The Department for Health Systems Management has several aims: to advance the administration and organization of health services in Israel; to provide students with a scientific knowledge of health policy formulation; and to assist in the professional planning and administration of all levels of health and medical services.
At the start of the year 2000, the health system in Israel had around 150,000 employees and a budget of over 20 billion shekels. A process of rapid reorganization and change resulted from the compulsory National Health Insurance Law, 1994 which required that all officials in the health system must have academic training in health services administration.
Our program in health systems management is wide-scale and specially formulated to meet Israeli and international standards.
The Department of Health Systems Management is a unique unit combining the expertise of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the GGFBM. Its programs were developed to respond to the shortage of academically trained personnel with the knowledge and skills to deal with the specific needs of Israel's health system.
On all academic levels the Department's program incorporates studies in public health, medicine, planning, administration, economics and finance. The courses train policy-makers and administrators on all levels, in both the public and private sectors, from government and health fund centers, to hospitals and clinics.
Graduates of our programs are very active in the Israeli health system. We encourage them to continue their academic studies while pursuing their professional careers.
In the last few years the Department of Health Systems Management has undergone a process of growth and development and continues to maintain its place as the leading department of its kind in Israel.
Alongside the numerous B.A. and M.A. students within the University, the Department offers M.A. programs for some of the most significant Israeli health institutions, such as Klalit Health Services, Maccabi Health Fund and the IDF army medical unit, to name a few.
The impact of the Department's teaching is already felt in the field. More than 70% of graduates from our MHA program are employed in administrative positions in the Israeli public health system in positions ranging from hospital directors to clinic and health fund administrators.
Programs investigate theory, techniques and tools, while discussing the possible solutions to problems of the policy, planning and administration of all levels of health administration.