Open modules: MBA in International Health Management

Many topics covered in the MBA-IHM are relevant to students and practitioners from other study programmes or domains. For this reason, we invite non-MBA-IHM participants to apply for select courses, as listed below. For more information about course structure, please refer to our brochure.


To apply for single modules, please complete and return the application form, along with a current CV showing a minimum of two year’s work experience in a relevant field, to You may be asked to provide proof of written and spoken English language skills. Please note that where space is limited, priority will be given to registered MBA-IHM students.


Course fees are CHF 2,850 per module (examination fee incl.)

Discounted fees of CHF 2,450 per module (examination fee incl.) apply to registered MBA-IHM students and to Swiss TPH or TropEd registered PhD and Master students.

Prospective students should also factor in costs related to: travel to and from Basel; accommodation, food and transportation in Basel during on-campus periods; related insurances.

Module 2 - Health Policy and Systems Analysis (Open Module, 6 ECTS)

In this module, students analyse the relationships between global health strategies, national and local health policies and systems development. They critically assess alternatives for health system financing and frameworks, the roles and behaviour of institutions and stakeholders, innovative health service delivery initiatives, and how health systems are influenced by and respond to global changes and wider social determinants. Students examine key elements for measuring and monitoring health system performance, such as governance, information systems and human resources, and learn how they influence health system performance and expected outcomes.

Preparation phase: starts 9 March
On-campus: 16 - 20 April
Final Exam: 11 August

Module 3 - Health Economics and Health Financing (Open Module, 6 ECTS)

Based on the WHO health system performance framework, this module analyses public and private forms of health financing and payment as well as indicators to evaluate a country’s health financing structure and level. Students explore how financing agents generate revenue from various sources; pool risk effectively; create appropriate incentives for quality service provision; and allocate resources to the most effective, efficient, and equitable interventions and services. Efficiently managing these functions while minimising administrative costs is also considered in the context of local, national and global reforms.

Preparation phase: starts 13 July
On-campus:  13 - 17 August
Final Exam:  27 October

Module 4 - Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (Open Module, 6 ECTS)

Here, students review the roots and causes of organisational behaviour as encountered in various institutions. They will develop the intrapersonal and conceptual skills needed to lead multicultural teams in change processes and learn to apply appropriate human resource management tools to recruit, develop and retain talent. Capitalising on an international workforce by empowering co-workers, developing effective teams, designing attractive job habitats and coping with the dynamics of organisational change are other topics that students will explore.

Preparation phase: starts 13 July
On-campus: 20 - 24 August 
Final Exam: 27 October

Module 5 - Supply Chain Management in Health Care (Open Module, 6 ECTS)

Many problems related to healthcare quality and safety are the consequences of poorly managed medicines and medical supplies. This module introduces all elements of the supply chain cycle for medicines and other health commodities, including selection of medicines, procurement, distribution and use. Central to this is the management of the whole supply chain system, which comprises quality assurance, human resources, financing, relevant policies and regulations, and monitoring and evaluation. The module emphasizes the importance of integrating supply chain activities into overall health system management.

Preparation phase: starts 28 September
On-campus: 29 October - 2 November         
Final Exam: TBD (Feb/Mar 2019)

Module 7 - Social Marketing and Communication (Open Module, 6 ECTS)

Health professionals and administrators struggle daily with the need to persuade various segments of the population or key-decision makers to adopt behaviours, actions or policies in support of a particular health initiative. Merely disseminating information is often not enough to convince people to take action. The module introduces students to social and behavioural change principles, as well as social marketing approaches, planning steps and evaluation. Ethical issues, market/audience analysis and contextual considerations, including competition, will be introduced. Some aspects of health and media communications will also be discussed.

Preparation phase: starts 26 January
On-campus: 26 February - 2 March
Final Exam: 2 June

Module 8 - Economic Evaluation in Health Care (Open Module, 6 ECTS)

In this module, students use case studies and decision-analytic modelling approaches to design a health programme: conducting a situation analysis and setting priorities for interventions that are consistent with existing national health policies in resource constrained countries. Building on these strategic plans, students will learn how to appraise possible interventions using economic evaluation tools and techniques to ensure cost-effectiveness, without losing sight of the demands and needs of populations.

Preparation phase: starts 26 January
On-campus: 5 - 9 March
Final Exam: 2 June

Module 9 - Financial Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting (Open Module, 6 ECTS)

In most organisations, financial management skills tend to be concentrated in a small core of financial experts. In many small organizations and in the public sector, employees are given responsibilities in financial management for which they have not been trained. This module addresses the basics of the financial cycle from budgeting, implementing and recording, through to financial reporting. Students will get an in-depth look at the workings of bookkeeping, reporting, internal controlling, financial management of physical assets and stocks, and auditing. They will also learn to extract and use relevant information from the financial management system to make key decisions.

Preparation phase: starts 7 May
On-campus: 11 - 15 June
Final Exam: 15 September

Module 10 - Leadership (Open Module, 6 ECTS)

Leadership ought to set a good example, innovate and inspire, imbue the organisation with the desire to perform at a high level, on the one hand, and to safeguard core values, on the other. In this module, students gain insight into the leadership behaviour of others and of themselves and discuss what it takes to be considered the designer of an organisation or an organisational unit that others want to be part of. The module covers all topics linked to the challenge of combining the economic imperative for a competitive, highly productive work force with trust, empowerment and respect for the individual.

Preparation phase: starts 7 May
On-campus: 4 - 8 June
Final Exam: 15 September