MBA Health Care Leadership​

Deadline for Modular Group 2 applications

07 January 2019

  • Modular Group 1
  • Modular Group 2
  • Blended
Course Overview
Course starts February 2020
Application closes November 2019

The MBA stream in Health Care Leadership provides professionals in the healthcare industry the skills they need to manage and lead while also taking into account clinical governance and health care reform programmes, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care. It also tackles the challenges of finance and funding in health care that exist in the African and South African context.

Application closes

South African students: 30 November 2019
ARPL applicants: 31 October 2019
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October 2019
Students from rest of world: 31 October 2019

Year 1
5 blocks
Block 1
03 – 08 February
Block 2
23 – 28 March
Block 3
01 – 06 June
Block 4
03 – 08 August
Block 5
12 – 17 October
Course Overview
Course starts February 2020
Application closes December 2019

The MBA stream in Health Care Leadership provides professionals in the healthcare industry the skills they need to manage and lead while also taking into account clinical governance and health care reform programmes, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care. It also tackles the challenges of finance and funding in health care that exist in the African and South African context.

Application closes

South African students: 30 November 2019
ARPL applicants: 31 October 2019
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October 2019
Students from rest of world: 31 October 2019

Year 1
5 blocks
Block 1
10 – 15 February
Block 2
30 March – 04 April
Block 3
8 – 13 June
Block 4
17 – 22 August
Block 5
19 – 24 October
Course Overview
Course starts January 2020
Application closes November 2019

The MBA stream in Health Care Leadership provides professionals in the healthcare industry the skills they need to manage and lead while also taking into account clinical governance and health care reform programmes, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care. It also tackles the challenges of finance and funding in health care that exist in the African and South African context.

Application closes

South African students: 30 November 2019
ARPL applicants: 31 October 2019
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October 2019
Students from rest of world: 31 October 2019

Year 1
1 block
Block 1
20 January – 01 February (on campus)
Thereafter
Wednesday evenings 12 February – 09 December (online or on campus)
STREAM COORDINATOR
Prof Manie de Klerk

Prof Manie de Klerk is stream coordinator of the MBA in Health Care Leadership at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. He has worked in various health care sectors in South Africa, both as worker bee and as leader, senior manager and executive manager of, among others, a district health authority and two hospitals. He has also worked in the broader health insurance industry. He has influenced health care legislation, facilities planning, patient care plans, healthcare benefits and quality in the health insurance industry. His interests range from clinical care and leadership to the planning and management of budgets, data, genetics and health futures. He is a qualified Family Physician and holds an M Fam Med and DCH. He is also an MBA graduate of USB.

  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
  • Fees

Overview

The MBA stream in Health Care Leadership provides professionals in the healthcare industry the skills they need to manage and lead while also taking into account clinical governance and health care reform programmes, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care. It also tackles the challenges of finance and funding in health care that exist in the African and South African context.

 

Core Modules

Year One Core Modules

  • Accounting for Decision-making
  • Business Communication/li>
  • Business in Society
  • Contemporary Decision-Making
  • Digital Enterprise Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Operational Excellence
  • Strategic Marketing and Branding

Year 2 Core Modules

  • Health Care Finance and Governance
  • Health Care Systems and Policy
  • International Study Module
  • Strategic Management

Electives

Electives are only applicable in year 2. You can choose 2 from the following list of electives:

  • Innovation in Health Care
  • Health Care Information Management
  • 25+ electives from USB’s generalist MBA

Research assignment

A research assignment of between 50 and 70 pages and is based on a management-related problem in your work environment or specialisation is required. The purpose of the research assignment is to demonstrate how you can address business challenges through research.

USB’s MBA aims to develop managers, professionals and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society. Our MBA is rigorous, as can be expected from a programme with three international accreditations. It balances solid quantitative modules with personal development and leadership skills. Management tools and techniques from disciplines such as strategic management, economics, operations, finance and marketing are important core competencies of the MBA graduate. This is balanced by competencies such as responsible leadership, communication and understanding the role of business in society in order to develop the skills of adaptability, flexibility, self-awareness and contextual awareness – all of which are in high demand in the business environment. One of the key differentiators of USB’s MBA is the Leadership Module which focuses on responsible leadership and allows you to develop your own authentic leadership style. The International Study Module at a foreign business school offers you a global perspective that supports the other elements of the MBA. Collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – is a key feature of the USB MBA. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

To apply for the MBA Health Care Leadership programme you must meet the following requirements:

The South African Council on Higher Education has raised the entry requirements of the MBA programme in South Africa. Students applying for the MBA are now required to have one of the following qualifications on NQF level 8:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8) and at least 3 years of relevant full-time working experience
  • OR Honours degree (NQF level 8), plus 3 years of relevant full-time working experience
  • OR 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8) and at least 3 years of relevant working experience

The working experience should preferably be on managerial level. Also note that USB’s one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (NQF level 8 with 120 credits) is aimed at preparing students for the MBA.

Other requirements:

  • Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent
  • A comprehensive CV
  • 3 essays, showing the candidate’s level of motivation and working experience (see below)
  • Satisfactory selection test results for either the SHL or GMAT selection tests

Please note:

  • The 2019 programme tuition fees will be updated in September.
  • The programme fees for the Modular and Blended Learning MBA’s second year of enrolment are higher than for the first year of enrolment because the second year’s fees include the International Study Module at a foreign business school.
  • The amounts marked with an asterisk include the International Study Module fee of US$5000.

Programme tuition fees for 2019

Students from South Africa 2019 2020 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Full-time R319 970* R319 970 Request Quote
MBA Modular (all groups) R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
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MBA Blended Learning R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
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Students from
Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Full-time R324 035* R324 035
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MBA Modular (all groups) R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
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MBA Blended Learning R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
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Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Full-time R328 560* R328 560
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MBA Modular (all groups) R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
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MBA Blended Learning R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
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Students from the rest of world
MBA Full-time R352 420* R352 420
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MBA Modular (all groups) R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
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MBA Blended Learning R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
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Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (full-time) for 2019
Students from South Africa R19 240
Students from SADC countries R162 018
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R164 280
International students from the rest of the world R176 210
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (modular) for 2019
Students from South Africa R19 240
Students from SADC countries R63 351
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R65 614
International students from the rest of the world R77 544
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (blended learning) for 2019
Students from South Africa R19 240
Students from SADC countries R63 351
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R65 614
International students from the rest of the world R77 544
Application fee and SHL tests for 2019
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all MBA students) R1 900
SHL selection test fee R2 900
GMAT selection test fee $250

Find the perfect course for you

If you work in the field of healthcare and want to become an individual who can drive positive change within this industry, this stream will equip you with the management skills you need to achieve your goals.

The MBA stream in Health Care Leadership covers all the functional areas of management while giving you a contextual understanding of the principles of clinical governance and current health care reform programmes such as National Health Insurance, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care.

Testimonials from our alumni

Sadia Murray, 2018 MBA stream in Health Care Leadership,

‘An MBA offers a completely different skill set for me. I wanted to stretch myself and attain skills that could benefit me in my future endeavours. Also, working in the public health care system, there is so much that I feel that I want to do and I hope that the MBA will give me the skills that I need to affect positive change in the public health sector.’

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FAQ’s

Yes. Health is a dynamic area where scientific knowledge, skills and technologies, behavioural, social and financial paradigms, people in need and resources closely interact. Superimposed on this is rapid change in terms of knowledge, technology, delivery mechanisms and systems, user knowledge, health interfaces and aggressive competition for funding. This dynamic field needs special people to lead and to be practical in the application of their strategic, innovative, financial and management skills.

In your first year of your MBA studies you follow the same 13 core MBA modules of the generalist MBA. Then in your second year you do two stream-specific modules: Health Care Finance and Governance and Health Care Systems and Policy.

Students are assessed on a continuous basis. Each module has a minimum number of assessments based on the number of credits for that module. The final performance mark therefore includes, among others, online assessments, class tests, group work, individual and group assignments, class participation and presentations. Tests for Modular MBA students are scheduled in between blocks. Tests for Full-time MBA students are scheduled into the formal programme. Tests for Blended Learning MBA students are scheduled.

Firstly, relevant work experience is a requirement of USB’s international EQUIS accreditation. Secondly, collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – forms an important part of USB’s MBA. The expertise, depth and value that each participant brings to the class depend largely on authentic work experience.

Tests focus primarily on the application of knowledge and insight to business problems. Hence, most tests are open book and require the analysis of problems or cases. In the assessment of pre-reading, closed-book tests may be used. In web-based assessments of pre-reading multiple-choice questions are frequently used, but this may not exceed 20% of the grade of a subject. Many lecturers make past test papers available as a learning resource.

Yes, but on a volunteer basis only. USB alumni offer to mentor students during their studies and to provide career or industry advice. This service is offered in association with USB’s Alumni Relations Office and Career Services Office.

Academic assistance is offered via a web-based learning environment, various software and database resources, syndicate groups (dedicated study groups), informal learning groups and tutorials for certain modules.

Modular MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and thereafter at the end of every modular block for the following block. Blended Learning MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and at regular intervals thereafter.

Yes. For South African students, 75% of the annual fees are payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. (Foreign students, however, need to pay the full programme fee prior to or upon registration.)

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for foreign applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries.

Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for foreign students.

ARPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Yes, there is a comfortable lodge on the campus (Bellvista Lodge – www.usb.ac.za/bellvista), which is ideal for short-term accommodation. However, this will probably be too expensive for longer stays. Once you have been admitted on the MBA and your deposit has been paid, your course administrator will give you guidance on finding other accommodation options, such as a room or flat.