Global Health Management
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This unit will address the question: How can health care services be managed in a global competitive environment? Global healthcare delivery entails important worldwide systemic challenges. While high income countries are confronted with increasing healthcare costs due to an ageing population, low and middle-income countries still face important challenges to ensure maternal and child basic healthcare needs and to protect their societies from transmissible diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Unaffordable drugs, lack of comprehensive health insurance coverage, scant awareness towards of health risks and available treatment, infrastructural obstacles hindering access to health facilities, limited living space, lack of appropriate water sanitation and waste disposal infrastructures in both rural and urban communities are only some of the factors undermining health in emerging economies. In this complex epidemiologic framework, multiple public and private stakeholders operate individually and in collaboration to overcome these issues, both locally – at national level – and globally, at international level. Public entities are governmental agencies, WHO, NGOs, donor foundations, universities, etc; private entities, such as hospitals, GPs, pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, shape their competitive actions according to different strategies, heterogeneous revenue models, leadership styles, and internal incentive schemes. This unit will apply knowledge about strategic management and organizational behaviour to understand how healthcare providers ensure competitive advantage in a global health setting, while pursuing the overall objective to improve healthcare delivery worldwide. In particular, we will understand how the global situation provides new, more complex challenges while simultaneously offering new opportunities. This unit consists of the following four parts: Introduction; Strategic management; Innovation and Change; Organizational Behaviour.
- To acquire insight into management theory and practice
- To understand the essential characteristics of health services in a global environment
- To obtain knowledge of managerial processes and management issues of health care delivery in a global system and competitive arena
- To acquire insight into the organisational theories underpinning the analysis of managerial processes
- To gain skills to analyse managerial problems and to provide solutions to managerial issues.
Basic literature that can be used: - Ginter, PM, Duncan WJ, and Swayne LE. 2018. Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations. Eighth ed. Hoboken. - Burns LR, Bradley EH, & Winer BJ. 2012. Shortell & Kaluzny’s Healthcare management. Organization design & behaviour. Delmar Cengage Learning, 6 th Edition, International Edition - Caluwé L. de & Vermaak H. 2003. Learning to change. A Guide for Organization Change Managers. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. - Daft RL & Noe RA. 2001. Organizational Behavior. Orlando: Harcourt College Publishers. - Burke, W.W. 2014. Organizational Change: theory and practice. London, Sage - Gopee, N. and Galloway, J. 2009. Leadership and Management in Healthcare. London, Sage