Health MBA

UCL East

Elevate your ambitions, ignite your earning potential and harness the power of world class innovators with an MBA that will place you at the cutting edge of health leadership.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£45,000
£22,500
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£45,000
£22,500
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Graduates without the relevant degree classification but with extensive relevant work experience are welcome to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. At least three years’ postgraduate professional experience is also required. Applicants are expected to have a well-balanced GMAT score or a valid GRE score. All candidates will be interviewed to assure they understand the demands of the programme and are a good fit for this specialism in health.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

A transformational programme from the world’s first business school dedicated to health, taught from a global top 10 university, our MBA Health programme offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to realise your exceptional ambitions in health leadership. 

Bringing together world-class academia with practical business skills, you’ll gain the competencies and attributes of a traditional MBA, while honing in on the practical application of skills in healthcare management. A competitive programme with global relevance, you’ll enhance your employability and earning potential, securing your place as a future changemaking healthcare leader.

Health now accounts for more than 10% of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). With health and healthcare in the global spotlight due to the COVID-19 pandemic and wider pressures on healthcare systems, now is the time to gain a qualification that will help you bring about meaningful and widespread impact. Our MBA Health programme provides the foundations to improve the quality of health and healthcare management in public, private and not-for-profit organisations (NGOs) globally by teaching and inspiring the next generation of transformational leaders.

Who this course is for

The MBA Health is our flagship programme and is highly competitive. When reviewing MBA Health applications, we will assess your eligibility for the programme based on a combination of your academic credentials, work experience, personal statement, admissions interview and references. We are looking for applications from ambitious individuals who want to become the next leaders in healthcare. If you are a bold thinking innovator and want to further your leadership credentials in the healthcare management sector whilst making a positive change to global healthcare outputs, we look forward to hearing from you.
Our MBA Health programme is for ambitious individuals who are determined to become exceptional leaders in healthcare. You may be a manager, clinician, business specialist or medical consultant looking to elevate your career in the public or private health sector. You could have some experience in healthcare management or leadership, with ambitions to lead at a higher level. You may also be a professional with a little work experience in any sector, intent on pivoting your career direction via this MBA. A highly competitive international programme, our MBA Health degree is for any individual who thinks they have what it takes to embrace top positions in healthcare management, in order to make a difference to global health outcomes.

What this course will give you

Getting an MBA Health from UCL Global Business School for Health will set you apart. As it's a specialist MBA fully focusing on health, you’ll gain all the competencies and attributes of a traditional MBA, while honing in on the practical application of skills in healthcare management. We see this programme as part of your journey to not only boost your earning potential but to make a real difference to the global health sector. Your personal and professional journey is at the forefront as we support your career, promotion and network building through the MBA Health programme.

On-boarding

Your on-boarding experience involves two stages prior to the programme start date; a set of fully online self-paced primer courses and a tailored induction package.

Depending on your background, you will be asked to complete a range of online primer courses. Some of the proposed courses are:

  • Fundamentals of accounting, finance and economics
  • Global Health and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Study-skills for MBA success
  • Time Management

The primer courses will ensure you are ready for all components of the MBA Health programme.

Induction

There will be a two-week induction prior to the start of term focused on personal development, organisational behaviour and team building. It will include a three-day residency off-campus with personal and group development, personality and career assessment testing and career coaching.

The three-day residential off-campus retreat is designed to help you build a sense of belonging and cohort identity and introduce you to the MBA Health experience. Most importantly, it will give you uninterrupted space to learn more about yourself, your leadership style and teamwork skills as you begin to create your personal MBA journey and experience.

We recognise that the students who will come on this programme will have a variety of starting points so as much as we want you to bond as a class, we want to make sure you understand your starting point and what you want to achieve over the next twelve months whilst on this programme.

During these three days, you will be challenged to set goals and define your career aspirations. You will be placed in high performing teams with the same group of individuals to undertake the Global Health Challenge.

Our MBA team will be joined by top recruiters and career coaches who will ensure you receive time individually and as a cohort, helping to build your personal brand and value as a next generation leader.

These two weeks will be critical to the transformational journey you will undertake. We will prepare you for the themed blocks, work on cases and how to get the most out of your MBA experience with us.

The foundation of your career

Employability

Graduates coming from our MBA Health can expect to have:

  • An enhanced understanding of the intersection between health and business.
  • Substantial research and analytical skills that can be specifically applied to health and business leadership.
  • A detailed understanding of health organisations, how they’re managed and the changing external context.
  • Highly developed professional skills, with a focus on change and innovation in healthcare.
  • Well-honed written and verbal communication skills to support information and data management.
  • The capacity to identify business opportunities arising from healthcare research.
  • Important knowledge about the ethical, legal and regulatory issues associated with bringing health innovations to market.
  • A keen awareness of your professional ambitions and skillsets, along with networks of colleagues and health leaders that will last a lifetime.
  • A mindset embracing innovation, nurtured by the experiential learning and real world examples used in teaching at UCL GBSH.
  • An appreciation of teamwork and collaboration for problem solving and delivering equality, diversity and inclusion in healthcare settings.

Career Support throughout your programme

You will receive tailored career support from day one of the MBA Health programme. Through a psychometric leadership profiling process, you will develop your leadership style and follow your individual professional growth plans. You will have access to a personal tutor and one-to-one career coaching to help you navigate your career strategies from consultancy to C-suite roles in health, healthcare management and business. Across the academic year, you will tap into a full programme of events, job boards, resources and career workshops supporting the entire recruitment processes for MBA Health related positions. In addition to customised services, you will have immediate access to the UCL Career Services and Innovation and Enterprise Services to ensure you have all the support to meet your career ambitions.

We are fully committed to supporting you with the confidence, skills and connections you need to achieve your MBA Health career goals.

Teaching and learning

Written exams – these will test your knowledge of and ability to analyse various case studies and scenarios and you will demonstrate your ability to apply that knowledge.

Coursework essays – these will allow you to demonstrate your organisation of knowledge and understanding in order to develop cohesive arguments.

Presentations – you will demonstrate the ability to select, synthesise and communicate information for varied audiences/purposes, using a variety of media, through both group and individual projects.

Global Health Challenge & Consultant project – our Global Health Challenge and Health Consultant projects will encompass research analysis, a literature review, critical appraisal, data collection and analysis, structured writing and presentation of findings.

Enhanced research skills – you will learn how to model health based hypotheses, literature reviews and practical analysis of results.

Health and Business case written analysis – you will establish identification of need, challenges of buy-in, legal ramifications of development, obstacles and ethics through business and academic orientation.

Business presentation – through this you will gain communications skills and the ability to be targeted, persuasive and professionally interrogate current knowledge and understanding with the capacity to take existing knowledge to new scenarios.

Face-to-face attended blocks form typically 20 hours per week in terms 1 and 2, and there is considerable independent reading and recorded lectures study expected through the module delivery period and in the identified revision weeks.

Modules

Full-time

The MBA Health core content is delivered in four blocks and each block cluster will be compatible with business disciplines and require you to develop specific knowledge and skills on themed business and management topics aligned with core MBA learning. Each block is brought together in a wrap-up week where the topics come alive through real-world scenarios and case studies presented and discussed with health experts in appropriate fields and roles. These blocks are team taught by experts to make sure that the module comes together for you and there will always be a break between blocks for you to reflect, complete assignments and prepare for the next block.

The final block of the programme is made up of selected health themes to assist you in exploring specific challenges and opportunities currently faced by the health sector. Given that this module focus is on contemporary issues and opportunities, the themes of the various weeks may change overtime.

The breadth and depth of this programme demands your full engagement as you gain confidence and competence through the case studies, peer to peer interaction and experiential learning. You will be expected to prepare for each week of face-to-face instruction through a series of online activities and readings. This extensive preparation will ensure you and colleagues get the most out of your in-class experiences.

You will also be expected to present some of your work both as an individual and group member to other class members and visiting experts. The focus will be on giving you core business and management theoretical learning and application through case teaching, group work and projects.

Weekly group tutorials allow for more detailed discussion and consideration of the material covered in lectures and case presentations. Project development workshops allow for investigative, analytical, synthesis and data interrogation skills to be developed, while being put into practice as you advance your Global Health Challenge and Health Consultant projects.

In January, you will travel with your academic staff member and project group colleagues to the location you will be working on for your Global Health Challenge. This two-week immersive experience of undertaking primary research and collecting data and information to complete your project is an integral part of giving you practical-based skills and experience that will enhance your career outcomes.

In Term 3, you will embark on the final part of your programme by working with an identified organisation on a health consultancy project that will form a report that will be presented to the organisation as well as submitted as your final assessment. This opportunity will provide you with hands-on experience of consulting on a specific health/business challenge. It will enable you to put everything you have learnt across the academic year to work.

Core modules:

Strategy, People and Marketing - 30 credits
The focus of this module is to develop your engagement with strategic management and leadership, human resource development and marketing to amplify the vision and aims of an organisation. You’ll explore a range of strategic and operational perspectives through academic research and an examination of work based issues through case studies. 
Assessed through a 3,500 word case analysis report (70%) and a 20-minute group presentation (30%).

Funding, Finance and Regulation -  30 credits
This module is designed to give you an in depth grasp of the main theories, accounting tools, methods and techniques of financial management. You’ll develop a critical understanding and evaluation skills in relation to methods and techniques, understand the role of financial information within an organisation and look at regulatory frameworks.
Assessed through a two-hour open book exam (50%) and a 2,500 word written policy brief (50%).

Data Driven Management - 30 credits
Designed to give you an introduction to the key economic concepts and principles of public health, you’ll explore content on the economics of health – including the application of economic principles, integrating sustainability into healthcare strategies, and tools for visualising and presenting health data.
Assessed through a 5,000 word case study using economic, sustainability and data analysis tools and concepts.
 
Contemporary Topics in Health and Healthcare - 30 credits
The focus of this module is to strengthen your knowledge of business, management and organisational principles and practices within the contemporary health sector. Topics change on an annual basis, and could include: digital health transformation and opportunities, social determinants of health, the business of behavioural health and ageing, leading change in healthcare, AI for health solutions, population health management or systems leadership.
Assessed through a 3,500 word reflective essay (70%) and a 20-minute group presentation (30%).

Part-time

You will study over two academic years, during which time content will be delivered across four blocks and each block cluster will be compatible with business disciplines and require you to develop specific knowledge and skills on themed business and management topics aligned with core MBA learning. Each block is brought together in a wrap-up week where the topics come alive through real-world scenarios and case studies presented and discussed with health experts in appropriate fields and roles. You will also complete the Global Health Challenge and Health Consultant Projects during this time.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Upon successful completion of 210 credits, you will be awarded an MBA in Health.

Fieldwork

Re-imaging health and healthcare management requires practice. At GBSH, we have purposely designed your MBA experience to ensure that you not only get the contextual practice from thinking through and coming up with solutions to various case studies, but the opportunity to define a health problem as well as find a solution that will make a difference to others. Becoming a confident and competent health leader requires you to ensure that there is room for many voices in your collaborations, challenging of processes and methods for solving problems, all of which will allow you to gain experiences that have real benefit to your future careers.

We have designed two experiences for you that will push your comfort levels and give you the global exposure you need to make a difference for healthcare.

Global Health Challenge

Through the Global Health Challenge, you will learn the importance of team dynamics and collaboration for identifying health issues and finding solutions. It brings your learning across your MBA programme together through an overseas project in a low or middle-income country. It will require you to use key tools of business and management that you have acquired across the programme in fields such as strategy, project management, finance, marketing and leadership together. This group project involves conceptualising issues, undertaking fieldwork, researching solutions, and working as a diverse team to find solutions to the question you are exploring. You will learn how to present and communicate your findings as part of the learning on this capstone experiential learning component of your programme.

This experience will begin as soon as you arrive at GBSH. As part of your induction you will take a number of assessments that will support to place you in the most appropriate project team. It will build on the characteristics of your talented colleagues while giving you an appreciation of how you can develop as a group to maximise your performance.

This project is designed to give you experiential learning by allowing you to work on a current health problem in a low- or middle-income country to find a solution. This contextualized approach with a two-week field work experience in January will allow you and your teammates to experience what it is like to undertake research in a low- or middle-income country as you develop your project management skills.

These projects are developed across the academic year giving you experience in putting into action a project idea that will create healthier lives somewhere in the world. Examples of possible projects we will be looking to develop with you include: analysis of bottlenecks in healthcare supply chains, financial analysis of government health NGO budgets, organizational change for a healthcare service, health policy implementation and embedding health innovations. You will develop your project through a series of seminars and workshops each carefully planned so you can understand the different phases of the project such as how to identify the problem, structure the project and research a meaningful solution/hypothesis that can be tested for validity. You will also gain leadership, management and collaboration skills that you will utilize across your future career.

You and your team will be supported by our world-class academics at UCL who are cutting-edge in their applied health research across the world. You and your team will be expected to meet with your academic supervisory support team at least twice a term to ensure that you are developing the project in line with expectations as well as being supported in addressing any barriers you might face. You will have a project supervisor who will travel with you to undertake your field experience in early January and also have responsibility for the itinerary and logistics of the trip which will ensure a rich cross-cultural experience alongside your field work.

This project aims to provide you with:

  • In-depth knowledge of a specific area of health and healthcare in the context of low- and middle-income countries
  • Appropriate use of business and leadership skills acquired across your MBA programme to solve real world health challenges

The Global Health Challenge is an opportunity to pursue an in-depth project that makes a difference not only for you, but for others.

Health Consultant Projects

In your final term of the programme, you will have the opportunity to connect with the health sector in an area that will help shape your career. You will bring together what you have learnt across the programme into a consultancy project working for a health sector client. This piece of work is an opportunity for you to work independently or in a small group depending on the project to shape and engage on a problem or opportunity that needs addressing by the health client. This project may include an enhanced synthesis of the literature, practice or applied research. The ambition is to identify and shape the project with your client and develop your academic and professional skills for personal and professional development while delivering tangible outcomes for the client. You will begin to work on the project at the end of term two through a focused workshop and individual work with a career coach to ensure you get the right fit in terms of project and client for your future aspirations.

The consultancy project will be delivered primarily through supported independent project work. This consultancy project is primarily student-centered learning. You will have developed your consultancy skills via a series of lectures and workshops ran in term two. Key skills, methodologies, critical paradigms and approaches to consultancy in practice will have been covered in your other modules and through workshops. These topics will come alive for you as you work on this client driven project. There will also be training in database searching to assist you with any desk-based work to your project.
There will be tutorial support from a nominated supervisor available in term three. Students will be expected to meet with their academic supervisor as well as client contact at least three times to ensure that they develop the project in line with expectations of the client.

The project aims to provide you with:

  • In-depth knowledge of how to undertake effective consultancy projects in the health sector
  • Appropriate research and reviewing skills required for a successful project experience
  • Knowledge and skills on how to manage client expectations and engagement

The ability to ask appropriate questions, listen and structure a brief with your client will assist you with crucial aspects of consultancy that will build your confidence and capabilities for future projects.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £45,000 £22,500
Tuition fees (2022/23) £45,000 £22,500

Additional costs

Students will have to pay for the cost of return travel to the destination where they are undertaking their Global Health Challenge. You will also have to pay for your accommodation in country but all food and on the ground transport will be covered.

If you require a visa for the duration of your stay, you will also need to cover this cost.

We have a range of scholarship and funding options which can be put towards covering the costs of your Global Health Challenge field trip.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

The UCL Global Business School for Health has three types of scholarship options available for applicants on the MBA Health programme:

The MBA Health Future Impact Leaders Scholarships are for those applying to the MBA Health who plan to take back the knowledge gained from their period of study and make a real difference in the society of their home country.

The GBSH Women Healthcare Leaders Scholarships are for female students who demonstrate leadership potential. Research confirms that women are the primary consumers of healthcare as well as the workforce, but they remain underrepresented in leadership roles. The recipients of these scholarships will also be provided with leadership coaching and high-impact leadership training as part of their scholarship

The East London Healthcare Leaders Scholarships are for students who live or work in East London and are keen to make a difference for their local community. As part of the East London community, we want to help develop the local talent in health and healthcare management and leadership.

For eligibility criteria and details of the application process and deadlines please visit the scholarships section of the UCL GBSH website.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021