MBA Programme in International Hospital Management

Frankfurt / Berlin, 17 June 2003. Nations HealthCareer School of Management (NHCS), founded by Fresenius University Foundation for Healthcare Management, and HfB – Business School for Finance and Management today signed an agreement to establish an academic centre of excellence for international hospital management. From October 2003, HfB – a private university of applied sciences in Frankfurt/Main – will promote and run the English-language MBA in International Hospital Management in cooperation with NHCS. At the same time, NHCS will support the establishment of a new professorial chair and the development of the Institute of International Hospital Management at the HfB.

The MBA Programme in International Hospital Management is tailor-made for executives in full-time employment. It consists of eight attendance modules over an 18-month period, supplemented by e-learning sessions. It aims to attract young economists, doctors and administrators seeking to acquire the management qualifications needed for a career in private health facilities management worldwide.

Professors and tutors with international reputations, including staff from the Centre for Hospital Management (CKM) in Münster headed by Professor von Eiff, teach the cross-cultural study groups. In order to offer insights into a variety of health systems and management practices and encourage a truly international exchange of experience, the nine-day attendance modules take place at various locations worldwide, including the United Arab Emirates, Finland, USA, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Great Britain, and Austria.

By pooling their core skills and competences, the two partners create synergies which enhance the programme. Nations HealthCareer School draws on its healthcare industry expertise and experience as an international training provider, while HfB contributes its wealth of experience in management education. On successful completion of the course, participants are awarded the degree of Master of Business Administration in International Hospital Management (MBA).

Chair and Institute for International Health Management

HfB includes the Institute for International Health Management, established on an equitable basis between Nations HealthCareer School and HfB – Business School of Finance and Management with the aim of optimising the MBA programme and promoting international research and teaching. It will include a Chair of International Health and Hospital Management and a researcher. The Chair will be the first of its kind, with a clear international focus. The appointment to the Chair will be made before the end of the year, the successful candidate is likely to be an English-speaking academic with an international reputation. The new professor will be the MBA’s academic director and play a key role in shaping its future development. The Institute will also be equipped with a new library specialising in international hospital management.

The aim is to develop the Institute into a centre of excellence in the field of entrepreneurial health facilities management worldwide. It will offer a unique transnational approach to research, teaching and practice.

Peter Oberreuter, Managing Director of Nations HealthCareer School, explains: “As a result of deregulation and globalisation in the health sector, a rigorously entrepreneurial approach to health facilities management is key. HfB has built up an excellent academic network of partners worldwide and its track record in management education, established over more than ten years, is unparalleled. We are convinced that with HfB’s expertise and professionalism, combined with the input of the new Chair of International Health Management and our cooperation with the Centre for Hospital Management (CKM), we will create a unique win-win situation for students, research and practice. The appointment to the Chair will be made before the end of the year, and the successful candidate will be an academic with a worldwide reputation – making it the first truly international professorship in the field of hospital management.”