MBA in Healthcare Leadership (16 Months Online)


Program Description

Effective leadership of healthcare professionals is critical for ensuring quality healthcare delivery. Leadership is a vital component of the healthcare systems and has a broad range of functions in improving and maintaining organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

Healthcare has evolved into a complex industry and needs leaders than ever before. Healthcare systems are composed of multiple professional groups, departments, and sub-specialties with complex, non-sequential interactions between them; the intricacy of such systems is often unparalleled as a result of constraints pertaining to diverse diseases, multidirectional goals, and multidisciplinary staff.

Healthcare leaders of today need to be proficient in economics, patient satisfaction, healthcare policy, information management systems, marketing, ethics, and medicolegal issues, interdisciplinary collaboration, telemedicine, technological change, and above all the emotional intelligence to facilitate evidence-based and patient-centered care.

All the above-listed factors have gone into meticulously designing the MBA Healthcare Leadership at the Swiss School of Business and International Management (Rushford). This program will help you gain valuable skills and competencies for effective and efficient management and executive healthcare leadership.

Rushford offers Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE) and thus a formal bachelor’s degree is not mandatory for entering this program.


Courses Overview

The Rushford Online MBA program in Healthcare Leadership is comprised of a total of 29 courses and each course lasts approximately 2-3 weeks. Each course is comprised of 2-4 ECTS credits. Students must complete 18 core courses, 5 out of the 11 elective courses, and a capstone project to earn a total of 90 ECTS for becoming eligible for the MBA in Healthcare Leadership Award.

  • Managerial Economics 
  • Managerial Skills 
  • Accounting for Financial Reporting 
  • Accounting for Managerial Decisions
  • Business Analytics
  • Financial Management
  • Operations Management: Productivity & Quality
  • International Business Environment
  • Leadership and Managing Human Capital 
  • Marketing Management 
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics & Law
  • Strategic Management: Integrating the Enterprise (Elective)
  • Sales Management (Elective) 
  • Organizational Behaviour (Elective) 
  • Business Communications (Elective)
  • Business Law (Elective) 
  • Strategic Leadership Theories and Principles 
  • Leadership Applications in Public Health
  • Leadership and Preparedness 
  • Leadership Skills and Competencies 
  • Leadership Evaluation and Research 
  • Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Research 
  • Pharmaceutical Medicine (Elective)
  • Data Management & Biostatistics (Elective) 
  • Organizational Management (Elective) 
  • Change Management (Elective)
  • Global Health Leadership (Elective)
  • Decision Making (Elective) 

Careers & Outcomes

The Rushford MBA in Healthcare Leadership has been developed for professionals who are currently involved in healthcare delivery and would like to rise the ranks to the levels of senior and top management. This program can be highly beneficial to new entrants who would like to leverage the knowledge and skills imparted through this program to secure an excellent starting role to jump-start their career in healthcare management. The way the course is designed is to ensure that the knowledge and skills gained can be applied across the public and private sectors, as well as in an international setting.

Healthcare is a complex and vast area and to be a successful member of the management in this fast-paced business, you need to be a strong problem solver and have an analytical way of assessing business situations. This program provides multiple opportunities for you to expose yourself to these key areas through projects, mentors, site visits, etc. The focus is also on understanding the application of techniques and methods for health research and policy.

Graduates of this MBA degree will have gained skills for a wide range of career opportunities both in the public and private sectors. In addition to working in a hospital set-up, people with an MBA degree in health economics, etc. can work in universities, health insurance, and a wide variety of other industries.


Rushford maintains very high standards for students who enter our academic programs. For all MBA programs, the following criteria need to be met before admission is offered to a prospective student.


Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent recognized academic title in any discipline.

Qualifications Waiver

For students who don’t have a Bachelor’s Degree, Rushford uses Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE). SSBIM generally utilizes over 3 years of relevant experience in a significant role for waiver of Bachelor’s Degree. 

Proficiency in English

Evidence of Proficiency in English

  • IELTS 6.0+ or
  • PTE 50+ or
  • TOEFL 550+ or
  • Any other proficiency test that was taken in the last 2 years

English Proficiency Waiver

The English proficiency test is waived for the following candidates:

  • Native English Speakers or
  • Applicants having completed their schooling in English (i.e. High School Diploma or IB) or
  • Applicants having completed their undergraduate degree in English in an English speaking country or
  • 2 Years of work experience in a setting in which English is the primary language of work



Swiss Higher Educational Institution

James Lind Institute is an approved post-secondary higher educational Institution with the authority to award private degrees in Switzerland. The institute is registered in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland under the UID CHE-255.747.977.


International Council For Open & Distance Education (ICDE), Norway

James Lind Institute is a proud member of the prestigious International Council for Open & Distance Education. ICDE has consultative partner status with UNESCO and shares UNESCO’s key value – the universal right to education for all. ICDE further derives its position from the unique knowledge and experience of its members throughout the world in the development and use of new methodologies and emerging technologies.


International Organization For Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 Certified

James Lind Institute (JLI) is fully accredited by the AMERICAN BOARD OF ACCREDITATION SERVICES (ABAS) as per ISO 9001:2015 standards for providing Training & Education Programs related to healthcare and allied sectors.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

Rushford Business School is the official name of the Business School of James Lind Institute, Gevena, Switzerland. The school offers higher degree programs in Business and Management. We are also uniq ... Read More

Rushford Business School is the official name of the Business School of James Lind Institute, Gevena, Switzerland. The school offers higher degree programs in Business and Management. We are also unique in our offering of several MBA programs with technical specializations and we continue to add more technical specializations as we keep growing. Our 100% online programs are well suited to students from all over the world who would like to receive a high-quality education from a premier European Business School at an affordable tuition fee. As part of the JLI global institution, we leverage the networks, knowledge, experience and geographic spread to the advantage of our students. Read less