UGBS’s Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management (PAHSM), on Friday 10th July, 2015 met with a three-member delegation from the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. The delegation was led by Dr. Robert Akparibo, a lecturer in Public Health.
The meeting was to discuss the possibility of a collaboration between the two Schools in running a two-four year MSc in Health Management and Leadership programme. It was a follow-up to one held earlier in the year when Dr. Kobby Mensah, Coordinator, UGBS MARCOMS Unit visited the University of Sheffield to deliberate with some faculty on a UGBS – Sheffield University collaboration.
Dr. Robert Akparibo revealed that the decision to run such a programme stemmed from the realisation that a number of health administrators have no management background hence, are unable to effectively run the institutions they manage. He further added that many health institutions seek prospective employees with management backgrounds for managerial positions.
Dr. Robert Akparibo, Deputy Director, Masters in Public Health, University of Sheffield
Dr. Gordon Abeka-Nkrumah, a Senior Lecturer in Health Services Management, UGBS, agreed with Dr. Akparibo’s observation. He averred that research has shown a gap between leadership and health services management and divulged UGBS’s intention to introduce a sandwich programme in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO). This, he said, will provide the needed skills to aid bridge this gap.
Dr. Gordon Abekah-Nkrumah, Dept. of PAHSM, UGBS
The MSc International Health Management and Leadership programme, according to its Deputy Director and second member of the delegation, Dr. Mohammed Saddiq, will draw together material and teachers from internationally-recognised Sheffield institutions to provide the first programme of its kind in international health management and leadership.
Dr. Mohammed Saddiq, Director, Masters in International Health Management and Leadership, University of Sheffield
Faculty of the PAHSM Department present expressed their gratitude to the delegation for their interest in partnering UGBS and promised to pursue the collaboration.
Both parties expressed the hope that the collaboration would result in faculty exchanges, joint research publications, as well as PhD scholarships and theses supervision.
Also present at the meeting was Dr. Kobby Mensah, Coordinator, UGBS Marcoms Unit.
UGBS Marcoms Coordinator, Dr. Kobby Mensah
Prof. Michelle Holdsworth, Dr. Robert Akparibo, Dr. Muhammed Saddiq and Dr. Kobby Mensah in a pose with some of the University of Sheffield Alumni and prospective students
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