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What is IMU’s postgraduate studies in Healthcare Management about? In this digital and technology-laden era, the healthcare industry is evolving at such an astonishing pace that professionals who aspire to higher management can ill afford to stand still. Healthcare managers are required to address not only the expectations of patients’ but also of their families and communities.

Business Administration in Healthcare Management

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE / POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA / MASTER

They face a host of challenges including tackling issues around cost and cost containment, new treatment modalities and technologies, increasing popularity of digital applications, changing disease patterns, and an aging population, health maintenance and health improvements. IMU aims to equip students with the essential management acumen necessary for assuming leadership positions in the healthcare industry. The programme is specialised for private and public health and health-related organisations such as hospitals, clinics and health authorities; non-governmental organisations; insurance and managed-care organisations; pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical equipment and related health industries. Working adults can enjoy the flexibility of IMU’s triple offerings of Business Administration-Healthcare Management Programmes from Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma to Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management. This allows graduates to possess the academic knowledge and competencies required to progress at different phases of their career pathways. The programmes offer full-time, accelerated, modular and blended learning. Students can graduate in 15 months of study but part-time options are also available to those requiring more time. The blended learning approach offers online study options that are more flexible for working professionals. Students undergo a robust curriculum that involves lectures, tutorials, case studies, written assignments, group project, presentations and discussion boards; to ensure a rounded understanding of the issues in order to formulate intervention, value creation strategies in class simulation or actual industry-based intervention.

Key Facts

DEGREE

  • Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / Master in Business Administration in Healthcare Management

Commencement

  • March & September
    - Postgraduate Diploma / Master
  • March
    - Postgraduate Certificate

total duration

Full-time:

  • Postgraduate Certificate – 6 months
  • Postgraduate Diploma – 10 months
  • Master – 15 months

Tuition Fees

  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary (T & C apply).
  • MBA: A bursary of RM8,000 is available for international students joining the 2021 intake.

Why Study Business Administration in Healthcare Management at IMU?

An Established Private Healthcare University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 29 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education.

IMU achieved the SETARA-2018/2019 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.

Highly Experienced Faculty

Those studying this programme will benefit from the collective experience of a diverse cohort as well as learning from highly experienced faculty and leaders in the industry, combining academic excellence with industry expertise.

Develop a lifelong peer network

New perspectives and insights can be gained by working closely with peers from a diverse range of industries and form relationships with these leaders.

These relationships will develop into a lifelong peer network

Strategic Thinking

Our programme places a strong emphasis on strategy, with a view towards empowering graduates to help shape and lead the future of business locally and internationally.

The programme will also help you develop the analytical and interpersonal skills necessary for successful management.

A solid understanding of how various business disciplines contribute to organisational performance is gained together with an understanding of the role of the manager as a key decision maker and change agent.

Entrepreneurial Skills

Our programme will prepare its graduates for a future in entrepreneurship.

An enterprising and creative mind-set can help them achieve business success, and adds value through new business activity and innovations.

Programme Structure

The MBA-HCM is a 45 credits programme and will offer 13 Modules, the PGDBA-HCM is a 30 credits programme and will offer 10 modules and the PGCBA-HCM offers 6 Modules.

Category Module
Postgraduate Certificate Human Resource Management
Strategic Management
Economics & Health Financing
Entrepreneurial Marketing
Financial Management and Accounting
Health Systems Operations
Postgraduate Diploma Operations Management
Organisational Leadership
Business Research Methods for Managers
Clinical Governance, Safety & Quality in Healthcare
Master Ethics, Business and Health Laws
One Elective (Health Informatics and Business Analytics, Methods in Epidemiology, Negotiation for Leaders)
Management Project

ASSESSMENT

The Management Project

This is a mandatory module for the MBA-HCM students to complete at the end of their third semester. These projects are ideal opportunities and act as a vehicle for integrating knowledge and skills learned throughout the Business Administration in Healthcare Management Programme. They may vary from introduction of new services, facilities or innovation to evaluating existing services with the intention of adding values to business, managerial or clinical outcomes. Students are expected to apply the appropriate business and management concepts, theories and tools to sharpen their ability to carry-out constructive criticism as well as to produce reports comprehensibly and well articulate in addressing the researched area.

Entry Requirement

A. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS B. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
For entry into Postgraduate Certificate programme:

  • Applicants must have a Bachelor Degree with a minimum cGPA of 2.50, as accepted by the University’s Senate; or
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the field or related fields or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and not meeting a CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment.

 

For entry into Postgraduate Diploma programme:

  • Applicants must have a Bachelor Degree with a minimum cGPA of 2.50, as accepted by the University’s Senate; or
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the field or related fields or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and not meeting a CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment.

For entry into Master programme:

  • Applicants must have a Bachelor Degree with a minimum cGPA of 2.50, as accepted by the University’s Senate; or
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the field or related fields or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and not meeting a CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment.
For Malaysian Students

Not applicable

For International Students

  • IELTS : Band score 5.0; or
  • TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 42; or
  • Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 154; or
  • Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 154; or
  • Cambridge Linguaskill : Overall score of 160; or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 47;

 

The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:

  • International students from countries in which English is the first language.
  • International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.
Note

Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information

Application and Registration Fees

Fee Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fee 150 450
Registration Fee 1,100 3,400
Refundable Caution Deposit 2,000 2,000
Student Association Fee per Semester 40 40
Tuition Fee (RM)
Postgraduate Certificate 18,000 22,500
Postgraduate Diploma 27,000 33,700
Master 40,500 50,625
  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary.
  • Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
  • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit are payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Office.
  • *Terms and conditions apply

Views from Our Community

Chung Shin Fung

Student, MBA in Healthcare Management

It is a good learning experience for me to associate the industrial experience with theory in this programme. The basic modules of Postgraduate Certificate has prepared me to continue with the Master programme to gain more depth in healthcare governance and systematic research, preparing me to be a better management personnel in my organisation. Self-guided learning in this programme is a good approach for the working adult's busy schedule while continuing their studies.

Nabilah Binti Osman

Student, MBA in Healthcare Management

MBAHM has changed my perspective towards healthcare management in a positive way. I’ve learned a lot of new knowledge delivered by experienced lecturers and guest lecturers from the industry. We even had a field trip to a hospital to understand more about the management of hospital. Although there are many tasks to be completed in a short time frame, it was easier with the assistance of colleagues who are always helpful. It was stressful yet fun experience!

Nandinii Kumarasamy

Student, MBA in Healthcare Management

The healthcare industry is undergoing a pivotal change, and the most successful healthcare organisations will be the ones that have leaders who focus on the future, capture upcoming trends, and integrate them throughout the organisation fast. While healthcare practitioners and administrators work in tandem towards capturing these changes, both do not speak the same language, figuratively. There is a gap. As the population grows, more health professionals are needed, and those people will need leaders who speak both languages. That is to say, as a medical doctor with a MBA in Healthcare Management, I will be able to fill this niche. By training in both healthcare and business, I will be a meaningful addition to any healthcare organisation due to the range of skills I will acquire, from shaping resilient policies of clinical governance, to applying systems thinking to improve public health issues. IMU was the obvious choice for me to pursue this MBA in HM because they are market leaders, offered networking opportunities with industry experts, and frankly as an alumni who has experienced the quality of the MBBS programme, I felt they were the most reliable and trustworthy to take on this course with.

Dr Jonathan Chua Zhi Ern

Student, MBA in Healthcare Management

My name is Dr Jonathan Chua Zhi Ern and I am an alumnus from the IMU-PMS programme, batch ME210, and I graduated with an MBBS from UNSW in 2017. I am currently a medical officer working at Hospital Sungai Buloh in the Quality Management Department but seconded to the Bed Management Unit in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. I decided to pursue the MBA in Healthcare Management (MBAHM) in my alma mater last year. As part of the hospital administration, I aspire to learn how I could improve, progress and pursue success in my field of work from the very best. As a medical officer working in the main COVID-19 centre in the Klang Valley, I aim to implement the leadership and management skills that I have learned in the MBAHM for my institution to manage and deal effectively with this pandemic. As a contract medical officer, I am intimately privy to the woes and the stressors that my fellow contract medical officers and contract house officers face due to an uncertain future, lack of career security and lack of career development. A goal near and dear to my heart is to help my fellow colleagues in this healthcare management conundrum find avenues where they may best serve Malaysians to the best of their capabilities. Being halfway through the program already, I believe even more strongly now than when I first started out, that the MBAHM in IMU will help me achieve my goals, expand my horizons, and further develop my career in healthcare management and administration.

Ling Ho Wah

Student, MBA in Healthcare Management

The MBAHM had extend my horizon in the entrepreneurship and management view and philosophy. Their study culture with the medical student is very challenging and exciting providing a very interesting platform for students to blend our business experience and knowledge with the high complexity of healthcare industry. With the contribution and commitment of guest lecturers, we have eventually infuse our working organisation with new management ideas.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General

What are the opportunities for me after I graduate?

There has been promising future for those with MBA in Healthcare Management (MBAHM). There is still a vacuum of managers and leaders in healthcare that requires these competencies that can be provided by this course.

Is the programme accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)?

The programme is accredited by the MQA and the Malaysian Ministry of Education.

What is the programme structure?

This mixed mode Programme has course work and management project in the programme structure.

Full Time

The duration for full-time mode is 1 year 3 months. All classes are conducted during the weekends. The course covers 13 modules, and all are mandatory. It also includes a management project that must be completed within the period. Students in full-time mode would register 2 modules per block and 6 modules per semester (3 blocks). These modules are delivered in pairs in each block. There are 7 blocks altogether with the last block, just a module ie the Management Project. 3 blocks make a semester (which is 6 months).

Part Time

The duration for part-time mode is 2 years 3 months. All classes are conducted during the weekends. The course covers 13 modules, and all are mandatory. It also includes a management project that must be completed within the period. These modules are delivered in pairs in each block. Students in part-time mode can only choose 1 module per block or a mixture of any three 3 modules per semester (3 blocks). The 2 years 3 months will involve 13 blocks altogether with the last block, just a module ie the Management Project. 3 blocks make a semester (which is 6 months).

What is the mode of Teaching and Learning delivery mode?

IMU has come out with an innovative idea of a blended learning mode for MBAHM. Most of the Teaching and Learning activities are student-centred and self-directed. All the Teaching and Learning of MBAHM programme are delivered via hybrid mode (Face-to-Face and Real time online Teaching and Learning activities).

How do I access programme information such as course materials, timetable etc.?

All IMU students access information about their programme of study via the IMU e-learning portal, that contains course materials, timetable, module guide, etc. You will get access to the e-learning portal once you have registered for the programme/module.

What is the programme duration? How long will it take to complete the programme?

A full-time student may complete the course in 1 year 3 months.

A part-time student may complete the course in 2 years 3 months.

How many modules can I take per semester?

A full-time student can take up to a maximum of 6 modules per semester and a part-time student can take maximum of 3 modules per semester.

What constitutes an assessment component?

All the modules will be assessed using combination of assignments, case studies, critical reviews, presentations, final exam, and projects

When and how are the classes conducted?

Pre-MCO: Physical classes and online classes are conducted simultaneously (Hybrid)

During MCO: Only Online classes are conducted

Classes are conducted on Saturdays and Sundays. Each weekend eg Saturday carry a different module from beginning to the end of block, versus the Sunday another module.

It will run on every weekend unless it falls on a Public Holiday then there will be replacements classes either extending hours or any other suitable dates.

Is attendance compulsory for all classes?

Attendance of 75% is compulsory. Failing which may result with issues of non—compliance (affecting: continuing class, or sitting for exam, or collecting results).

Attendance can be physical presence (pre-mco) or virtual presence through Zooming-in/ Microsoft Teams

Attendance will be taken by the lecturers during each class session

Can I extend the study duration?

Any extension of time may normally be granted on non-academic grounds, and only at the sole discretion of the Senate of IMU.

May I change my candidature from full-time to part-time and vice-versa?

Yes, you may change from full-time to part-time and vice-versa only once throughout the study period, ideally within the first month of Semester 1.

I am an international student. May I undertake the programme part-time?

No. Current Malaysian immigration regulations specify that international students must undertake full-time study to be granted a visa.

Is there any break between block and semesters?

There is a 2-week break between each block and semester.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND ADMISSION

What are the admission requirements?

A Bachelor’s Degree in the field or related fields with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 or equivalent, accepted by the University’s Senate; or 2. A Bachelor's Degree in the field or related fields or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and not meeting a CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment.

Is English Language requirement is needed for this programme?

a) Not applicable for local students.

b) For International Students

  • IELTS : Band score 5.0; or
  • TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 42; or
  • Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 154; or
  • Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 154; or
  • Cambridge Linguaskill : Overall score of 160; or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 47

c) The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements

  • International students from countries in which English is the first language.
  • International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.

When is the intake?

March and September

When is the application deadline?

Apply and confirm your acceptance of an offer by paying the registration fee.

If you are a Malaysian student, it is preferable for you to apply at least 1 month before commencement of the programme.

If you are an international student, it is preferable to apply at least 2 months before commencement of the programme so that there is adequate time to process your student visa application.

How do I apply?

Apply online application using this link

Fees

How much are the tuition fees?

For fee details, please click this link.

What scholarships are available for IMU Alumni?

A 15% bursary in tuition fees is available to all IMU alumni.

How much are the application and registration fees? Are these fees refundable?

The application fee is RM150 for local students and RM500 for international students. This fee is payable upon application submission and is non-refundable.

The registration fee of RM1,100 for local students and RM3,400 for international students is payable upon acceptance of an offer and is non-refundable.

Is there any difference in tuition fee rate between full-and part-time candidature?

The total tuition fees for full-and part-time candidature are the same. For a part-time candidate, the schedule for the fee payment is personalised, based on his or her selection of the modules in a semester.

Who should I contact to get more information about MBAHM programme?

Please contact the Programme Enquiry Management team at enquiry@imu.edu.my or the Programme Director at vijayesvaran@imu.edu.my.

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We wish you all the best with your application, and hope we will be welcoming you into one of our programmes soon!

A Word from the Programme Director

DR VIJAYESVARAN A/L ARUMUGAN

Senior Lecturer & Programme Director
BA (UM), M.IT (UM), PhD (USM)

“The IMU MBA in Healthcare Management programme aims to equip managers with relevant skills for leading and managing the various facets and challenges that confront professionals, managers and those keen to manage the healthcare industry. Learners have the opportunity to gain firm understanding to critically assess health systems and healthcare structures, apply core principles of management in the healthcare setting and to operate within prevailing legal frameworks. Graduates will benefit by building their personal and professional competencies, and glean insights into best practices and formulation of effective managerial and leadership strategies. In this ever-changing world, even organizations that are not health related may see the necessity to have a manager trained in business in healthcare management not only to assist in controlling the diseases within and outside of the organization but managing the resources efficiently. IMU MBA in Healthcare Management graduates will benefit by building their personal and professional competencies and glean insights into best practices and formulation of effective managerial and leadership strategies to ensure the organisation workforce health is optimized for better productivity.”

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