Global Business School for Health


About us

As the world’s first business school dedicated to health and healthcare management, we’re elevating the global impact of healthcare delivery through strategic leadership, partnerships and innovation.

Our vision

To become the global leader of business research and education for health. 

Our mission

To empower an education, research, and professional community to accelerate health system innovations for the improvement of societal health outcomes globally.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to provide excellent education to empower tomorrow’s healthcare management leaders, who will make a difference to healthcare systems globally.

Our values

  • Visionary – Our community of changemakers embrace imaginative thinking, innovative techniques, and novel theories to lead changes that spearhead the dynamic health systems of tomorrow. 
  • Impactful – Our actions are transformative, driving real changes for improvement in the global health ecosystem.
  • Ethical – We are open, honest, and environmentally aware in our activities.
  • Inclusive – We are collaborative, always striving to harness the potential of our differences by weaving equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging into everything we do.

Our Goals

Goal 1: Provide high-quality employer and sector-aligned degrees for graduates to enrich global healthcare outcomes.
Goal 2: Develop and assess students’ business and health function and knowledge, creativity, critical thinking ability, communication, leadership, and ethical values. 
Goal 3: Facilitate the continuous commitment of staff to provide impactful research, consultancy, professional development, and service.
Goal 4: Build knowledge transfer partnerships taking a pioneering business and innovation perspective to address global health challenges and improve societal outcomes.

Our story

The UCL Global Business School for Health (UCL GBSH) was established in 2021 in response to an increasingly urgent and worldwide need for improving healthcare management.  

The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated a global realisation of the impact health has on communities, economies and industries, when deficiencies in healthcare systems and policies were exposed. Often diverse and disjointed, healthcare systems face unprecedented challenges and pressures. The modern purpose of effective healthcare systems is to keep populations well cared for and society running smoothly.

UCL GBSH is cultivating a new generation of healthcare management leaders. Our programmes tackle public health engagement and health inequalities locally, nationally and globally. They seek to enhance patient outcomes, promote wellbeing and drive sustainability. And they embrace innovation by harnessing technology and digitisation.  

UCL: a global expert in health

UCL has been ranked 5th in the world for public health research (ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021) and as an established world top 10 university that is a global leader in research and enterprise across medicine, health and education, UCL is the ideal home for the world’s first business school dedicated to health. Recognised for disruptive, critical thinking and widespread influence for the long term benefit of humanity, UCL is dedicated to practical impact and improving society. Health spans across all of UCL’s faculty areas, with half of the university’s staff engaged in areas of global health and human wellbeing. 

Global health partners

As a university we recognise we cannot deliver global change alone and as a result, we are more collaborative than any other major global health university. Our strategic partnerships span across industry, healthcare providers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other global centres of academic excellence. 

We are a founding partner in one of the first academic health science partnerships, UCLPartners, working alongside 23 NHS hospital trusts, 20 clinical commissioning groups and nine other universities to co-create healthcare solutions with access to a highly diverse patient population of over six million people registered at our partner hospitals. 

An inclusive community

Our research and partnership working also enriches global scholarship and delivers opportunities for a transformative education with a reputation for innovation, reach and legacy. We are committed to inclusivity and participation to reflect our global ambitions. 

The London School of Medicine for Women was established in 1874 and was the first medical school in Britain to train women as doctors, becoming part of UCL in 1998. Today, the Athena Swan accreditation for gender equality has been achieved across our broad scientific community at UCL.

Health innovation in London

Based in London, we are often described as the world’s greatest university city, while offering the practicalities of national and international transport access. We are immersed in our communities of east London and in the MedCity knowledge zone of Bloomsbury which is home to UCL’s world renowned research community, The Francis Crick Institute and Wellcome, the world famous hospital sites of Great Ormond Street, Moorfields and The Royal Marsden, private health giants including Cleveland Clinic and Spire, NGOs and national charities, royal and learned societies and tech giants including Google, Facebook and DeepMind.

The global context

Our work is anchored by World Health Organisation goals and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Our goal for 2019-2023 is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and wellbeing.” – World Health Organisation

“[We aim to] achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.” Target 3.8, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals