTS) 30
3 Conflict resolution/transformation in the field of healthcare (3 ECTS) 30
4 Organizational Management and Leadership Techniques (4 ECTS) 40
5 Team Management Techniques (3 ECTS) 30
6 Interpersonal Communication Techniques (3 ECTS) 30
TOTAL 190
  • 5th PART: FINAL PROJECT

The subject of Research Methods makes up the fifth part, which is the guide for the fulfillment of the Final Project or Master´s Thesis. Its objective is to present a complete work that shows the whole development of a Project, contemplating the possibility of its concrete implementation according to to the guidelines and details of the presented proposal.

The subjects and hours that compose the fifth part are shown in the following table:

# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Research Methods (3 ECTS) 30
2 Final Master Project (10 ECTS) 100
TOTAL 130

FINAL PROJECT OR MASTER'S THESIS

The objective of the Final Project or Master´s Thesis, which accounts for 10 credits, is to present a complete work that shows the whole development of a Project, contemplating the possibility of its detailed implementation according to the guidelines and details of the proposal presented.

Management

Academic Administration

  • Dr. Maurizio Battino
    Director of the Area of Health and Nutrition from the Ibero-American University Foundation. Researcher in Biochemistry and a teacher at the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione.
  • Dra. Silvia Aparicio.
    Doctora en Ciencias Económicas por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y Licenciada en Administración y Dirección de Empresas por la Universidad de Cantabria. Directora Académica Internacional del Área de Desarrollo Directivo, Organización Empresarial y Recursos Humanos de la Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana, FUNIBER.

General Academic Coordination

  • Dr. (c) Irma Domínguez Azpíroz
    International Coordinator in the Area of Health.
  • Dr. (c) Carmen Lilí Rodríguez Velasco
    International Coordinator in the Area of Business Organization, Administrative Development and HR.

Program Coordination

  • Dr. (c) Vivian Lipari Zegarra
    Doctoral candidate. Master in Public Health from the University of Chile and Mg (c) of Health Services Management from the University of Federico Villarreal Peru.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctor Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and has an MBA from the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona, UPC. Consultant of business, technology and business solutions. Professor at the Ibero-American International University.
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Doctor in Project Engineering, from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. Master in Project Management and Design, by the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Professor at the Ibero-American International University.
  • Dr. Francisco J. Hidalgo Trujillo. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality, and Communication from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Advisor and consultant to organizations. Process analyst and strategic business development.
  • Dr. Manuel Maeda Takeuchi. Professor of Engineering and Business Administration, University of Piura, Peru. Managerial Experience in administration, corporation projects, operations management and administration and finance.
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González. Doctorate in CC. Business from the University of León. Professor at the Department of Applied Economics at the University of León.
  • Dr. (c) Saúl Domingo Soriano. Doctoral candidate at the University of León. Master in General Direction of companies by the Catalan Institute of Technology of Barcelona. Master in e-business Consulting and Information Technology from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Director of Final Projects in the Master and Specializations, FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c) Vivian Lipari Zegarra. Doctoral candidate. Master in Public Health from the University of Chile and Mg (c) of Health Services Management from the University of Federico Villarreal Peru.
  • Dr. (c) Carmen Lilí Rodríguez Velasco. Doctor in Education, by the Ibero-American International University (in process). Master's degree in occupational psychology and Organizational by the University of Havana, Cuba. Academic Coordinator of the International Management Development Area, Business Organization and Human Resources, FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c) Diana Patricia Cortés Díaz . Doctor in Projects, by the Ibero-American International University (in process of completion). Master's Degree in Human Resources and Knowledge Management at the University of León, Spain. Consulting firm specializing in Labor Law and Social Security. Program Coordinator and Professor at FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c) Ana Godoy Magdaleno. Doctorate in Psychology from the University of the Basque Country (in process of completion). Diploma in Advanced Studies from the University of the Basque Country. Expertise in Mediation: fields of action and techniques applied to the resolution of conflicts, from the Complutense University of Madrid. Academic Coordinator of the Master Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation and their specializations.
  • Ms. María Eugenia Luna Borgaro. Master's Degree in Human Resources and Knowledge Management at the University of León, Spain. Expert in Human Resources Management and Leadership Skills. Professor at FUNIBER.
  • Mg. Lucía Odette Castillo. Master in Administration and Human Resources Management (USACH). Head Nurse of the Clinical Hospital at the University of Chile

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.

To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.

Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.