Higher Certificate in Health Care Services Management

This programme is intended for healthcare practitioners and related professionals such as medical practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists and optometrists, as well as non–medical persons interested in pursuing management careers in healthcare services.

1 year
NQF Level 5
120 credits

Key features

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the health care services environment
  • Use economic principles to understand, explain and discuss allocation of resources in the healthcare services environment
  • Be able to analyse health care services phenomena using economic analysis tools
  • Be able to apply management principles (general, fi nancial and human resources) in the health care services management environment
  • Be able to manage a health care service practice
  • Be able to understand, monitor, review and implement quality improvement systems in this industry
  • Understand planning, policy making, monitoring, review and implementation in the health care services sector

About

The Higher Certificate in Healthcare Services Management (HCHSM) is a 1 year programme intended for healthcare practitioners and related professionals such as medical practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists and optometrists, as well as non–medical persons interested in pursuing management careers in healthcare services in the private and public sector. The programme serves a dual purpose, firstly school leavers will be empowered with initial management training and secondly professionals in healthcare, who occupy managerial positions but have no formal management training will acquire managerial training and competencies.

This qualification will develop management skills and competencies in persons involved in or wanting to make a career in the management of healthcare services.Healthcare services management is a field where there has been a historically severe shortage of management skills. This has been aggravated by the so-called brain drain.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme, the student should be able to:

  • Understand and work in the healthcare services environment
  • Use economic principles to understand, explain and discuss allocation of resources in healthcare services
  • Apply management principles (general, financial and human resources) in the healthcare services management
  • Contribute to the management of a health care service practice
  • Understand, monitor, review and implement quality improvement in this industry
  • Understand planning and policy making, monitoring, review and implementation in the healthcare services sector

Programme structure

Duration: 1 year
The programme comprises 6 modules, students attempt three (3) modules per semester.

Semester 1

  • Practice Management
  • Service Delivery and Quality Management
  • Healthcare Services Planning and Policy

Semester 2

  • Principles of Management
  • Healthcare Services Environment
  • Health Economics

Admission requirements

A National Senior Certificate with a minimum Higher Certificate admission or a relevant NQF4 Qualification or Equivalent

Application

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