Healthcare Management

The Diploma in Healthcare Management is a two-year part-time that gives students the knowledge and skills they need to make an effective contribution to the management of health services. Students learn about the functions and breadth of the management role, about the healthcare organisation and about financial and human resource management. The programme’s focus on both the organisational and the national environment, the micro and the macro, leaves students well placed to advance in their career.

For this academic year, the programme is delivered online.

Diploma in Healthcare Management

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

This year’s programme is delivered online, so students do not need to travel to the IPA campus in order to study toward a third-level qualification. They will be connected with the course components, IPA staff, and fellow learners no matter there they live.

Via the IPA’s online learning portal, students will access comprehensive course material (including bespoke manuals), video lectures that can be viewed on any device, and regular live webinars where lecturers will engage with student questions and enable discussion. Students will also receive hardcopy textbooks for all modules and access to the resources of the IPA Library. They 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

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

Two academic years

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

Level 6 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

October 2020

Application Deadline

September 2020

Fees

€2,300 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees and is payable in two instalments).

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

Progression

Students with a Diploma in Healthcare Management will be admitted to the third year of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Healthcare Management) on completion of a bridging programme.

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The Programme

The Diploma in Healthcare Management is a two-year part-time that gives students the knowledge and skills they need to make an effective contribution to the management of health services. Students learn about the functions and breadth of the management role, about the healthcare organisation and about financial and human resource management. The programme’s focus on both the organisational and the national environment, the micro and the macro, leaves students well placed to advance in their career.

For this academic year, the programme is delivered online.

Is This Programme for you?

The programme will be of interest both to those who have recently moved into management roles in the health sector and to existing managers who wish to formalise and develop their management skills in the healthcare context. 

Subjects

The programme consists of four modules that cover key healthcare management competencies.

 

The Management Process in Healthcare Organisations

Students learn about the theories and functions of management and models of organisational structure, culture and strategic planning.

 

Managing Resources 

Students learn about the current national context and the drivers for fiscal restraint. They also learn about approaches to measuring and managing performance before moving to more specific topics such as costing, budgeting, and value for money.

 

Health Policy and Planning 

Students learn about the historical development of the Irish health system and the recent reforms which have reated and re-shaped the HSE. They also learn about key polices in various areas of service delivery such as acute care, primary care and mental health.

 

Human Resource Management

Students learn about the breadth of the HRM function within an organisation and address such key topics as managing performance, understanding motivation and dealing with grievance and discipline.

Assessment

Students complete written assignments in each module and sit final examinations. 

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Prospectus

Undergraduate Prospectus 2020 / 2021

Full details of IPA undergraduate programmes are also available in our prospectus, which can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the cover to the left.

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