Completing the health management study programme will provide you with the skills required for designing, implementing, and evaluating management tasks in the health system in a systematic and academically sound manner.
What Is It All About?
Management may be referred to as the driving force behind any collaborative effort involving many people. (Hans Ulrich, 1972)
The central tasks in management are planning, organising, leading, and controlling/developing. Within the health system, this involves
- Planning, organising, leading, and controlling/developing processes for maintaining the health of the population, as well as for caring for the sick
- Planning, organising, leading, and controlling/developing of and within health organisations.
Health management is more than simply applying economic ideas and actions to health institutions. It is more than applying business administration principles to the health sector. Rather, health management comprises the systematic and academically sound design, implementation, evaluation, and adaptation of management tasks within the health system. It requires balancing the economic interests of healthcare institutions regarding their efficiency and effectiveness with society’s interest in high quality care. Health management is about making a vision reality: To contribute to a patient-centred, participatory, and empowering practice of care that is at the same time economically reasonable and justifiable.
A study programme offering two specialisations
After your third semester, you will choose between two specialisations:
- Healthy enterprises: You will learn to take responsibility for the health promoting design of institutions of the health system.
- Management in health care: You will learn to take responsibility for the management of health institutions, e.g., in human resources, or as part of the change management of learning organisations of in-patient and out-patient care.
If you have previously completed your vocational training in in nursing, you also may decide at this time to switch to a different set of examination regulations and to specialise in nursing management.
This Programme Is for You If...
- You have completed your vocational training in a health-related profession, such as nursing, physiotherapy, or as a medical assistant, paramedic, or in a technical or clerical medical profession
- You have earned your university entrance qualification
- You are interested in applying your professional experience in a setting where you can contribute to a patient-centred, participatory, and resource-oriented practice of care that is at the same time economically reasonable and justifiable, and you can imagine that such a setting may entail improved working conditions for healthcare providers as well
Are you already involved in management tasks within the health system? In that case, you may be able to get credit for your proven skills to be applied to certain modules of the study programme. These credits may cover up to half of the required programme credits.
You want to keep working in your job while studying? On-campus days in this programme are Mondays to Wednesdays. If you are planning to work half days and more, you should choose the part-time version of the study programme.
Management skills are becoming more and more important in the health system. After successful completion of the study programme, your employment and other work options include:
- Human resources or health manager at a larger corporation, either within the administrative unit at executive level, or within the human resources department
- Working with a state pension organisation such as health, accident, or retirement insurance providers, e.g., in the contracting or prevention departments
- Employment within organisations of publicly funded health care at the community, regional, or national level, where you might, e.g., organise conferences on health
- Working as an independent consultant or with a consulting organisation, conducting satisfaction analyses in health care institutions, or you may advise businesses on how they might best maintain the performance of their ageing workforce, or you may offer your services as part of corporate integration management (Betriebliches Eingliederungsmanagement, BEM), or you may contribute to change management tasks
- Working as a coordinator in a network or collaboration of health care or social services providers
- Managing a smaller care institution
- Working as an assistant to the head of a care institution
- Employment in a quality assurance institution in the health system, where you would support the development of guidelines and recommendations
Should you complete an additional Master's degree programme, even more career options will be available to you. Suitable Master's programmes might include programmes in public health with a focus on economics, if you are interested in a population-based approach, or programmes in educational science for nursing and health professions, if you are interested in assuming responsibilities in health profession training and education.
What Can I Expect During My Course of Study?
At Fulda University of Applied Sciences, your studies will be interdisciplinary and practice-oriented, and you will experience project-based and problem-based learning opportunities, lectures by visiting scholars and practitioners, as well as projects and internships. We teach health, business administration, and management science in equal parts. You are expected to have English language skills, and you will be given opportunities to expand and deepen them over the course of the programme. We emphasise the ability to conduct academic research.
Over the course of your studies, you will develop and enhance your professional skills, including
- A good interdisciplinary understanding of health science
- The ability to correctly and pragmatically apply research methods to facilitate better planning and decision making
- The ability to act in a systematic and project-oriented way, and to think and act in an economically sound manner
- The ability to collaborate, coordinate, and communicate
- The ability to organise work processes in a health promoting, humane manner
- The ability to further develop organisations and to lead/organise change
- The ability to responsibly deploy and lead human resources within the health system and in the health industry
You have a choice of completing this programme as a full-time student (with on-campus days Mondays to Wednesdays), or of studying part-time. Our experience suggests that students can manage up to 10 hours per week of additional (paid) work in the full-time programme without it negatively affecting their performance. If you are working part-time at a rate of half of the full-time hours or more, we recommend that you choose the part-time programme, which will take 9 semesters to complete rather than the 6 semesters allocated to the full-time programme. Should your situation change, you will be able to seamlessly switch from one option to the other. You may spend a semester abroad, preferably during your fifth semester.
After successful completion of the study programme, you will be awarded a Bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)).
“I’ve chosen Fulda, because the university is very modern and strong on research in this field.” - Leif Conring, student of health management
“A pleasant atmosphere, new, modern equipment, and a city in nice surroundings.” - Kirran Theiner, student of health management
“I enjoy my studies at my department because lectures are held in small groups and modern facilities.” - Annemarie Wagner, student of health management