Our modules are listed below (but note that the detailed content of programmes is regularly updated in line with developments in theory, policy and practice: HSMC reserves the right to make adjustments to this indicative programme outline as appropriate):
Health Services Management (HSM)
Drawing on theory, research, and comparative analysis of international health systems, this module will provide you with the understanding and achieving the ‘building blocks’ of high quality care: well-trained and motivated staff, efficient use of resources, a culture of improvement, and an ability to integrate care.
This module will focus on integrated care. It will take you through a development process to equip you with the theoretical knowledge and personal skills to understand the health and care environment, improve integrated working on the frontline, and assess ways to achieve more efficient and person centred services.
This module looks to make sense of current health and care challenges by drawing on ideas, theories and frameworks from the tradition of public policy. We will encourage you to connect theory and practice in understanding the role and influence of different actors, interests, organisations and institutions within the health policy process.
Strategic Planning and Decision Making
This module examines the socio-economic, political and policy context of strategic planning and decision making in healthcare. Different perspectives are covered in relation to assessing need and demand for services; setting priorities; ensuring quality; and involving the public in planning, commissioning, and purchasing activities. You will
be introduced to key national and international research on the impact of strategic planning and decision making,
including consideration of lessons from other sectors.
Healthcare Quality: Measuring and Assuring
This module will introduce quantitative and qualitative approaches to measuring and evaluating quality. A variety of tools to monitor and analyse quality are covered including run charts, control charts and performance indicators.
Healthcare Quality: Innovation and Improvement
This module analyses the adoption and spread of innovation across healthcare systems. It also looks to analyse different perspectives, tools, and techniques for how quality and safety in healthcare can be improved. This includes quality improvement methods such as process mapping and plan do study act cycles as well as alternative perspectives related to social movements and communities of practice.
This module seeks to explore change within health and social care organisations by drawing on organisational development as a field of study and practice. It sets out the origins, history and definitions of organisational development and the key theories that underpin it. It will also asks you to undertake an analysis of a real organisation in order to deepen your understanding of how to put theory into practice and consider the relative merits of different organisational interventions. Throughout, theory, research and practice experiences are combined with active participation encouraged through formal group work activities and a group based assignment.
People, Patients and Communities
This module will examine a range of concepts, debates, approaches and challenges in public and service user involvement. The module builds on your experience to provide illustrative examples of relationships between providers and users of services.
These compulsory modules total 80 credits.
In order to fulfil the Programme Requirements you need to obtain 120 credits in taught modules. You can do this by selecting two of the optional modules below (each worth 20-credits).
- Health Care Quality Improvement and Innovation (08 25990)
- Health Care Quality: Measuring and Assuring
- Integrated Care Policy and Theory
- Strategic Planning and Decision Making
The dissertation is awarded the final 60 credits. The dissertation is a 10,000 word research project. This can be based on literature, or a primary research study. Dissertation study days are held each year, and all students are allocated a supervisor to support them through the self-directed piece of work.
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can help you make other choices.