Transforming the Way Health Care is Managed
The International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL) began in 2006 as part of the quest to become a world leader in healthcare management education. The IMHL is a collaborative effort of McGill's Faculties of Medicine and Management that builds upon the two Faculties' worldwide reputation and acts as an agent of change in health care.
Why the IMHL
The program's unique approach enables people in the health professions to maintain their position in their organization during the entire program, returning to work between modules. Our unique pedagogy rests on the application to practice, in real time, of concepts, theories, and frameworks delivered in the classroom. In addition, all of our content and programming are focused on management and leadership of healthcare organizations. The IMHL believes that the greatest hope for the improvement of health lies in a deep understanding of how the entire health field works, coupled with a sophisticated appreciation of its management.
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Benefits for Participants
The IMHL pedagogy allows that the learning be applied in real time, between classroom modules, so that managerial practices can be developed and improved during the course of the program. The IMHL is designed to act as a catalyst for change in participants' organizations and communities. The program encourages participants to share their experiences, delving into each other's issues to provide innovative solutions to the challenges they face in their respective work environments. Our participants report increased confidence in undertaking challenges they previously found daunting. Our innovative educational activities give our experienced participants the opportunity to be the initiators of change within their organization and their community. The written work during the course of the program can be presented at conferences.
Benefits for the Health Sector
A key principle of the program is "use work, don't make work". Participants bring their actual work challenges to the program, rather than using more traditional organizational case studies. Throughout the program, we encourage the application to the practice of the concepts, theories, and frameworks used in the classroom. In many organizations, our participants form teams so that the learning can be shared in the context of embracing challenges. The IMHL is an ongoing forum that addresses and advances issues of healthcare worldwide.