Structure and Calendar

20th edition 2018-2019

The program consists of three terms when students take Core Courses and Specialization Courses, and ends with a fourth term, during which students participate in an internship within a healthcare organization, public institution or private company in Italy or abroad.

WELCOME WEEK
September 2018

Know Your School, Your Class, Your Future
A series of interactive workshops on team building, cultural diversity, group dynamics and public speaking.

 
CORE COURSES
October 2018 / March 2019

TERM 1

  • Foundations of Management in Healthcare Organizations
  • Health Care Systems & Policy
  • Health Economics
  • Epidemiology
  • Quantitative Methods for Healthcare Organizations

TERM 2

  • Financial Accounting
  • Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programs
  • Issues in Public Health (seminars)
 
SPECIALIZATIONS
April / June 2019

TERM 3
Students are expected to choose 1 among 3 Specializations.
In addition, students have to choose elective courses from the other MIHMEP Specializations. The 3 Specializations are:

Global Health & Development
Health Care Management
Pharmaceutical & Medical Technology
 
INTERNSHIPS
From June 2019

TERM 4
Internships are performed in pharmaceutical/medical device companies, national and regional health authorities, hospitals, health insurance organizations, NGOs, supranational organizations, research centers and consulting companies - all representing potential employment destinations opportunities.

 

Welcome Week

Welcome Week: Know Your School, Your Class, Your Future

The MIHMEP Program starts with the Welcome Week, an introduction to the MIHMEP program which provides students with practice in public speaking, the case study method,  team building, cultural diversity, group dynamics and professional writing through a series of interactive workshops.
In addition student are given the opportunity to get acquainted with the services provided by the School (i.e. Career Service, Student Clubs, etc).

Core Courses

Core Courses - First Term

During the first term, students are required to take the following five courses:

  • Foundations of Management in Healthcare Organizations
  • Health Care Systems & Policy
  • Health Economics
  • Epidemiology
  • Quantitative Methods in Healthcare Organizations

Evaluation

Students' performance in each course will be evaluated on the basis of final exam, group work and class participation.

Foundations of Management in Healthcare Organizations

  • presents fundamental issues in organizational behavior and management in a healthcare environment
  • specific focus is given to skills and competences for leadership, strategy making, human resource management, performance management
  • involves students in class discussions, role playing, managerial games and case studies and can expect, through these and other active learning methods, to obtain awareness, sensitivity and basic tools for managing various dimensions of organizational behavior in the workplace

Health Care Systems & Policy

  • introduces major issues and analytical methods within health care systems and their policies in an international perspective
  • explains the structure and the dynamics of health care systems and analyzes major health policy issues
  • main areas covered in the course are:
    1. an introduction to key concepts in health policy;
    2. health policy analysis;
    3. major elements of healthcare systems;
    4. comparative healthcare systems.

Health Economics

  • aims to introduce students to the use of economics in all aspects of health and healthcare. All economic tools (demand theory, supply theory, partial and general equilibrium, macroeconomic analysis) will be applied to the healthcare sector
  • students are expected to be able to answer these questions: 
    • Why is the healthcare market regulated?
    • How can the relationship between patients and medical doctors be formalized?
    • What does equity mean?
    • Why are some healthcare systems experiencing a shortage of healthcare manpower?
    • How can efficiency and effectiveness of hospitals be measured?
    • How does the healthcare insurance market work?
    • What are the expected consequences of different ways of financing healthcare?

Epidemiology

  • provides the foundation and methods of modern epidemiology
  • explains the principles of disease causation and logic of the design and interpretation of epidemiological studies
  • included topics: natural history of disease, epidemiological measures, types of epidemiological studies, screening campaigns, study design and use of questionnaires, meta-analysis and survival curves

Quantitative Methods in Healthcare Organizations

  • provides students with mathematical and statistical techniques as well as models of data analysis to assess values and assumptions, and support managerial decisions in the healthcare sector
  • explains how quantitative methods are applied, with specific focus on healthcare policy and management decisions

Core Courses - Second Term

The second term starts after winter break and students are required to attend three compulsory courses:

  • Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programs
  • Issues in Public Health (seminars)
  • Financial Accounting

Evaluation

Student performance in each course will be evaluated on the basis of a final exam, group work and class participation.

Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programs

  • aims to study the different tools of economic evaluation of healthcare programs; the final aim is to support decision makers in the efficient allocation of scarce resources
  • the main areas covered by the course are:
    • Partial and complete economic evaluation analysis
    • Outcomes measurement and utility assessment
    • The willingness-to-pay approach
    • Decision analysis
  • students are expected to critically read and assess economic analysis to design comparative economic studies aimed at testing the feasibility of alternative healthcare projects.

Issues in Public Health (seminars)

  • seminars aims to provide students with an overview on the relationship between a selected group of major risk factors and individual and community health, as well as an appreciation on how risk factors interfere with the social, cultural and economical development of a country
  • students will investigate those interventions aimed to reduce the influence of such factors

Financial Accounting

  • presents the fundamentals of financial accounting, with particular emphasis on private and public healthcare institutions
  • students are expected to learn the nature and purpose of financial accounting, its basic principles (among others, entity, double entry, money-measurement, going-concern), the contents of a balance sheet (assets, liabilities and equity) and operating statements (revenues, expenses and income)

Specializations

Specializations - Third Term

Students participate in the Specialization Day (November), where they listen to presentations from 3 Specialization Coordinators to make the right choice regarding their specialization courses in the third term.

During MIHMEP students are required to choose one of three Specializations. There will be a total of 120 hours spent on Specialization courses and seminars to be taken by every MIHMEP student in the third term (although some courses may be offered in the second term). The three specializations benefit from a specific advisor identified among the MIHMEP faculty. The advisors facilitate the work of the MIHMEP Director in coordinating the specialization tracks and act as mentor for the students:

Choosing a Specialization is mandatory.

In addition to the chosen Specialization, to receive the Master MIHMEP students must choose elective courses from other MIHMEP Specializations. The choice of these additional courses can be based on the individual's interests and future career goals.

After completing MIHMEP, students will be awarded the Master MIHMEP as well as a certificate indicating the completed Specialization. This could be used on the market to reinforce the student profile for a position, should one need to use it as a proof of an additional/specific qualification. However, the Master MIHMEP itself will not prevent a student from applying for a position and receiving a job not related to their chosen Specialization.

Specialization Day

A day devoted to presentations by the 3 Specialization Coordinators, to help students make the right choice regarding their specialization courses in the second and third terms.

"During the “Specialization Day”, which was held in November, coordinators of each specialization presented to the class the content and possible work perspectives related to the single tracks. During this session, they also had one-to-one meetings with students in order to help them choose the most suitable specialization."

Alessandro Camera | MIHMEP 2012

Internships

Internships - Fourth Term
 

Internship Day

In the first term, students participate in the MIHMEP Internship Day, a program in which we invite a good number of potential hosting institutions ranging from international organizations, to pharmaceutical and medical device companies, NGOs, hospitals, to consulting companies. The purpose of this day is to allow our internship host organizations to showcase their businesses and internship opportunities to MIHMEP students and to give our students the opportunity to present themselves to the host organizations. 

Projects

During the fourth term, students participate in an internship in a healthcare organization or company in Italy or abroad. The projects are carried out over a period of twelve weeks and require full-time commitment. During the internship, two tutors supervise students: one from the host organization and the other from the MIHMEP Faculty. Near the end of the first term, an Internship Day is organized in order for MIHMEP students to meet field project providers who present internship options.

Providers

Internships may be performed in pharmaceutical/medical device companies, national and regional health authorities, hospitals, health insurance organizations, NGOs, supranational organizations, research centers and consulting companies. All represent potential employment opportunities for MIHMEP students. At the end of the program, students will receive advice on job placement and options available in Italy and abroad.

To see the list of past and present Internship Providers for MIHMEP click here.

Evaluation

At the end of the project, students prepare a report describing and discussing the results of their projects.