The mini health MBA is designed for healthcare SME owners and managers with a keen interest to develop and enhance their business, leadership and management skills. It is provided by Strathmore Business School in cooperation with PharmAccess and other partners.
Being trained as a healthcare professional, owners of healthcare facilities generally know how best to give their patients the care they need. But equally as important they also need the skills to manage their healthcare facility efficiently and profitably in an ever-changing environment. In our experiences working with health SMEs in Kenya we identified a need for strengthening the business case of health SMEs, parallel to stimulating quality improvement of the healthcare services they provide.
Supported by a grant of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, PharmAccess in partnership with Strathmore Business School, AMPC International health Consultants, Medical Credit Fund, IFC and the Ministry of health therefore developed a comprehensive business strengthening program. The mini health MBA is an important element in this program.
Based on an assessment of the business skills gaps and needs for improvement among different segments of healthcare managers in the PharmAccess-MCF network, a curriculum was developed for the Managing Healthcare Business Courses. An entry level “Foundations of Managing Healthcare Business” course for clinical officers, nurses, midwives was developed, as well as an Executive Course for academically schooled healthcare managers.
In 2016 two classes of Foundations Course participants graduated. In December Executive graduates received their diploma in an official graduation ceremony. While the course has only just begun feedback has been very positive, and many participants are now sending their staff to the courses to ensure optimal implementation of strategic changes in their organization.