The Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences has prioritised training in three areas:
- A training course for heads of units in the Faculty
- Developing the BHSc second stream in health management
- Adding health management training to undergraduate programmes (starting with the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP))
HOD Training Course
A set of short courses has been developed together with the School of Economics and Business Science (SEBS) in the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management. This is to be offered widely but at a cost. Here are details of the Healthcare Management Courses. Further short courses, run from within the Faculty of Health Sciences, will be explored once experienced staff are identified within the Faculty. This will be styled as training for postgraduate students, especially registrars in the various specialities across the Faculty.
The Bachelor of Health Sciences is seen as a three-year undergraduate feeder programme for the GEMP. Unfortunately, less than 50% of BHSc students get into GEMP, with the others having a very unclear career path. The Faculty of Health Sciences has decided to bolster alternative career paths by adding Public Health and Health Systems Science (HSS) as a 3rd and 4th stream in Year 2 & 3 of the BHSc. Whilst all students will be doing HSS 1 with some general system insights the objective with those who choose HSS 2 and HSS 3 is to develop students with strong insights into clinical and management workings of the health care system, especially primary care. An honours programme in HSS is being explored for Year 4, including a workplace-based training element.
The current Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP) has 3 themes that run through the entire four years: Patient-Doctor (PD) Theme; Community-Doctor (CD) Theme; and Personal-Professional Development (PPD) Theme. There are plans to strengthen the PPD theme with lectures in Health Systems Science in all years, accounting for considerable overlaps with current teaching in all three themes. It needs to integrate all lectures in PPD (and possibly CD/PD) into the clear purpose of making graduates change agents that can negotiate the health system on behalf of their patients. This will be explored in other undergraduate programmes across the Faculty as this proceeds.