The Master of Hospital Administration is a three year degree programme and Post Graduate 
Diploma in Health and Hospital Administration is one year programme. The course is designed in 
such a way that a candidate who successfully completes first year of the MHA degree course will be awarded Post graduate diploma in Health and Hospital Administration (PGDHHA) and MHA degree will be awarded at the end of third year on successful completion of the programme. An eligible candidate is free to join either one year PGDHHA or three year MHA. These courses are offered by Child development Centre Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram through Institute of Distance Education. The major aim of this programme is to impart advanced knowledge on specific sectoral areas of management of health services and hospital administration. This programme has very high relevance and importance with management and administration of health services and hospitals in India and abroad. The course will develop sense of responsibility, innovation, analytical ability, affective communication and problem identification skill; It will also strengthen students to search for valid solutions in different situations arising in health and hospital services. 
This course is designed as a user friendly programme in order to complete the course within the 
time available to the students. A student can use one’s own pace to complete the programme even 
with a gap of three years after PGDHHA. The idea to develop the course is based on the need and 
requirements of qualified and trained manpower in this field as well as to provide latest knowledge 
available in this specialized area to the prospective and potential students in order to ensure best quality education at their door step. It is a job oriented course and hence easy for the quality and competent students to find out suitable placement in India or abroad. The demand for qualified and competent students for the efficient management and administration of hospitals is showing an increasing trend. This programme is the first of its kind in Kerala through distance education mode and it will be a paradigm shift from the conventional degree programmes.
The Need
 The need for instituting MHA degree arose from the following considerations:

  1.  Growing demand for manpower to strengthen health systems management and hospital administration.
  2.  Increasing number of private corporate and Govt. Hospitals.
  3. Sensitizing the authorities to the changing trends in development and to develop a cadre of manpower in the field of health and hospital administration.
  4. Increasing demand for qualified and professionally trained persons in this field globally. 

Objectives of MHA 
On successful completion of the MHA degree the student will be able to: 

  • Develop relevant skills and attitudes in health management and hospital administration. 
  • Apply principles and practices of health and hospital management, 
  • Understand the interactive roles in medical care in hospitals.
  • Apply modern management techniques in administering health care services within hospitals in India and abroad.
  • Tackle the emerging problems of health and hospital administration
  • Take appropriate steps in crisis and disaster management.
  • Acquire a thorough knowledge in all important aspects of health management and hospital administration in too. 

The MHA Degree course is designed to fulfil the specific needs of developing a cadre of 
professional managers in health and hospital management sector. (the syllabus and course content take into consideration the existing background of available personnel and the future needs of health and hospital management sector). This course will provide a professional qualification for 
those who wish to take up health/hospital administration as a career. The course will also be 
beneficial to doctors, medical administrators, planners, nurse and those currently engaged in health/hospital administration at senior and middle levels. Fresh graduates can also apply. 
Candidates are free to join any course. The possibilities before them are: 
(a) PGDHHA - One year & (b) MHA - Three years 

A Candidate can join full three - year course of MHA degree programme. PGDHHA shall be awarded on successful completion of the course at the end of the first year and MHA degree shall be awarded on successful completion of the course at the end of the third year. PGDHHA holder can join for the second year of MHA within three years after passing PGDHHA by applying to the Director with the prescribed fees. 

Course Requirements
 
Students of the MHA degree/PGDHHA programme shall besides undergoing the prescribed course of study, do practical work during the first year, by way of doing a project work under the joint
supervision of a Medical Counsellor / Administrator and a teaching faculty, in a hospital. The student shall work in the hospital for 90 days continuously during the second half of first as part 
of the project work and attendance certificate shall be produced to qualify

them for writing 
the University examination at the end of first year. Board of Studies shall prepare guidelines for 
the project work, field visit and evaluation. During the third year the students shall prepare dissertation based on Research study on a particular topic under the guidance of a Supervising 
teacher/ Medical Counsellor/ Administrator. The empanelled supervising teachers only can guide 
the students.

Methods of Study 

The Child development Centre (CDC) shall organise Personal Contact Programme (PCP) every year. In this system, in addition to learning materials (LM), Personal Contact Programmes (PCP) shall be held to facilitate the learning process of students. There shall be Personal Contact Programme every year for 20 days in two spells. Learning materials shall be sent by IDE to students by post. Normally PCPs will be conducted during holidays. Students can approach the identified faculty at anytime for any academic help directly or even over phone. No students shall be presented for the examination unless he/she secures at least 50% attendance at contact classes held in an academic year. 
There shall be four core papers and one practical in first year, five core papers in second year and three - core papers, one dissertation based on a research study and a comprehensive viva voce in third year. Each paper carries 100 marks. Out of this, there shall be University written examination for 80 marks and 20 marks for internal assessments including attendance for PCPs. Students shall submit three assignments per paper. The three assignments carry 15 marks and 5 marks for attendance in PCPs per paper. The students shall make their own arrangements to complete the computerized MIS, e-governance, medical transcription (all practical) and carry out project work 
and field visit in first year and research study in third year. Students shall produce certificate of successful completion of computerized MIS, e-governance and medical transcription from recognized institutes where they study. The certificate shall be submitted to the Director, (CDC) 
Child Development Centre. 

Project Work

The students shall select a topic for project work at the beginning of the second half of first year in consultation with the Medical counsellor /Administrator well in advance, It is essential that topic shall be approved by the University.

Field Visit

During the first year a student should visit at least two hospitals other than those hospitals selected 
for project work and submit field visit report, The hospitals selected for the field visit must have all important faculties and facilities with at least 30 beds. 

Research Study

The student shall identify a topic to carry out the research study from any area of health and 
hospital administration by giving due stress on contemporary and emerging issues in these areas. 
The topic of study shall be confirmed in consultation with the Supervising teacher/Medical Counsellor/Administrator and it shall be approved by the University. The research study shall be started at the beginning of the third year and shall submit the dissertation based on the study, to 
the University before the University examination at the end of third year. The research study shall 
be carried out in the hospital where the project was done or any other hospital approved by the 
University.

 

Eligibility: Bachelor`s Degree in any discipline from the University of Kerala or an equivalent educational qualification as recognized by the University of Kerala, PGDHHA holders from the University of Kerala can join second year of MHA within 3 years after passing PGDHHA. For joining II year MHA after passing PGDHHA, the students have to submit an application to the Director, IDE along with tuition fee & admission fee.

SYLLABUS

First year (PGDHHA)

No

Core Papers

Written (Marks)

Assignment (Market)

Attendance PCP

Total (Marks)

I

Principles and Practices of Hospital
Management and Administration

80

15

5

100

II

Health Care Management

80

15

5

100

III

Hospital Administration

80

15

5

100

IV

Hospital Services Management

80

15

5

100

 

Total

320

60

20

400

V

Practical

 

 

 

100

 

a Project work

50

 

 

 

 

b Field Visit report

25

 

 

 

 

C Viva –Voce

25

 

 

 

 

Grand Total

420

60

20

500

Second Year

No

Core Papers

Written (Marks)

Assignment (Market)

Attendance PCP

Total (Marks)

VI

Accounting and Finance Administration in Health Care Systems

80

15

5

100

VII

Research Methods for Health Systems

80

15

5

100

VIII

Health Systems and Information Technology

80

15

5

100

IX

Organizational Behaviour

80

15

5

100

X

Materials Management in Hospitals

80

15

5

100

 

Total

400

75

25

500

Third Year (MHA Degree)

No

Core Papers

Written (Marks)

Assignment (Market)

Attendance PCP

Total (Marks)

XI

Project Management in Health Sector

80

15

5

100

XII

Hospital House Keeping

80

15

5

100

XIII

Emerging Trends in Health Care Management

80

15

5

100

XIV

Dissertation

100

 

 

100

XV

Viva-Voce (comprehensive)

100

 

 

100

 

Total

440

45

15

500

 

Grand Total

1260

180

60

1500