Strathmore Business Schools Institute of Healthcare Management has introduced various healthcare programs owing to the need to tap the dynamic complexity of healthcare in the region with advances in technological innovations, new treatments, new laws & regulations, and new types of healthcare service delivery models. The programs are targeting a vast range of healthcare professionals to fill the existing capacity gaps existing in leadership and management.
With the healthcare industry being one of the fastest growing and constantly evolving industries in the world, it has to face challenges such as resurgence of old diseases such as tuberculosis as well as an increase in chronic diseases caused by a growing young and aging population such as cancer.
According to the National Health Sector Strategy (NHSSP) 2005-2010, weak management systems are cited as one of the key factors contributing to the decline in the health status of Kenyans. Whereas at national and sub-national levels, coordination has been addressed through various mechanisms such as the Kenya Health SWAp, the Joint Inter-Agency Coordination Committee, the Health Sector Coordination Committee and through provincial and district/county level stakeholders forums and scant investment has been made in improving leadership and management skills for health by government. Is there a gap that can be filled by business schools?
In a study done by Maureen Nafula (2010) 77% of the health managers surveyed thought that business schools have a role in strengthening healthcare management. In this study there were 382 mentions of the benefits of business schools which were perceived to be expert in enhancing leadership and management skills, had higher quality standards, were more flexible, were more responsive to the market and offered more relevant and practical training.
The healthcare programs offered by SBS will enable healthcare providers to understand and evaluate new dynamics in health managed organisations, rapid advancement in the medical and information technology, increased competition and growing demands for greater transparency from patients.
In addition to negotiating the day-to-day demands of a busy and complex organisation, healthcare delivery leaders will be able to evaluate and understand the impact of different healthcare delivery models and major service delivery programs in specific disease areas.
SBS Healthcare Programs
The MBA in Healthcare Management program aims to equip managers with relevant skills for leading and managing the various facets and challenges that confront professional hospital and clinic managers, managers of NGO and faith-based health providers, and professionals in the emerging insurance, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.
The program builds on a combination of the established strength of the SBS MBA programs and students who graduate with an MBA in Healthcare Management will have the academic grounding needed to move throughout health-related industries at different junctures of their career, and more importantly, will have life-long skills to respond to the fundamental changes that characterize African health care.
This program is held in conjunction with the Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and through funding from USAID and is designed for the healthcare leaders of our region and is geared towards improving healthcare delivery a key criterion of economic development.
In addition to negotiating the day-to-day demands of a busy and complex organisation, healthcare delivery leaders must also be able to evaluate and understand the impact of different healthcare delivery models and major service delivery programs in specific disease areas.
EHMP was developed to enable healthcare providers to understand and evaluate new dynamics such as health managed organisations, rapid advancement in the medical and information technology, increased competition and growing demands for greater transparency from patients.
The program provides a unique opportunity to healthcare professionals to develop and enhance specific skill sets and leadership qualities that are required to create high performing healthcare organisations.
This program explores the role that both entrepreneurship and innovation play in the competitiveness of life science companies and seeks to discern, clarify and delineate the interface of science and business in the life science industry. In addition, the concept of social entrepreneurship and reverse innovation that is currently shaping the business of life science industry especially in the developing world is introduced.
The program will be run in collaboration with KEMRI – Kenya Medical Research Institute and Wharton Business Schools International Institute for Biotechnology Entrepreneurship.
This dynamic program is designed to develop and enhance the general business, leadership and management skills of owner managers in healthcare-related institutions. It builds on unique healthcare modules that provide deeper insight into the unique elements and issues of the healthcare industry in Africa.
The program emphasizes key dimensions of applied business practice in healthcare, provides a broad knowledge and skill base as well as a range of practical tools and concepts, and imparts practical relevance to the participants through a variety of methods inherent in the content and methods of the program.
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