Class Program
€ 3.000
Price (+VAT)
Calendar: Dec 9, 2019 - Dec 12, 2019 (3 Days)

Your opportunity 

As the pace of change in healthcare continues to accelerate, managers must be leaders, adept at navigating the changing marketplace, and legal/regulatory and clinical worlds. The objective of the Hospital Management Simulation is to provide an opportunity to experience the challenges of executive leadership and strategic decision-making of a competitive multi-hospital environment.

The simulation embedded in this executive program is a realistic exercise that effectively simulates the complexity and intensity of the evolving hospital environment.



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Monica Otto
, Program Director
Viviana Mangiaterra, Program Coordinator 

Please write directly to Monica and Viviana to book your place and arrange your time slot.

Program Agenda
9/12 (Afternoon) - 12/12 (Morning)
3 days

3 days face-to-face:
9-12 December 2019 (9 afternoon, 12 morning)

Why a simulation?

Simulations are a well-tested and effective means of instruction that have been employed in management education within business schools and industry since the late 1950s. They range from simple exercises such as in-baskets to comprehensive exercises in functional areas including marketing, finance and operations to complex total organizational models such as the Health System Simulation.



How was this developed?

The Hospital Management Simulation can count on the long lasting experience of the Mailman School of Public Health that in 2009 developed the Health System Simulation, and is now partnering with SDA Bocconi to offer participants this training hands-on  exercise.


Pilots routinely train on flight simulators. In a similar fashion, we have seen how hospital leaders can benefit from our Health System Simulation, which immerses participants in a realistic exercise that matches the complexity and intensity of decision-making in a multi-hospital marketplace.

John S. Winkleman, Health System Simulation Program Director Columbia Mailman School of Public Health



What you'll be working on

Participants collaborate in this comprehensive strategic exercise as the executive leadership team of a hospital. As hospital executives, they must analyze their institution’s overall strategic direction and make all decisions central to its successful operation including mission/ vision, service line mix, capacity, investment in quality (professional/ clinical, systems, etc.), patient/payer mix, marketing, staffing, financial structure, and so on.

Who it is for

The Hospital Management Simulation course is addressed to European and Asian hospital managers and healthcare providers.



What previous participants say

“This simulation training exercise is as close to real life as I’ve ever seen. It replicates the implications and complexities associated with managing a complex hospital environment. In addition to the intricate lessons of decision-making and resource allocation, participants are enveloped into the competitiveness and team interaction aspects of human behavior that are also essential elements of success this ever changing and dynamic system of healthcare delivery”.

 “I feel confident that the Simulation will further strengthen our leadership team’s ability to respond to the challenges of a rapidly evolving healthcare market.”

“The complex decision making was probably the best part of the simulation for me. In the past I have engaged in problem solving by looking at each issue in isolation instead of thinking about factor analysis—analyzing how each decision will impact all the other areas of operation.’’




"We are proud of launching this first edition of the Hospital Management Simulation, which can count on the long lasting experience of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and on the sound competencies of SDA Bocconi faculty on healthcare management."

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Monica Otto



"The Hospital Management Simulation is an opportunity to experience the challenges of executive leadership and strategic decision-making of a competitive and dynamic multi-hospital environment."

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Viviana Mangiaterra

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Tara Brant
Health System Simulation Team - Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

Brant received her MPH degree from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management. Tara was part of the inaugural class to partake in the health simulation program and was hooked. She has been part of the simulation team for the past 10 years, serving as a faculty coach and now serving as the lead on the model, providing detailed interpretations of the model and the ever-changing landscape of the hospital simulation world.


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Heather M. Butts
Health System Simulation Team - Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

Received her B.A. from Princeton University. She was a history major, concentrating in American and African-American Studies. She received her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, her Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University and her Master’s in Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Professor Butts is a Lecturer and Faculty Advisor of Part-Time students in the Health Policy Management Department at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

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Katherine Garrett
Health System Simulation Team - Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

Katherine Garrett is a lecturer in Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. She is associate director of the department’s Health System Simulation, a faculty adviser in its consulting practice initiative, and has taught classes on the relationship of organizational strategy and quality management in the department’s Master of Healthcare Administration programs.

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John S. Winkleman
Health System Simulation Team - Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

John S. Winkleman teaches Healthcare Marketing and is the director of the Consulting Practice as well as the Health System Simulation. He is also a senior judge for the annual Healthcare Management and Delivery Case Challenge and faculty for Practicum Day. He is an adjunct faculty member at Fordham’s Center for Nonprofit Leaders and he taught marketing and fundraising at Columbia Business School’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management.

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The final deadline for enrollment is 19 November 2019. Enrollment requests are reviewed on a rolling basis, those received after the final deadline may not be accepted.


At the end of the inititative, each participant will receive a certificate of attendance.

A 10% reduction on the program fee is offered to applications sent in by 10 October 2019.


Bocconi Alumni are entitled to a range of benefits and services, including special reductions on the Open Programs' participation fee. To take advantage of the discount,  please, enter your Alumnus/a status in the notes when registering for one of the programs. For more details, please contact:
The two offers are not cumulative.

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