Lead the way to positive change in the health care of others

MBA stream in

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Deadline for applications

15 November

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Acquire the skills your industry needs

The MBA with stream in Health Care Leadership will help you understand all the functional areas of management. You will eventually develop a firm grasp of the principles of clinical governance as well as current health care reform programmes such as National Health Insurance, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care.

The specialisation modules will prepare you to take on the challenges of finance and funding in health care, taking into account a limited-resource context in South Africa and in Africa.

You will also gain global insight through the MBA stream in Health Care Leadership, as it includes an International Study Module at a business school abroad and a personal leadership development journey tailored for the health care leader you would like to become.

The modules and electives focused on Health Care Leadership are offered during the second year of your enrolment in the Blended Learning format of your MBA.

What will you discover?

The skills to lead positive change

in the health care environment

The principles of clinical governance, health care reform programmes such as National Health

Insurance, the policy landscape, health systems for value-based care, and the challenges of finance and funding in health care

What stands out?

Experience studying at a business school abroad with the International Study Module tailored for this stream

• Embark on the stream’s unique leadership development journey

• Enjoy the convenience and flexibility around Blended Learning classes (on campus and/or online) for the stream-specific modules

• Study while you work with the programmes learn-while-you-earn format

Why should you enrol?

• You are a clinician or a general practitioner who wants to take on managerial and leadership roles in the health care industry, group practices or government

• As a general practitioner, you wish to scale up your contextual understanding of business

• You are a manager or professional in a private- or public-sector health care delivery system or institution, in a pharmaceutical or health technology business, or in a regulatory, oversight or other relevant organisation (SAMA, HPCSA, HASA, SAIHCM)

• You are a senior nurse in a public or private hospital who leads a large team with high-impact responsibilities

• You are a health insurance specialist, medical aid specialist, underwriter or claims processing team leader

HCL Stream Overview

Year 1

Modular or Blended Learning
Core MBA modules

Accounting for Decision-making

Business Communication

Business in Society

Contemporary Decision-making

Economics for Managers

Managerial Accounting

Managerial Statistics

Operational Excellence

Organisational Behaviour

Strategic Analysis

Strategic Marketing and Branding

Year 2

Blended Learning
Core modules

Digital Enterprise Management

Strategic Management

2 stream-specific core modules

Health Care Finance and Governance

Health Care Systems and Policy

International Study Module

You need to do the compulsory MBA International Study Module (ISM) at an international business school to enhance your international exposure. The ISM of MBA HCL students focuses on Health Care Value-Based Systems, and includes visits to international institutions and cultural activities.

Electives (choose 2)

Innovation in Health Care

Health Care Information Management

25+ electives from USB’s generalist MBA


Development Module | Research Assignment

The MBA Full Time



Explore any business sector

A generalist MBA will help you acquire senior management skills that can be applied in any industry, anywhere in the world. The Leadership Development Module spans the entire programme. You will also be able to gain global insight through the International Study Module. Choose from a wide range of International Study Modules at international business schools (included in MBA fees)

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