MHA in Health Systems Management

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MHA in Health Systems Management

As the health delivery systems in most modern countries continue to grow and become more complex, there is an ever-increasing need for trained professionals with advanced knowledge and managerial skills.  The Master’s Degree program in Health Systems Administration (MHA) is intended to provide health professionals with qualitative and quantitative management tools to meet the needs and requirements of health systems in Israel and globally. 


The program seeks to enhance the ability of  health practitioners to deal with health policy issues and to implement new approaches in health organization management.  In realizing these goals, the program curriculum draws upon the field of epidemiology, health promotion, administration, economics, operations research, policy making and behavioral sciences.



Prerequisite Courses                                                                
3 Introduction to statistics A+B
1.5 Basic economics concepts
2 Research tools and methods
2 Introduction to Health Sciences
  Study Program
  Track A with thesis
13 Required Courses
13 Total
  Basic required courses:
1 Global health services
1 Israeli public health policy
1 Israeli health services
1 Hospital administration
1 Introduction to epidemiology
1 Administrative accounting and pricing in the health system
1 Health economics
1 Human resourse management and organization behavior
1 Legal and ethical aspects of medical and public health administration
1 Operations research in health systems
1 Introduction to thesis writing
1 Part A’ thesis writing (workshop)
1 Part B’ thesis writing (workshop)
13 Total
  Track B – non-thesis                                                                          
10 Required courses
4 Electives
4 Seminar
18 Total
  Required courses:
1 Global health services
1 Israeli public health policy
1 Israeli health services
1 Hospital administration
1 Introduction to epidemiology
1 Human resourse management and organization behavior
1 Health economics
1 Administrative accounting and pricing in the health system
1 Legal and ethical aspects of medical and public health administration
1 Operations research in health systems
10 Total
1 Mental health systems administration
  Selected medical subjects
1 Administrative accounting and pricing in the health system
1 Introduction to environmental health
1 Legal aspects of organization management
2 Advanced methods and management tools
1 Marketing strategies
1 Leadership issues
1 Developing interpersonal skills                      
1 Introduction to thesis writing (workshop)
1 Leadership and employee motivation
1 Technologically intensive medical equipment


Information management


The following options and regulations apply to the MA  programs in Logistics Management, Health System Administration, and Industrial Management


Two-Track Option

There are two tracks within these MA programs: non-thesis and thesis. In the thesis track, track A,   successful completion of the thesis offers students the opportunity to continue on to doctoral studies. Track B, the non-thesis track  is designed for students who wish to broaden their knowledge in the field of logistics but do not intend to study for a doctorate.


Transferring from track B to A 

Students who are interested in transferring from Track B to Track A must register for the course “Introduction to thesis writing” (No.55-931) in the first semester of their first year of studies 


Those students who have a grade of at least 85 in “Introduction to thesis writing” and have been personally interviewed by the head of Department may register for “Thesis workshop” in the second and summer semesters of the first year.


 Students who submit to the MA Committee a research proposal upon completion of the course “Thesis workshop” are eligible to transfer to Track A.


Students who fail to submit a research proposal by the end of the summer semester of the first year will not be eligible to transfer to Track A.


Duration of Studies

 Students in  track A (with thesis) are obligated to complete their studies within  2 years and in track B (non- thesis) within 4 successive semesters. In cases justified by the  head of the department and the student’s advisor, the university’s Master’s Degree Committee may grant an extension of a third year to those students in the thesis track. Students who are required to complete prerequisite courses exceeding 8 weekly hours will be eligible for an additional year beyond the successive semesters.


Admission Requirements



1. Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and attained an average grade of at least 85% in their undergraduate studies.  For candidates who studied two majors throughout their BA studies, the average grade will be derived from the final grades in both majors.

2. In some cases the required average will depend on the area of the undergraduate studies


3. Admission is subject to the number of vacancies in the department.  Places are limited and therefore the highest ranked applications will receive priority.

The Department of Management is not obligated to accept all applicants who meet the conditions stated above

4.Final screening of candidates will be held at the discretion of the department

5. The Master’s degree committee of the university  is responsible for making the final decision whether or not to accept a candidate

6. Those students who have not yet completed their final year of undergraduate studies at the time of application must submit by the end of December of the same academic year a letter of intent regarding the completion of their studies to the university’s Master’s Degree Committee.

7. Decisions of the university’s Master’s Degree Committee will be based solely on the grades submitted at the time of registration.  The committee will not wait for the final grades of those applicants who have not yet completed their studies.  Furthermore, the committee will not consider grades that have been improved after registration.

8. Every new student is initially accepted to the non-thesis track.  Those students who wish to transfer to the thesis track are requested to submit an application form to change tracks. 

Candidate who obtained their degree from a branch of a foreign university or by distant learning must obtain a grade of at least 70% in the GMAT or GRE exams.


Criteria Influencing Admission



1. Total average undergraduate grade.  The minimum grade requirement varies with the program of studies and the applicant’s various areas of study.

2. Proven relevant administrative experience of at least 3 years in the desired field of study is an added advantage but will not replace the minimal requirements required for undergraduate degree studies.

3. An existing average grade from graduate studies (or partial average grade) if available

4.  Final acceptance decisions will be made at the end of the registration period according to enrollment figures


 Study Arrangements 

1. Students are expected to create a study schedule according to the hours and days that are personally most suitable for them from the courses offered by the department and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the department.

2. Studies take place during consecutive semesters. (Fall semester, Spring semester, Summer semester).   Classes are planned for half days and held on Thursday afternoons and on Fridays.  Prerequisite courses may be held on different days and hours.


Prerequisite Courses

 1. Students lacking an appropriate academic background will be required to take prerequisite courses as described below. Students must register and complete the prerequisites within a single year

2. A student who is obliged to take prerequisite courses will be accepted conditionally and must complete the prerequisite courses during the first year with an average grade of at least 80%. Regular M.A courses cannot be taken before completing the prerequisite courses with the required average grade unless the department grants special permission.


Details concerning the courses are available on the department site of Bar Ilan University.

3. Waiving of prerequisite courses: A student may request that prerequisite courses be waived under the following circumstances:

The student has already completed or partially completed a similar course from an accredited academic institute where the course level is identical to the requirements of the department's MA course requirements.  The course was completed within the past 7 years.


Requests to waive a required course must be submitted to the departmental secretariat during August and September before the beginning of the academic year.  The university’s Master’s Degree Committee has the authority to approve course waiver requests.


4 When a prerequisite course constitutes a prior requirement for an M.A course, the two courses cannot be taken at the same time.

Upon finishing the prerequisite courses, the student must submit a request to the University’s Master’s Degree Committee to withdraw the academic conditional status.

5. It is emphasized that students who don't complete the prerequisite course according to the terms that have been set at the time of acceptance, will not be able to continue with their studies in the second year. 



Exemption from specialization courses

1.  A student may request that specialization courses be waived if the student began but did not finish MA studies from an accredited academic institute and studied within the last  four years a course that was identical or comparable to the course as required by the Master's degree  program and received a minimum grade of 80.

2.  The possibility to waive courses completed during previous studies pertains to 8 credits in Track B and 4 credits in Track A.


3. Requests to waive courses or to receive credit for courses studied at another institution must be submitted to the secretariat of the Office of Advanced Degrees at the Department of Management.  It is the prerogative of the university’s Master’s Degree Committee to approve requests to waive or change a course.  The appropriate request form must be submitted.


 Requirements, guidelines and clarifications relevant to all MA programs (including Tracks A and B) 

Jewish Studies

According to the general requirements for the Master’s Degree. (See introduction chapter)



English for the Master’s Degree

Specific details pertaining to screening exams,  course levels and criteria for exemptions – see introductory chapter. It is possible to register for a departmental English course which is integrated into the program class schedules. The course is not included in the tuition and entails additional payment.




For further information please contact the Department of Management


Telephone number 03-5318276, ext. 2

Fax. 03 -7384041



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