Masters in Healthcare Management, Full Time Master | SDA Bocconi

Global Health & Development (GH&D)

Through examining structures, policies, strategies, and managerial approaches of both public and private global actors (WHO, World Bank, Bilateral Donors, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Big Pharma, etc.), the GH&D specialization prepares you to become active actor in the achievement of equity in health for people worldwide. It provides you with an overview of the challenges in the changing global scene of health-related policy making and management, and allows you to understand the key issues of the health care systems, policies, and management in developing countries. Additionally, you will obtain training on how to engage in international consulting and program/project management.


An integral part of the GH&D specialization is a study tour to Geneva in order to familiarize yourself with the everyday functions of international organizations such as the WHO, the Red Cross, the Global Fund and the GAVI. Grants will be available for the study tour.


If you choose this specialization, you are likely to pursue a career in international organizations and institutions (e.g. the WHO), international NGOs, global partnerships, etc.

Courses and Seminars

The GH&D specialization includes the following courses and seminars:


  • Global Health Strategies: introduces you to global health-related issues, examines the structure, policies, and strategies of both public and private (profit and non-profit) global actors, and their roles in determining changes in health systems and people’s access to health services, and gives you an overview of the challenges any global health manager has to face.


  • Health Policy and Healthcare Management in Poor Countries: traces the origins and evolution of health policies in developing countries, focuses on health management presenting and critically assessing the different phases of project appraisal, monitoring and evaluation, and proposes concrete examples from real-world projects promoted by international donors.


  • Managing Global Health Challenges (Seminar): presents and analyzes a number of challenging global health issues from a technical and managerial point of view, based mainly on external experts’ and/or faculty members’ direct experience. Topics include: population dynamics, crime and illegal health markets, climate change and environment, migrant health, e-health in developing countries, communication for global health, child health and MDG 4, maternal health and MDG 5, pandemics, health in conflicts, etc.


  • Program Design, Management, and Evaluation (Seminar): introduces you to project cycle management to enable you to:
    - Prepare logical frameworks;
    - Identify and formulate projects through a participatory approach;
    - Define project documents and assess their quality.

The course includes a general introduction to development cooperation and a critical analysis of development cooperation instruments.


  • Evidence-Based Health Policy Evaluation: critically evaluates the impact of different policy frameworks on variables such as individual health and wealth and provides you with the main tools for the ex-post evaluation of policy interventions, discussing the basic concepts of policy evaluation by analyzing case studies from the real world, with a focus on developing countries.