Healthcare Management

This programme has been designed as a development of and a follow-up to the Certificate in Health Services. Students must have successfully completed the Certificate programme before gaining entry onto this Diploma. The Diploma is designed to amplify and build on the foundation coverage of health services and policy provided in the Certificate programme. The course is intended to constitute an important step in the career development path of healthcare staff who are working in the context of the current reform process in the Irish health services.

Diploma in Health Services Policy

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

For the academic year 2021-2022, the programme is delivered through a blended learning model. Students will attend scheduled webinars, access a range of online resources, and study course material. For multi-year programmes, any seminar arrangements will be made in line with public health restrictions. Further details will be provided on registration.

Via the IPA’s online learning portal, students will access comprehensive course material and regular live webinars where lecturers will engage with student questions and enable discussion. Students will be able to virtually meet their fellow classmates on forums and exchange experiences and views.

Accessing and using the online content will be a straightforward affair; students will not anything beyond standard ICT skills. The IPA will provide comprehensive guidance and support.

Entry Requirements

Students should possess the IPA's Certificate in Health Services.

Duration

One academic year

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

Level 6 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

September 2021

Application Deadline

September 2021

Fees

€1,600 (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in two instalments. 

Note: Fees may increase slightly from year to year. Where this occurs, students will be charged the increased fee.

Progression

Participants who successfully complete the Diploma programme may advance to Year 2 of the BA (Hons) (Healthcare Management) on completion of a bridging course. 

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The Programme

This programme has been designed as a development of and a follow-up to the Certificate in Health Services. Students must have successfully completed the Certificate programme before gaining entry onto this Diploma. The Diploma is designed to amplify and build on the foundation coverage of health services and policy provided in the Certificate programme. The course is intended to constitute an important step in the career development path of healthcare staff who are working in the context of the current reform process in the Irish health services.

Is This Programme for you?

This Diploma is ideally suited to: 

  • Staff of all disciplines who have successfully completed the Institute’s Certificate in Health Services. 
  • Those who wish to develop their understanding of health care policy and of the links between policy and practice. 
  • Those who wish to pursue further an academic pathway in the study of healthcare management.
Subjects

The Diploma is delivered through three core blocks that deepen students' understanding of Irish health policy.

Introduction to Health Policy 

Students are introduced to frameworks for exploring and analysing health policy. Key health policy priorities within the Irish health system are explored.

Governance, Funding and Quality in the Irish Health System

This block examines broad system issues such as the increading focus on governance and accountability, trends in funding and spending, and drivers and policies relating to quality.

Case Studies

Students use case studies on current key topics to explore challenges with developing, implementing and evaluting health policy.

Assessment

Assessment consists assignments and a final examination. 

Prospectus

Programme Delivery and Application Form

For the academic year 2021-2022, programmes will generally be delivered through a blended learning model. Students will access a range of online resources, study textbooks, and attend interactive webinars in all modules.  For multi-year programmes, any seminar arrangements will be made in line with public health restrictions. Further details will be provided on registration.

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