Fundamentals of Management

  • European Master in Health Economics and Management
Course unit code
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 1
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • Dowdeswell Barrie
  • FH-Prof. Dr. Walch Siegfried
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • • Students should understand the the underlying principles of healthcare delivery, including the factors that have shaped the service as we know it today. There should be awareness of the nature and effect of service and financial pressures and how these influence and impact on the role and responsibilities of healthcare professionals.
    • Students should gain insight into the core business of healthcare, the nature of medicine and how it is governed within the workplace. This should include familiarity with the language, structure and nature of models of care and new concepts that are changing the way care is delivered. Students should be aware of the dynamics of the professionals' working environment including organisational systems, management and professional cultures and the principle of 'responsible autonomy' of professionals.
    • Students should be able to formulate your own view on the desirable design of specific health care organizations and inter-relationships based upon current institutional relationships and an assessment of environmental factors.
    • Students should be able to reflect upon management styles and demonstrate management skills by complying to the course requirements.
    • Students should articulate their perspective of health care management using transformational and transactional theories of management (including skill, trait, style and situational approaches to management).
    • Students should be able to examine and debate emerging health care issues with your peers.
    • Students should be able to reflect upon management styles and demonstrate management skills by complying to the course requirements.
Mode of delivery
  • blended learning
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • none
Course contents
  • - Setting the context - the founding principles of healthcare systems and historical perspectives on their development. The major influence factors in healthcare today; the so called mega trends and how they shape the role of the professional. Where we are today, a review of progress and the new concepts in professional leadership
    - The nature and structure of clinical practice. Understanding the core business of healthcare - 'medicine'; including the principles and practices that guide and govern healthcare professsionals in their delivery of care. Organisational systems and professional cultures: how different organisational and management models influence professional practice and values and cultures. Innovation in practice, case study examples
    - Working with professionals - a practical guide including; patient safety, quality assurance and clinical audit An examination of the relationships between managers and professionals in managing healthcare delivery
    - Looking towards the future - how the role of professionals is likely to change and the influence factors that will bring this about. New models of care, the need for adaptability and new competencies and new thinking about workforce structures and workforce planning. This session will also draw on case study examples and will be participative in nature - as will preceding sessions
    - Integrated care, primary care, hospital care
    - Managing health care and managing change
    - Functional Management
    - Managing networks

    Please be aware that this course requires high level of proficiency in English language. All local students have passed an English language test with at least 90 TOEFL points (internet based) or comparable tests.
Recommended or required reading
  • Walshe,K and Judith Smith (2016) Healthcare Management, Management Mac Graw Hill. Open University Press, 3rd edition
    Chapter 9 Primary Health Care
    Chapter 10 Chronic disease and integrated care
    Chapter 11 Acute care: elective and emergency, secondary and tertiary
    Chapter 17 The health workforce
    Chapter 19 Governance & accountability in healthcare
    Chapter 21 Measuring and managing healthcare performance

    Walshe,K and Judith Smith (2011) Healthcare Management, Management Mac Graw Hill. Open University Press , 2nd edition
    Chapter 23 Managing people
    Chapter 26 Managing strategic collaboration

    Note: Further and new reading material can be found on the learning platform SAKAI.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • The course follows a blended learning concept and combines onsite seminars at MCI with webinars and self study activities (weekly assignments).
Assessment methods and criteria
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
Language of instruction
  • English