MBA International Health Management (MBA-IHM)
Master of Business Administration

Global health initiatives influence health systems worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries. New knowledge and skills are required to work in meaningful and productive partnerships and to take leading positions within health systems. Leaders and managers have to share and compare across systems and cultures to achieve equitable health systems.

The MBA in International Health Management, offered by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), an associated institute of the University of Basel and a member of the Swiss School of Public Health+ (SSPH+), provides a unique opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills outlined above. The content of the modular programme goes beyond classical MBA programmes in health care, as it maintains a global perspective and interdisciplinary approach throughout, with a strong focus on meso- and macro-level leadership positions.

The long-standing experience and expertise of Swiss TPH in international collaboration in research, teaching and services guarantees high-quality learning experiences, that are always based on empirical and practical evidence. In particular, the experience of Swiss TPH as a Local Fund Agent for the Global Fund and the numerous advisory and supervisory mandates for GAVI, DNDi, the World Health Organization and other global initiatives is relevant for the MBA programme.

The programme is modular and consists of 10 modules of 6 ECTS Credit Points (CP) each, one module with 10 ECTS CP and a master thesis 20 ECTS CP worth. To obtain the MBA degree 90 ECTS CP have to be accumulated over a period of maximum 5 years. Students who accumulate at least 48 ECTS CP will get a DAS in International Health Management, with the accumulation of 24 ECTS CP a CAS can be obtained.
Each module has three components: a four-week distance-based preparation phase, a one week on-campus tuition phase and a phase of eight weeks after the on-campus tuition in which assignments have to be elaborated and to prepare for the written exams. The total workload for a 6 ECTS CP module will be 180 hours Student Investment Time (SIT).

11 modules and a master thesis / 2 - 3 years part-time (up to a maximum of 5 years)

Language requirements are: TOEFL Paper 550, TOEFL Computer 213, TOEFL internet 79-80, IELTS 6.0 or native speaker or completed higher education in English (with written proof).

Swiss TPH’s MBA in International Health Management caters to all those involved in development cooperation, managing programmes and projects to support countries with resources constraints, or who aspire to such a position. It targets professionals who need strong business management expertise and a sound education in public health. It is of special interest for leaders and managers of Global Health Initiatives.

  • Prof. Dr. Nino Künzli
  • Dr. Axel Hoffmann

The faculty of this MBA programme is comprised of international experts in public health, health economics, business administration and management. Besides their academic expertise, they also have long-standing experiences in the field. Teachers and facilitators are also evaluated by the students, as part of our quality management procedures.

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Barbara Bürkin, Course Coordinator
Course Secretariat
Socinstrasse 57
P.O. Box
CH-4002 Basel

phone: +41 61 284 82 80
fax: +41 61 284 81 06

Costs for the full programme are in total CHF 31,500. Fees are paid as the student goes – which means that each module will be paid separately in advance (CHF 2,450 for a 6 ECTS module, CHF 3,000 for the 10 ECTS module and CHF 4,000 for the master thesis).

11 modules and a master thesis / 2 - 3 years part-time (up to a maximum of 5 years)
Students can enrol two times a year: March and June. Late enrolment possible on request.

Swiss Tropical and Public Health-Institute

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