The quest for an effective health care delivery system that is responsive to the needs of our people in terms of availability, accessibility, and affordability of services is a continuing concern. The increasing demands of our rapidly expanding population, the growing complexities of health care services, and the challenges of globalization have given rise to the critical need for a new brand of leadership in health care institutions, both in the private and the public health sector. This new leader/manager should be equipped with the appropriate managerial skills in order to be able to properly direct the utilization of resources to achieve economically-productive and socially-oriented objectives of the organization.
Health executives, aware of the need to improve their knowledge and skills, but who cannot afford full-time study leave from their work, clamor for a management development program that can contribute to higher quality performance while at their jobs.
The Master in Business Administration in Health is the response of the Health Unit of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business to this prevailing need.
For health professionals and executives determined to keep pace with the trends and developments in health care management, this program provides an opportunity for professional development and career advancement even as it promotes organizational effectiveness and growth.
Building on over two decades of experience in teaching health care management, from its Master in Hospital Administration in 1978 to its Master in Health Services Administration in 1998, the Health Unit of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business now offers a Master in Business Administration in Health (MBA/H). This degree program offers a new model for training health managers with the breadth of understanding needed to lead this industry into the future. It is enhanced by its students who represent a broad spectrum of health care personnel, including nurses, physicians, and allied health professionals, and by its faculty who are distinguished practitioners, instructors, and researchers.
The Program provides formal professional education to practicing administrators and other health care managers who would like to pursue careers leading to the equivalent positions of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Chief Operating Officer (COO) in a wide variety of organizations in the health care system.
After the Program, the graduate is expected to have:
• Adequate preparation for greater administrative and managerial responsibilities beyond the career role of clinician or practitioner in health service institutions
• In-depth knowledge and understanding of the nature and application of the management process in health care settings
• Capacity for reflection and translation of thought into action as leaders in the advocacy of an appropriate health care delivery system
• Capacity for informed decision-making as manifested in improved functional competence in the use of quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques in problem-solving and decision-making in health care organizations
• Enhanced sensitivity to people and group processes, recognizing them as the organization’s vital resources in the achievement of its patient care and client’s objectives
• The ability to connect to the various key players in the sector towards a common vision
• A balanced integration of their individual value system, management philosophy, and leadership styles in the performance of their responsibilities as the organization’s chief executive or as middle managers
• A renewed commitment to professionalism and observance of ethical practices in the management of health care organizations, and
• A better appreciation of the role of the health services organization as a component of the health system in the country’s socio-economic development.
The MBAin Health Program Curriculum
a. The MBA in Health is offered on a trimestral basis. Class work is one (1) day a week (Saturdays) with two courses of three hours each per session for twelve (12) sessions per trimester.
b. The program is completed in seven (7) consecutive trimesters or a total of twenty eight (28) months. Students with a fixed load of six (6) units per trimester are able to complete the academic requirements within this period. Students who develop their strategic management paper early during their course work can graduate by the last (7th) trimester.
c. The maximum load per trimester is two (2) courses. Additional load requires approval from the Registrar.
d. The MBA Health Program consists of the following courses:
Core Courses 18 units
Major Courses in Management 15 units Electives 6 units
Integrating Course 3 units
Total 42 units
e. The required health care core courses serve as foundation and context by which the student is challenged to understand and apply the structure and operation of health care systems. The major MBA courses give the student a solid mastery of management fundamentals.
f. Attendance in all courses is required. Absence from class for a total of 20% of sessions per course may be considered as
g. Instructional methodology is of graduate level quality. To provide the students with the foundation for professional practice of general management in the health care enterprise, a combination of lectures, workshops, home-reading assignments, case studies, field work, self-learning modules and directed research are used that:
• Provide factual and practical knowledge of the health care field
• Stregthen the student's faculties of analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making
• Challenge the student's initiative and self-discipline
• Encourage independent thought, intensity of purpose, freedom from bias, thoroughness of inquiry, originality and creativity
• Promote group interaction and cooperation, and
• Foster a high sense of professional responsibility.
To qualify for the MBA in Health Program, a Filipino applicant must have:
1. A bachelor’s degree, preferably in Health from a recognized college or university. Non-Health graduates may also be admitted subject to the decision of the Admission Committee on Appeals.
2. An official transcript of records from the college or university.
3. A general undergraduate average of 85% of B or 2.0
4. Meaningful employment and work experience of at least five (5) years in a middle or upper supervisory position.
5. Satisfactory score in the entrance examination, except medical doctor applicants who are exempted from taking the entrance examination.
6. Fully accomplished online application
7. Interview by the Admission Committee
To qualify for the MBA/H Program, in addition to the above mentioned requirements, a foreign applicant must have:
1. Transcript of records or documents showing academic accomplishments from the country of origin, translated into English and authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consular Office in the country of origin
2. Certificate of degree of equivalency from the education ministry of the country of origin, where necessary and applicable
3. Working English proficiency, both oral and written, and where insufficient, be currently enrolled in an English proficiency course in the Philippines
4. Copy of passport
5. Approved student visa or if working in the Philippines, an employment permit issued by the Philippines government
6. Police clearance from the country of origin or from the Philippines if already having been in the country for at least sixty (60) days
7. Affidavit of support and financial capacity
8. Alien Certificate of Registration
9. Certificate of employment