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Become an innovative healthcare leader with an Online MBA Clinical Leadership

The healthcare sector is growing at a rapid rate, with global health services spending expected to rise at an annual rate of 5% until 2023.1 Driving value and lasting change within this critical industry requires a complex set of clinical skills and the business knowledge to lead organisations to success.

From the growing aging population to rapid technological advancements, rising levels of chronic diseases, increased costs and the expansion of health service systems, healthcare is facing a mounting number of challenges.2

According to a recent Deloitte report, today’s healthcare stakeholders “need to invest in value-based care, innovative care delivery models, advanced digital technologies, data interoperability, and alternative employment models to prepare for these uncertainties and build a smart health ecosystem”.3

However, research shows that healthcare leaders are struggling to recruit, retain and promote the top talent they need to move their organisations forward.4

Developing the clinical leaders of the future

The University of Birmingham recently launched the Online MBA Clinical Leadership, designed to give our students the practical skills and insights they need to tackle these challenges and become the innovative and sought-after future leaders of the growing healthcare sector.

Evolving out of our established, AMBA-accredited Online MBA – currently ranked 17th in the world – this new, specialist programme will enable you to develop both the business acumen and specific clinical knowledge you need to progress to the most senior roles within healthcare.

Delivered jointly by the triple-accredited Birmingham Business School and the long-established Health Services Management Centre, the programme takes a truly multi-disciplinary approach.

As well as the core MBA modules, which will hone your business leadership expertise, students’ will study three healthcare-focused modules: clinical leadership; governance, policy and regulation in health organisations; and digital health. The programme also has a global focus, enabling students to apply their learnings to healthcare systems around the world.

What are the benefits of an Online MBA Clinical Leadership?

Today’s clinical leaders need the knowledge and skills to drive real and lasting change that meets the evolving needs of both patients and other stakeholders.

In order to build smarter, more efficient healthcare services, leaders in the field need to understand regulatory frameworks and predict strategic level changes that meet a wide range of objectives.

The Online MBA Clinical Leadership programme focuses on pertinient healthcare issues while developing students’ leadership skills, to enable health professionals to learn how to tackle both current and future potential healthcare challenges.

The course covers a range of key topics, including investing in value-based care, leading and communicating with experts effectively, navigating policy and strategic changes, understanding the value of innovative care delivery models and the impact of advanced digital technology.

Maximise your career prospects by combining both business and healthcare

Choosing to specialise in Clinical Leadership as part of a top-ranking Online MBA also gives students a robust understanding of business administration in a wider context, which is highly sought after across the board.

Online MBA Clinical Leadership students will not only acquire the specific skills needed to excel within the healthcare sector, they will also broaden their skill set through an appreciation of the integrated value of marketing, operations, HRM, accounting and finance.

Studying online also allows students to connect instantly with others from around the world, enabling them to collaborate and share experiences with like-minded professionals from both inside and outside of the healthcare sector.

Who should study an Online MBA Clinical Leadership?

Taking two-and-a-half years to complete on a part-time basis, this specialist programme is aimed at both clinical and non-clinical professionals with at least three years management experience, who are looking to progress to senior healthcare management roles. This includes clinical staff wishing to take on senior management roles, allied health professionals and non-clinical individuals – such as senior finance, HR or general management – who aspire to a clinical leadership position, as well as frontline

professionals such as doctors and surgeons who would like to move into strategic leadership roles. The innovative new programme is also likely to appeal to those working in bioscience, MedTech and Life Sciences who wish to move to a senior strategic level within healthcare.

Why study at the University of Birmingham?

Our Online MBA Clinical Leadership is delivered by Birmingham Business School; the oldest and one of the most well-renowned business schools in the UK.

The University of Birmingham as a whole is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, meaning we are known for our research, our outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with local and national business and the public sector. Currently ranked in the world top-100 universities5, and 13th within the UK6, the University of Birmingham has a long and recognised history of innovation and pushing forward the boundaries of understanding and knowledge.

The Health Services Management Centre, who jointly deliver the Online MBA Clinical Leadership, has a 50-year established reputation in healthcare and our Online MBA programme was the world’s first 100% online MBA to gain AMBA accreditation – the highest standard of achievement available in postgraduate business education.

Join us in 2021

If you are looking to rapidly progress your career in healthcare, our Online MBA Clinical Leadership can help you to achieve your ambitions. We are now accepting applications for our June 2021 intake – for more information, fill out our request for information form or call +44 (0)800 032 7101 to speak with a member of our Admissions Team.


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