Healthcare Management

This four-year, part-time programme combines study of subjects critical to contemporary public management in all sectors with subjects particular to healthcare management. In addition to learning about the economic, legal and HR issues that affect public administration broadly, students obtain specialised knowledge about health administration, health planning and healthcare in other countries. This highly regarded qualification includes two interim awards – at Certificate and Diploma level. 

Bachelor of Arts (HONS) – Healthcare Management

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

  • Evening lectures at the IPA.
  • Distance education (plus complimentary regional tutorials where numbers permit) supported by weekend seminars at the IPA.

All delivery methods involve attendance at some weekend seminars at the IPA.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade C in two higher level papers and grade D in four other subjects. The papers passed must include Irish, English and a third language. 

OR

Mature students (students over 21 on January 1 of the calendar year of entry) may enter a programme without the above qualifications. 

Duration

Four years of part–time study

Interim Awards

  •  Year One: Certificate in Public Management.
  • Year Two: Diploma in Public Management.

Accreditation

UCD

Place on NFQ

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Commences

September 2017

Application Deadline

September 2017

Fees

The cost of the programme is €2,980 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in one or two instalments. 

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The Programme

This four-year, part-time programme combines study of subjects critical to contemporary public management in all sectors with subjects particular to healthcare management. In addition to learning about the economic, legal and HR issues that affect public administration broadly, students obtain specialised knowledge about health administration, health planning and healthcare in other countries. This highly regarded qualification includes two interim awards – at Certificate and Diploma level. 

Is This Programme for you?

This degree will be of real value to those working in health administration at a national or regional level in health or hospital services. As they will take a mix of common and stream subjects, potential students will be interested in placing healthcare management in a broad economic, legal and organisational context. 

Subjects

Year One: Certificate In Public Management

The first year is both a stand-alone qualification – Certificate in Public Management – and part of the four year degree programme.

Economics

This introductory-level course explains the main theories and principles of economics. No prior knowledge of economics is presumed. The course covers both micro and macroeconomics and addresses such topics as the laws of supply and demand, how market prices are reached and monopolies and competition.

Law

Public servants must understand the fundamentals of the legal system. This course focuses on the fundamentals, explaining the Irish legal system and the main provisions of the Irish Constitution. Students explore, among other topics, the structure of the court system, practice and procedure in the courts and the rights that the Constitution affords citizens.

Politics, Government and Public Administration

This course is divided into two parts. The first is largely concerned with the institutions of government and the Irish political system. The Irish institutions and systems are compared to those in other countries. The second part of the course focuses on Ireland’s system of public and social administration, explaining how the civil service is organised and the management of social welfare services, healthcare, education and housing.

Principles of Management

This course provides a solid grounding in the key principles of modern management theory. It explains the origins of contemporary management science and details the most important elements of management, including leadership, HRM and change management. 

Year Two: Diploma In Public Management

The second year is both a stand-alone qualification – Diploma in Public Management – and the second stage of the four-year degree programme.

Health Administration

This course offers an overview of how Irish health services are structured and delivered and analyses key current issues in healthcare administration in Ireland. It analyses the roles of key stakeholders, important developments in acute care, primary care, and services for key care groups as well as issues relating to professional regulation and the contribution of voluntary organisations.

Economics

This course builds on the fundamentals of economics explored in the Certificate year by exploring both micro and macroeconomics in greater depth. Students will learn about the economic rules and theories that relate to the operation of markets, the distribution of wealth, the allocation of resources, labour supply and inflation.

Organisation and Management

An organisation’s structure is a determining factor in its operation. This course explores current thinking on organisational structure and the role of management in the creation and maintenance of the most appropriate structure. Among the specific topics addressed are the different schools of organisation theory, the design of effective organisations and the significance of the internal culture and the external environment to an organisation’s work.

Social Policy

This course explores the history, organisation and management of Ireland’s social infrastructure. It considers such matters as expenditure trends in social services, EU social policy and the factors that influence domestic social policy. 

Year Three

Epidemiology and Health Planning

This course is in two parts. The first, Epidemiology, deals with the incidence, distribution, and control of diseases. It examines trends in public health, how health is measured, and the interpretation of health data. The second part, Health Planning, focuses on planning in the health sector, including the planning process, the application of planning principles and the contribution of key strategy documents.

Economics

This year’s course focuses on public sector economics, a field that is plainly critical to public servants at various grades. The topics addressed include economic growth, forecasting and planning, the finances of central and local government and the principles of taxation.

Financial Management

This course provides students with a clear understanding of standard accounting techniques and the proper management of an organisation’s finances. Designed for those who do not possess a background in accounting, it addresses, among other things, double-entry book-keeping and the measurement of profits.

Administrative Law

Administrative law is a public law subject that deals with the lawful exercise of power by government and state agencies. It explains how public bodies can affect the lives of citizens. Students will examine the laws regarding the civil service, the separation of powers, judicial review and legal compliance. 

Year Four

Health Economics

This course considers the economics of healthcare provision. It explores such topics as the nature of the healthcare market, how health insurance affects the cost of healthcare and public and private provision of healthcare.

Comparative Healthcare

This course examines international trends in healthcare policy, explores healthcare policies and priorities in other OECD countries and policy trends in the EU, compares Irish and international policies and examines the possible relevance of reforms elsewhere for the Irish system.

Strategic Management

Strategic management is the study of how organisations meet their objectives and effectively respond to change. This course focuses on strategic management in the Irish public sector, but it covers concepts common to both public and private sector organisations.

Public Policy-Making

This course is concerned policy-making and the response of the modern state to the challenges it faces in a globalised world. It explores issues around the management of the political economy of the modern state and public policymaking in the Irish state. Students will learn about, among other things, how states have responded to the emergence of a global economy, attempts to regulate the market and multilevel governance in Ireland. 

Assessment

Students complete assignments and take examinations.

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