International Health Management and Leadership

University of Sheffield

M.Sc. Online
24 months
5750 GBP/year
5750 GBP/year
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International Health Management and Leadership degree offered at University of Sheffield is designed by health managers who have international experience of working at the international, national, regional and local level of health systems management. 


International Health Management and Leadership degree offered at University of Sheffield  is set up with a pragmatic approach to help you develop new health management skills, but also to help you develop your skills if you already work in this field. One of the aims of this course is to help fill the skills gap some health professionals feel when they begin their career. This MSc will help you keep up to date with the last developments in health research, and it will give you access to cutting-edge information about the most cost-effective way to manage health services. This course will teach you to find the best evidence-based practises in health management.

Because this course is taught by distance learning, you will also be able to make service improvements on the job while studying for this course. Our teaching is based on real-world problems which health managers are currently experiencing, and you will be able to bring your own experiences onto the course to resolve these issues while studying.


Career prospects for healthcare managers are subject to a wide range of forces in high, middle and low income countries. In high income countries, there are shifts in public-private payer mix, and changes in the configuration of public-private partnerships. Middle income countries with expanding economic systems have fast growing private sector initiatives including development of hospital chains, health insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Furthermore, middle and low income health systems are shaped by large donor investments (UK DFID, USAID, PEPFAR, the Global Fund, GAVI, UNICEF, WHO), embodying challenges in terms of delivering on vertical health programmes while simultaneously delivering on national and international health policies. Internationally, there is growing interest in developing national health insurance schemes subsidized by government.

A Health Management degree from the University of Sheffield represents good 'international currency' as it is widely recognised, and has the potential to enable people to progress in health management careers. In countries in the South, awards from prestigious Northern institutions are perceived as superior, and in some international NGOs are sine qua nons.

We believe that this programme can address the gap between international needs for health management skills and the current academic curriculum, which has been shown to be too didactic and focused on theoretical models for managing health systems. Across all health systems, we aim to promote the development of core competencies in health management, including principles for innovation, problem solving, change management, evaluating programme implementation, administering health services and community health programmes, entrepreneurship, principles of partnership and cross-sector working. The programme will emphasise development of flexible and transferable management and leadership skills that can be used to adapt to the changing requirements of a wide range of diverse health systems.


Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Systematic Approaches to Evidence Assessment
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Leading and Managing Health Services
  • Marketing of Health Care Organisations
  • Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Health Needs Assessment, Planning and Evaluation
  • Strategic Management
  • Foundations of Leadership and Teamwork
  • Dissertation (for full masters only)

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • For entry onto a postgraduate taught course, applicants are normally required to hold a good bachelor’s degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5750 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5750 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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International Health Management and Leadership
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