the simulation & the pandemic

€ 3,000
Price (+ VAT)
Calendar: Dec 1, 2021 - Dec 4, 2021 (3,5 Days)
Download Brochure

Your opportunity 

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

THE SIMULATION is a realistic exercise that effectively simulates the complexity and intensity of the evolving healthcare environment especially during times of crisis.

The HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT: THE SIMULATION & THE PANDEMIC  is a realistic exercise that effectively simulates the complexity and intensity of the evolving healthcare environment.



In partnership with:



Skype Chat with the Program Director
Please write to Director Sara Berloto to book your place and arrange your time slot.

Program Agenda

4 days online program (28 hours live streaming)

  •  1st December 2021: from 13:00 to 20:00
  • 2nd December 2021: from 13:00 to 20:00
  • 3rd December 2021: from 13:00 to 20:00
  • 4th December 2021: from 13:00 to 20:00
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.

The HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT: THE SIMULATION & THE PANDEMIC course benefits from the long standing experience of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health which developed the Health System Simulation and is now partnering with SDA Bocconi to offer the simulation embedded into the executive education program.



 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.




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.’’



#HotTopics - Competition from a different perspective with John S. Winkleman

"Competition from a different perspective". A chat with John S. Winkleman | Health System Simulation Program Director - Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

#HotTopics - Leading Excellence In HealthCare with Katherine Garrett

We asked Faculty to touch upon #HotTopics in their areas of expertise. Katherine Garrett, Health System Simulation Team - Columbia Mailman School of Public Health.



"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."

Go to CV

Viviana Mangiaterra
Program Director, SDA Professor, Government, Health and Not for Profit



"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."

Go to CV

Monica Otto
Bocconi Professor, Government, Health and Not for Profit

"The Hospital Simulation course is a realistic and necessary exercise for those professionals and health managers who are dealing with an everyday more complex environment and want to be international informed leaders of tomorrow."

Go to CV

Sara Berloto
Government, Health and Not for Profit Division 

Go to BIO

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.


Go to BIO

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.

Go to BIO

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.

Go to BIO

John S. Winkleman
Health System Simulation Program Director - 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.

Learn More
Request information

The final deadline for enrollment is 20th May 2021. Enrollment requests are reviewed on a rolling basis, those received after the final deadline may not be accepted.

A 10% reduction on the program fee is offered to applications sent in by 19th April 2021.


At the end of the programme a participation certificate will be issued to the participants (minimun required frequency: 80% of training hours).


Special Payment Terms 


Bocconi Alumni are entitled to a 30% reduction on the participation fee. To take advantage of the discount, please enter your Alum status when registering by indicating “ALUMNI 30” in the notes. Remember that without this indication, the discount will not be applicable.


Women Are Good For Business


To foster and contribute to women’s professional development, SDA Bocconi School of Management offers them, until 8th March 2021, a 20% reduction on the participation fee for all Executive Programs.

This reduction only applies to Programs beginning in the above mentioned period, and cannot be combined with other promotional offers.




The technical requirements to access the platform are:  MAC, Windows, or Linux PC with internet connection (ADSL, Wi-Fi)


Compatible Browsers:

  • IE10+
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari


Mobile Device with an internet connection (preferably Wi-Fi):

  • IOS7+
  • Android 4.X




All those who have taken part in the School's training programs become members, free of charge and with no expiration date, of the #MINE Community.

Learn more



For further information and orientation

Take action
  • Download Brochure

Related Programs

Healthcare programs
  • Language
  • Italian

SDA Bocconi aims to train professionals with skills, passion, and talent to serve institutions and companies operating in the health and social care systems, in order to meet the current challenges and their future development. 

Related Articles

The importance of the team for managing risk and enhancin...
Required time 6 min
Budgeting in healthcare can (and must) change
Required time 5 min