Program’s language of instruction: English

Duration of the program: 2 years

Beginning of studies: 1 October 2019

Application details can be checked at http://dfc.ukma.edu.ua/coming-to-naukma/international-students

School of Public Health (link to ppt presentation)  was founded in 2001 to influence the development of health care  system through the field of management, policy, economics and research. In 2004, the School launched a master program “Health Care Management”, and the first students have begun first academic year. In 2016 the School has the tenth group graduated form of master graduates.

Master’s program students will get high quality preparation in health sector management according to international standards. The program graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledges to provide research and consultancy on sustaining and improving health care systems in their home countries or worldwide.

Most of SPH teaching staff got their internship and professional training at Maastricht University and other leading universities worldwide, they are constantly involved into educational and research activities in Ukraine and internationally. NaUKMA School of Public Health is a member of Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

The core curriculum of the Master’s Program in Health Care Management was developed in 2002-2004 with the support of Maastricht University (the Netherlands). Since then it is constantly revised with regard to new challenges of global health as well as to Ukrainian changing context.

Eligibility criteria:  graduates of bachelor programs in social sciences (e.g. economics, sociology, management and other), medical doctors etc.

Master’s preparation program covers mandatory courses and selective courses, internship, preparation and defense of master thesis (120 ECTS credits total).

Master’s program “Health Care Management” – its main part – includes several content components:

  • Public Health, namely disciplines “Introduction to Public Health”, “Epidemiology”, “Health Promotion”;
  • Management: “Management in health care”, “Quality in Health Care,” “Logistics and Operations Management in Health Care”;
  • Systems, policy and economics in health care;
  • Additional (often for research) disciplines, i.e. methodology and organization of research, Statistics, Master thesis seminar, English.

The remaining courses – elective courses, but they are also related to the topics mentioned above as the components of the program:

  • Public health: “Evidence-based practice in health care”; “Clinical research”.
  • Management: “Human Resource Management”, “Marketing in Health Care”, “Investment Management”, “Innovation Management”, “Pharmacy Management”.
  • System, policy and health economics: “Reforms and sustainable health financing», «Health technologies assessment».
  • Supporting subjects: “Communication for Development”, “Public Relations”

In 2018, we invite international participants to form one group of International health care management master program. Classes are in English with international content of the program (European and global cases). Classes (upon the agreement with students-to-be) can be scheduled on the weekend (Thursday- Saturday).

The aim of internship is to obtain first-hand managerial experience in health care facility, where students have the opportunity to observe the processes of management system and participate in performing tasks given by the management of the facility. Students’ internship begins with taking the course “Organizational diagnostics” where they study how to analyze health care facility in terms of its development, how to formulate feedback on the managerial processes, give recommendations  and present theirfeedback.

Internship takes place at enterprises and organizations of different ownership, which according to their profile, capacity, technical level and level of organization of processes are able to provide opportunity to fulfill the tasks given to the students by the lecturer.
Internship consists of two parts: general and individual. General part consists of study and analysis of internship place as of business entity. Individual part consists of self-study of received during internship materials and search for additional information in open sources. Aspects of management studied during internship based on real activities and processes are shown in the report.

Master thesis
Studying on master’s program lasts two years, at the end of which a master’s thesis is created. Master’s thesis costs 23 credits. Guidelines for writing are sent to all students who have discipline “Technology of preparation of master thesis” that is scheduled prior to writing the master’s thesis. The key point to start working at the research is topics selection in September of the second year of study (example of application – in Annex B). Topic approval and supervisor assigning takes place at the department meeting in October.
Each student conducting master’s research coordinates the performance plan with supervisor in October, after the topic and the supervisor are approved by the department. Performance plan is a document filled with submission dates, meetings and consultations with supervisor. Final stage of master qualifying work is pre-defense, which usually takes place in mid-May. During the pre-defense the decision is taken: whether the thesis could be accepted for defense. In pre defense students submit a printed text of master’s thesis, completed not less than for 90%.The defense itself takes place in mid-June.

Our students – active, initiative and knowledgeable. Students communicate ideas that arise during study for their further implementation at the School or beyond. Our students are sure that master’s program studies – is the beginning or continuation of professional path chosen by the students. So everyone has their own professional interests and looking for and getting new knowledge and skills in order to achieve persoanl and professional aims.

Educators of the School of Public Health – a team of professionals who are in love with their work. We share our knowledge, experience and achievements.  Educators at the School are experienced consultants, researchers, professionals, who constantly get new experience and knowledge, implement interesting for them and important for society projects, research initiatives.

In addition to the full-time educators of the School, guest lecturers are important part of educational process. We invite guest lecturers who are the best practitioners, so students can learn about the latest achievements and problems in the sector, which couldn’t be found in any book, get valuable advice from those who daily uses the most modern principles and approaches in management of the system, hospitals, and also program participants have an opportunity to become an integral part of a professional community.

According to traditions, National university of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy is using the two working languages – Ukrainian and English. The principle of bilingualism is quite reasonable: some textbooks for courses that students are using are in English; we regularly host lecturers – foreign professors; English language skills are necessary to participate in international student exchange programs, obtain continuations at Western universities, which is an important step towards a successful future and career growth, personal development component.

The academic year consists of three terms: the first – fall, the second – spring and a second extra – summer. In the fall and spring term there are 15 weeks of study, one of which (the eighth) is the self-study week and is given for students for preparing projects, large home tasks.
Educational programs at NaUKMA are structured according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Under this system, each academic discipline (subject) depending on the amount of time provided on its mastery, corresponds to a certain number of credits: 1 credit corresponds to 30 hours of which 10 hours – is class hours, and the remaining 20 hours – self-study.
Note that studying process occurs not only in the classroom, – a large part of education is given for self-study – reading literature assignments, preparation of reports and presentations.
To become a master graduate you must obtain 120 ECTS credits for two years (60 credits per year). In NaUKMA the individual plan includes self selected courses for each student (in case of MA – second) academic year, student determines the list of selected disciplines, scope and duration of their study.

Cost of the study year:

US$ 3000  - for citizens of the countries from the following World Bank country groups: Low income, Lower middle income, Upper middle income and for the countries – participants of Bologna process;
US$ 3500 – for the citizens of other countries.


Additional information on admission details can be obtained from:
Svitlana Nemyrovska,
NaUKMA International Students Coordinator
E-mail: int_students@ukma.edu.ua
Tel: + 38 044 425 50 16

School of Public Health
Tel: + 38 044 425 77 69
E-mail: juliabarska@gmail.com

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