MBA - Health Management

Unicaf University, Malawi
MBA - Health Management
Next enrollment cycle March 2024 See all cycles
First Year Fee KES 752,750
Course Accredited By BAC
2 Years Online Postgraduate Degree Up to 75% scholarship

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus on Health Management is introduced targeting individuals in both the private and public health sectors and aims at equipping senior health managers and health administrators with leaderships skills and competences that will enable them to manage their private sector businesses, or public national, regional, district and local health systems and institutions successfully

The Government of Malawi has adopted a strategy for development and growth spanning 2017-2022. This is the Malawi Growth & Development Strategy III (MGDS III). This blueprint recognizes that failure of the country to move to a developmental state has slowed down national socio-economic development, making Malawi a consuming and importing state with very little being invested into industry, technology and private sector activities to promote manufacturing and export growth.

According to MGDS III, the plan for spurring growth recognizes provision of education and skills as key to providing the human capital required for socio-economic development and industrial growth. Unicaf University Malawi aims to play a part in the national effort to increase accessibility to tertiary education in general. Its online model, combined with its scholarship scheme makes high quality tertiary education accessible to a much large number of students than could be absorbed in a traditional face-to-face setting. Unicaf, therefore meets the goal of availing tertiary education to as many Malawians as possible. More particularly, the MBA in Health Management programme will contribute towards the realization of the national vision for socio-economic development as outlined by the rationale below.

Rationale for the Programme

Health is one of the most important industries in society. Hospitals, pharmaceutical groups, medical and biotechnology companies, insurers, research centers, government and non-profit organizations, start-ups and many more stakeholders are looking for well-qualified leaders who understand the complexity and the big picture of the health sector and its market.

One of the four pillars for the implementation of the national blueprint for economic growth and poverty alleviation, the Malawi Growth & Development Strategy (MGDS) III, is “human capital development” (Government of Malawi, 2017). It is in response to the call by government for increased private sector involvement in the field of education and training that Unicaf University, in general, develops its programmes.

In particular, this online MBA programme with specialization in Health Management was developed with a view to providing the skilled manpower needed to support the expected demand for expanded and improved health management that will be required to meet the needs of a growing population and a growing economy. Business managers, and also associated entrepreneurs, are critical in both public and private health sector organizations such as in healthcare, pharmaceuticals or medical supplies.

Aim of the Programme

This programme aims to equip students with integrative thinking, combining intuition, analytic reasoning and imagination, and link it with core competencies and transformational leadership capabilities to become a successful leader in health management. This programme aims to be relevant to professionals both outside the health industry, for example executive managers, and inside the health industry, for example doctors and nurses, who wish to apply their learning and experience to health management through the acquisition of practical health management skills.

Enrollment Cycles

  • March 2024
  • April 2024
  • May 2024
  • June 2024
  • July 2024
  • August 2024
  • September 2024
  • October 2024
  • November 2024
  • December 2024
  • January 2025
  • February 2025

Entry Requirements

The general admission requirements for entry to Unicaf University Master’s degree programmes are as outlined below. Variances may be observed based on the local education regulatory requirements relating to the country in which each campus of Unicaf University operates. Students are advised to contact the Office of Admissions to find out more about the range of international academic qualifications accepted.

  • Admission to a Master’s degree programme requires an accredited Bachelor degree or international equivalent. Related professional qualifications at the appropriate level will also be considered for entry
  • Students with an accredited Master’s degree will also be considered for entry
  • Recognized proof of English proficiency if the Bachelor degree was not taught in the English language
  • A Personal Statement or Statement of Purpose (minimum 500 words)
  • Current CV
  • One official letter of recommendation (either academic or professional)
  • Copy of valid passport or national ID
  • In addition to a strong academic record, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills and other relevant background information are taken into account.

Foundation Courses

  • Induction Module
  • Introduction to Master Degree

Core requirements (required modules)

  • Theories of Management and Leadership
  • Strategic Development
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Health Psychology and Public Health
  • Management Health Services and Human Resources in Health Organizations
  • Health Systems and Evaluation of Health Systems, Services and Public Health Programmes
  • Research Practices
  • Dissertation

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