This course has been designed to fulfill the specific needs and requirements of those interested in a management or leadership role within the complex health service sector. The MSc in Healthcare Operational Management is suitable for students from a range of academic backgrounds within engineering, business, and sciences. Whilst no previous healthcare background is required, the course will appeal to clinically qualified students looking to move into health systems modeling, e-health, health or medical informatics.

We will provide you with

The skills and knowledge to assess organizational performance and drive the development and implementation of innovation in healthcare organizations in order to facilitate improvement. You will learn to evaluate effective programme components and systems, and gain a detailed understanding of quality systems management and the integration of healthcare technologies, systems, and processes within complex service systems. Healthcare organizations share commonalities with production facilities, including the need for efficient process flow, change management, and quality standards. As a student, you will explore the principles, approaches, strategies, and techniques for analyzing, designing, and managing complex healthcare systems. You will learn to measure efficiency and improve effectiveness and productivity without compromising quality or safety.

Course Structure

The course is modular - each student takes a combination of core and elective modules. 8 modules are studied and assessed in total. Modules consist of directed tuition in the form of lectures, seminars, group work, presentations, case studies, and e-learning. Modules are assessed by Post Module Assignment. A major individual research project also forms part of the MSc. It is submitted in the form of a dissertation This should take approximately 600 hours of study time. An oral examination is held upon completion.

Core modules

  • Leading Change in Healthcare
  • Quality and Productivity in Health Service Systems
  • Operational Management and Clinical Systems Improvement
  • Introduction to Health informatics
  • Electronic Healthcare Records
  • Epidemiology and Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement
  • Introduction to Health Economics
  • Resource Management in Healthcare Service Delivery
Please note: Our course and module content and schedule is continually reviewed and updated to reflect the latest research expertise at Warwick, so it is therefore very important that you check the website for the latest information before you apply and when you accept an offer.


The project will relate to issues of quality and productivity in the healthcare context and supports you in developing your research and analytical skills. Through your project you can focus on an aspect of particular interest to you – some examples are listed below:

  • Implementing innovation in hospital care
  • Improving service design through the use of informatics
  • Service design for quality improvement
  • Improving service delivery through use of technology
  • Cost-effective service design

After You Graduate

As a graduate of Healthcare Operational Management, you can expect to work in a managerial or organizational leadership role within health service organizations or institutions. With additional experience, you would expect to progress into a key executive role in the healthcare sector, which would involve leading and overseeing programmes and policy.

Program taught in:
  • English
Last updated December 13, 2018
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1 year
13,440 GBP
£13,440 (UK/EU) / £24,640 (International)
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