Postgraduate taught 

Health Services Management MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Managing Health Care Organisations MED5040

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides an introduction to key aspects of management within the context of public health. It considers the nature of organisations, the role of managers within organisations, and the way in which health systems present particular management challenges due to the professional hierarchies, multiple stakeholders and limited control over organisational activities.


This teaching on this course comprises of 11 weekly two hour teaching sessions.


The course is assessed by a 3,000 word essay.

Course Aims

To provide an overview of the role of management in the context of health care services generally, and public health in particular.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Critically analyse the nature and function of management within health care organisations.

Evaluate theories of management, leadership and organisation when they are applied to a health care setting
 with reference to the literature

Compare and appraise the processes through which managers make decisions within organisations.

Critically assess the relative impact of external and internal influences and stakeholders on the management of organisations.

Determine the nature of risk in the managerial decision making process.

Critically analyse the range of human and system failures that cause health care organisations to under-perform under conditions of crisis.

Evaluate the inter-organisational issues that arise in the design and delivery of health care services.

Appraise the dynamics of
managerialism and professionalism within the context of organisational change.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.