MSc Health Analysis, Policy & Management

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Accreditation: triple-accredited business school AACSB, EQUIS & AMBA
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

Study with us

  • gain a comprehensive skillset for analysing the design and implementation of healthcare policy and service delivery, transferrable across roles in health services, insurers, government, and the medical technologies industry
  • begin or progress a career that helps organisations improve quality of care, efficiency of care, patient-centredness, and equity in care using evidence-based decision making
  • study with academics who are actively engaged in research and consulting work for UK and global health organisations, including advising healthcare systems on Covid-19 response
  • work on a health care related project for our academics or partners in Scotland, the UK, and internationally

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Why this course

The MSc Health Analysis, Policy & Management has been developed to equip you with practical, evaluative, and analytical skills to allow you to influence and develop strategy and performance in the healthcare sector.

The skills you'll learn are sought after for roles at different levels in organisations across the health sector, including in hospitals, health systems, healthcare consulting firms, governments, and other local and international health organisations. They're also useful tools for beginning an academic research career in the area.

Our academics are actively engaged in research and consulting work for UK and international health organisations, including the English and Scottish National Health Services in the UK. You'll work on summer projects relevant in this context and where possible for these organisations.

This unique course takes a ‘systems thinking’ approach to improving decision-making in healthcare in the UK and internationally.

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What you'll study

The core Becoming an Effective Health Analyst class runs over both semesters and provides you with a practical environment to apply methodological learnings from other classes into challenging projects from clients in the healthcare sector. It will include guest lectures and cases from external clients.

Semester 1

Semester 1 is designed to provide you with the fundamental skills for analysis of health policy and management. This includes key skills to structure problems, analyse hard/soft data, build forecasting models, managing healthcare operations, and health economic evaluation.

Semester 2

Semester 2 is designed to extend your core skills as you learn about health systems performance, financing, and innovation. A broad range of electives will allow you to specialise in areas such as simulation modelling and performance measurement.

Summer project

The final component of the MSc course is a three-month summer dissertation project. The Department will arrange projects with external host organisations, as well as with internal academic clients. The type of placement you pursue will depend on your career goals, preferences, and a host of other factors. You can also propose your own projects.

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Course content

Semester 1 & 2

Becoming an Effective Health Analyst

This module will provide the crucial opportunity for the students to apply their broad knowledge of tools and techniques from other health analysis, policy, and management classes to real-world problems that are typically presented to them by external clients.

Semester 1

Managing Healthcare Operations

This module teaches essential principles, tools and techniques of Healthcare Operations Management – both in general and as applied to specific healthcare organisations, processes and functions.

Health Economics and Evaluation

This module will develop students’ understanding of principles of health economic evaluation. Economic evaluation is concerned with the allocation of scarce resources, which is particularly important in healthcare provision today. Students will learn the tools to assess the effects and economic efficiency of health policy and interventions. The theory and methodologies students learn will provide them with practical tools that can be applied to healthcare provision planning in the public and private sectors. These tools can also help developers of health technologies and services (e.g., biomedical engineers, digital technology developers, and pharmacists) understand where the greatest value lies.

Foundations of Operations Research and Business Analysis

This module will explore the generic problem solving process which underpins the provision of decision support. In particular, it'll consider the role of modelling in that process. The activities of problem structuring, data collection and analysis, identification and evaluation of options, communication and implementation of learning, findings and recommendations will each be discussed along with the issues pertaining to each of them. The skills taught in this module, which are broader than for only the healthcare sector, are extremely important for healthcare policy and management.

Quantitative Business Analysis

This module runs over one semester but in two parts. The first part provides an introduction to the basic theory and application of statistical modelling. Topics covered included data analysis, probability theory, distributions and moments, estimation and hypothesis testing.

The second part focuses mainly on two areas - regression modelling and multivariate analysis. While key background theory will be presented, the emphasis is on the generation and interpretation of output from commercially available software. This module will form a foundation to the quantitative healthcare analysis you will use.

Spreadsheet Modelling and Demand Forecasting

This module will demonstrate how spreadsheets can be used to support the analytical techniques whose theory is taught on other modules. For example, forecasting, simulation, optimisation, data analysis, as well as being used to support technical report writing.

Estimating demand for health care services and technologies is important for designing policy and interventions, and most prominence in this module is given to demand forecasting. You'll be introduced to different types of forecasting technique for short term smoothing through to decompositional analysis. These methods will be implemented using spreadsheet models

Semester 2

Health systems performance, financing and innovation

The class will consist of two parts. Together, the parts will provide students with knowledge of health systems financing, medical markets and policy innovation, public–private governance objectives and policy levers, health-system performance assessment and monitoring, the role of public financial management, and health systems needs assessment.

The key themes of the class – health systems performance and management, equity as a health policy goal, and the role of health system financing – will be explored through recent policy challenges, including health system reform, progress towards universal health coverage in low- and middle-income countries, the growth of the health system as a driver of economic growth, and health security as a global public good. 

The class will feature a mix of analytic tools and introduction to key policy debates in health policy.  Although concepts will be presented in a way as to be relatable to the UK and Scottish context, the focus of the class will be international.

Semester 3

Summer project

The final component of the MSc course is a three-month summer dissertation project. The Department will arrange projects with external host organisations, as well as with internal academic clients. The type of placement you pursue will depend on your career goals, preferences, and a host of other factors. You can also propose your own projects.

Choose three:

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Business Simulation Methods

The module will focus on the two forms of systems simulation; discrete-event simulation (DES) and system dynamics (SD; a continuous simulation technique). For DES, the class will start with an introduction, aiming to familiarise students with the concept and its use.

It continues with discussing a rational approach to simulation using a number of examples from manufacturing and service operations. For system dynamics the class will provide a background to system dynamics including its links to other modelling techniques being taught on the course, in particular, its links to problem structuring methods.

These types of models are often used for modelling health care operations (DES) as well disease dynamics (SD).

Stochastic Modelling for Analytics

Problems from business, industry, and public policy motivate the use of stochastic modelling for analytical decision support.  The class will focus on two methodologies for supporting decision-making under uncertainty: stochastic agent-based modelling (ABM), a systems simulation method, and Bayesian belief network modelling (BBN). 

Agents-based models, also known as individual-based models in mathematical epidemiology, are often used to model infectious disease as well non-communicable disease and human behaviour. Agents may represent humans, institutions, organization, or any decision-making entities. ABMs can be used to project how macro-level order, patterns, and outcomes emerge bottom-up, from chance and actions and interactions of autonomous agents at the micro-level. An agent-based simulation (ABS) is an instance of a stochastic process.

BBN provide a means of modelling causal relationships between variables. The BBN part of the module focuses on methods for learning model structures from empirical data to understand how inference mechanisms behave, how models can be validated and when this type of modelling is useful for decision support.

Performance Measurement & Management

The class focuses at the strategic, organisational level of PMM while providing the essential knowledge and skills at the technical level.

The module starts with presenting the background to performance measurement to provide you with an understanding of the roots of some of the common problems in measuring and managing performance in organisations. This will follow with discussing PMM from five different but highly inter-related perspectives, namely stakeholder, customer, comparative, operations and integrative perspectives.

Risk Analysis & Management

This module will explore the entire process of structuring a risk problem, from modelling it to communicating recommendations, both theoretically and in practice.

Risk management is linked with decision analysis in so far as we explore decision making under uncertainty and it has links with quantitative analysis as we explore the use of statistics in understanding risk. However, the topic has some unique attributes such as risk communication and the role that experts play in risk assessment.

Strategy Modelling & Management

This module builds on a number of earlier taught skills, in particular the problem structuring element covered in Foundations of Operational Research and Business Analysis as this provides a basis to qualitative modelling for managing uncertainty and multiple perspectives along with becoming an effective business analyst. This class aims to specific subjects and operational issues surrounding services will be discussed.

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Medical Statistics

This class will cover the fundamental statistical methods necessary for the application of classical statistical methods to data collected for health care research. There will be an emphasis on the use of real data and the interpretation of statistical analyses in the context of the research hypothesis under investigation. Software packages such as Minitab will be introduced.

*If you choose this class, you can only choose one additional elective class.

Effective Statistical Consulting

This covers all aspects of statistical consultancy skills necessary for being a successful statistician working in any research environment. You'll work on real-life problems in small groups and have the opportunity to interact with health care researchers to formulate hypotheses.

Survey Design & Analysis

Surveys are an important way of collecting data. This class will introduce you to the methods that are commonly used in health care to design questionnaires and analyse data resulting from these questionnaires.

Learning & teaching

Core and elective classes will be taught across two semesters running from September to December and January to March. Classes will be taught through a combination of lectures and hand-on software sessions, alongside online material, with a variety of group and individual study and assignments. The project/dissertation is undertaken during the summer months.

Assessment

Classes are assessed by various methods, including written assignments, exams, practical team projects, presentations and individual projects. Exams will take place at the end of each semester in December and April/May.

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Entry requirements

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Minimum second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent (see our country pages for further information) in management sciences, economics, business, public health, health sciences, mathematics, statistics, and computing science. Applications from those with other degrees are also encouraged. Your degree must include an appropriate level of mathematics and statistics content.

Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum of 6.5 IELTS score, with no individual score lower than 5.5. Get more information about the English language requirements for studying at Strathclyde.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

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Scotland

£11,250

Rest of UK

£11,250

International

£21,300

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Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Careers

As a graduate of the course you'll have gained skills that translate to roles at different levels (e.g., starting as health analysts) in public and private organisations across the health sector, including in hospitals, health systems, healthcare consulting firms, governments, and other local and international health organisations. They're also useful tools for beginning an academic research career in the area.

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Health Analysis, Policy and Management

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time

Health Analysis, Policy and Management

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: part-time

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SBS Postgraduate Admissions

Telephone: +44 (0)141 553 6105 / +44 (0)141 553 6116

Email: sbs.admissions@strath.ac.uk

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