Public Management

The MA – Healthcare Management is a two-year, part-time programme that focuses on the issues that affect health and hospital services. For this academic year, it will be delivered online. The programme seeks to raise the level of analysis in healthcare management in Ireland and to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage effectively. On completing the first year of the programme, students receive the interim award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management. The second year of the course is divided into two semesters. In the first of these, students study four key subjects in healthcare management. In the second, students write a dissertation on a specific healthcare management issue. If you do not wish to take all three subjects in any particular semester, you may choose to study one or two on a phased basis.

Master of Arts – Healthcare Management

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

For the academic year 2021-2022, the programme is delivered through a blended learning model. Students access a range of online resources, receive module textbooks, and attend webinars on scheduled weekends. 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 (including bespoke manuals), video lectures, and 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.

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a primary degree or equivalent qualification.

Duration

Two academic years

Interim Awards

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management.

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

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Commences

September 2021

Application Deadline

September 2021

Fees

The cost of the programme is €5,000 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees, all seminars, textbooks and course material), payable in two instalments. 

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

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The Programme

The MA – Healthcare Management is a two-year, part-time programme that focuses on the issues that affect health and hospital services. For this academic year, it will be delivered online. The programme seeks to raise the level of analysis in healthcare management in Ireland and to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage effectively. On completing the first year of the programme, students receive the interim award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management. The second year of the course is divided into two semesters. In the first of these, students study four key subjects in healthcare management. In the second, students write a dissertation on a specific healthcare management issue. If you do not wish to take all three subjects in any particular semester, you may choose to study one or two on a phased basis.

Is This Programme for you?

This programme is suitable for those who work in the health sector, particularly those looking to advance their career or already in a management role. Students come from across both the public and private healthcare sectors and from services areas including primary and community care, acute care, social care, mental health and corporate services. 

By placing healthcare issues within the broader public management field, it gives students an understanding of how healthcare management relates to other economic and organisational questions.

Subjects

Year One

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management (Interim Award)

The first year of the MA programme is divided into two semesters and each semester is devoted to the study of three key subjects in public management.

Semester One
  • Economics
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Finance
Semester Two
  • Organisation and Strategy
  • Research Methods
  • Managing Service Delivery/Managing in Europe

Year Two

Semester One
Health Systems and Policy

This module explores what health systems are and what shapes them. It considers health policy formulation, the structure of the Irish health system, current Irish policies in key healthcare areas (including primary and acute care), and future challenges for the Irish health system.  

Leadership and Management of Healthcare Organisations  

In exploring leadership and management in healthcare, this course addresses organisational theory, organisational behaviour, and managing organisational performance. It also attends to theories of leadership and management and to how best to lead change in the healthcare setting. 

Quality in Healthcare

This course examines the structures and processes that should be in place to ensure quality in healthcare. It considers patient safety, quality assessments, clinical and organisational governance, clinical audit and evidence-based medicine. 

Health Economics and Finance

Healthcare management requires a solid understanding of the economic and financial implications of decisions and policies. This course covers the healthcare market, pricing health services, supply-side efficiency, programme budgeting, case-mix, and management accounting control and accountability. 

Semester Two

In the second semester of year two students write a dissertation on a specific healthcare management issue. Students must successfully complete the taught modules before moving to the dissertation phase.

Assessment

Students are assessed by means of assignments, examinations and a dissertation. 

Prospectus

Programme Delivery and Application Form

For the academic year 2021-2022, programmes will generally be delivered through a blended learning model. Students access a range of online resources, receive module textbooks, and attend webinars on scheduled dates (mainly weekends). 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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