This course has been designed to fulfil the specific needs of graduates interested in a management or leadership role within the complex health service sector. It is suitable for graduates from a broad range of academic disciplines across technical, scientific, medical, management and social sciences.
Healthcare organisations share many commonalities with production facilities, including the need for efficient process flow, change management, and quality standards.
You will explore the principles, approaches, strategies and techniques to understand, model, analyse and manage complex healthcare systems. You will also learn to measure efficiency and improve effectiveness and productivity without compromising quality or safety. Ultimately, you will gain the essential knowledge to manage the integration of people, systems and technologies to ensure the delivery of consistent high quality, person-centric care.
Modules are generally taught in intensive one-week blocks, from Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 6.30pm. These one-week sessions (eight in total over the academic year) are scheduled at intervals from October through to June. Weekend sessions are also occasionally required.
Core modules are compulsory and relate specifically to this course.
- Leading Change in Healthcare
- Quality and Productivity in Health Service Systems
- Operational Management and Clinical Systems Improvement
- Introduction to Health Informatics
- Electronic Healthcare Records
- Epidemiology and Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement
- Introduction to Health Economics
- Resource Management in Health Service Delivery
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
This course has two components – a taught component and a research component (dissertation).
For the taught component, we blend lectures with seminars, practical exercises, case studies, and simulations, to encourage teamwork and practical grounding of the course material. Technology enabled learning, e-learning and forum activities also support classroom learning.
Class sizes are kept small with around 20-25 students in each, to encourage interaction.
Our module leaders have extensive professional as well as academic experience and guest speakers from the healthcare sector also contribute regularly, bringing real-world insight into your learning experience.
For the research component, each student undertakes a major individual project, which will develop your research and analytical skills and enable you to specialise. This project accounts for 33% of your overall credits and is submitted in the form of a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words, followed by an oral examination or viva at the end of the year.
Towards the beginning of the course, you will be provided with a list of projects relevant to Healthcare Operational Management – you will be able to refine your own project to relate to your individual career path or aspiration, in consultation with an appropriate academic supervisor.
There are no written exams. After each module you will be assessed by written post-module assignments (PMA). These typically require 100 hours of work and consolidate your learning. Some modules will also include an in-module individual or group assessment or test.
8 x Post Module Assignments based on the learning objectives of each module (67% of Masters credit).
15,000 dissertation (33% of Masters credit).
Healthcare is a dynamic sector with ever increasing demands worldwide. There is a constant need for experts with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to manage and drive innovation, implement change, and improve quality and efficiency in healthcare services.
As a graduate of HOM, you will have a broad range of career opportunities open to you within managerial or organisational leadership roles in the UK and across the world. With additional experience, you would expect to progress into a key executive role in the healthcare sector, which would involve leading and overseeing programmes, service transformation and policy.
Full-time: 1 year
2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent)
English Language requirements
Department of study
Location of study
University of Warwick
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