by Dr Neophytos Karamanos, MHSA Programme Coordinator

The new academic year marks another important milestone for the Medical School, the welcoming of the first cohort of students for our new Master of Science in Health Services Administration (MHSA) programme.

We live in challenging times, as far as health services are concerned. While the global pandemic has exerted enormous strain on health facilities and resources, new innovative approaches and emerging technologies are fundamentally re-shaping the sector. Never before has there been a need for health professionals to acquire new skills and competencies than now.

Responding to these needs, the MHSA aims to equip professionals and managers with the crucial skills to manage and lead successful health services organizations, with quality and patient safety at the forefront. The programme boasts a unique emphasis on new technologies such as big data analytics, telemedicine, Internet of Things, self-tracking wearables, blockchain and many more. Additionally, it focuses on equipping students with crisis management skills, enabling them to respond effectively to adverse situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also emphasis on entrepreneurship, by challenging students to pursue advanced initiatives, and address existing problems in their current work environments through the development of business plans, and the implementation of field projects.

The programme provides for webinars on special topics such as a webinar on healthcare blockchain applications, offered in cooperation with the UNIC Institute for the Future, the first in global Blockchain education.

Next Spring, we will host a two-part lecture series on cyber security with the aim to help the general public better understand the complexities of cyber security and risk mitigation in the digital era, like the increasing ransomware attacks and other vulnerabilities within health care environments:

  • Cyber Threats in the Era of Digital Healthcare, Part 1

Monday, 1 March 2021 at 5pm EET, 3pm GMT, 10am EST

  • Cyber Threats in the Era of Digital Healthcare, Part 2

Monday, 10 May 2021 at 5pm EET, 3pm GMT, 10am EST

Both webinars will be presented by Dr Neophytos Karamanos and Cyber Security Expert Kyriakos Costa. Those interested can find more information and register to attend on the School’s website from mid-January 2021.