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Management of Health Institutions master programme

Getting you ready to take on managerial responsibilities in a booming industry: the part-time Management of Health Institutions master programme helps you plot your personal career path.

You will learn about modern management methods and apply your expertise in interdisciplinary and interprofessional teams. Close collaboration with health companies ensures a strong practical element. You will also take on real challenges and develop innovative ideas in the course of projects and while writing your master thesis.

The degree programme

You will be studying alongside people from various professions on this part-time master programme. Whether you’re an economist, a qualified practitioner in nursing or healthcare, a high level allied health profession, a doctor or from a related occupation – you’ll benefit from a programme tailored specifically to your needs.

There are various options for adapting your degree to your personal requirements and situation: the electives in semester 2, the practical project in semester 3 and the master thesis in the fourth semester. You decide what topics and industries you want to specialise in.


Apart from the block week, the fourth semester will revolve around your master thesis. It’s a great opportunity to spend time abroad and write your thesis there, for instance at one of our partner universities.

A particularly attractive option is the dual degree we offer in conjunction with the University of Applied Sciences Deggendorf. Besides obtaining a master of arts at IMC Krems, you will also be accredited with completing the Strategic and International Management programme at our partner institution.

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" The Management of Health Institutions master programme provides students with unrivalled opportunities to choose their own focus areas and implement modern management concepts in the health sector. "

Programme director Manfred Pferzinger


Choose your own focus areas. You select one of five electives on the degree programme. You attend electives in the second semester together with students from the Management master programme.

Big Data & Digitalization in Health Care

The health sector can also benefit from the widening range of possibilities opened up by digitalisation. A number of trends can already be identified that could be truly revolutionary: the data available and creating links between them will pave the way for groundbreaking innovations that affect the entire sector. More effective forms of therapy will lead to a rethink of healthcare providers’ processes. Indeed, this is the only means of ensuring the responsible use of resources in future.

One thing is certain: you don’t necessarily need programming skills to devote your career to pushing forward the digital transformation of the health service. If you want to use your managerial abilities in order to prepare health-sector companies for the digital future, this is the right elective for you.

The course is taught entirely in English and provides an extensive overview of the trends shaping digitalisation in the health sector. This academic analysis also takes into account the risks associated with new technologies.

Management and Organisation in the Health Sector

The health service is shaped by the interdisciplinary and interprofessional nature of its stakeholders: various medical specialisms; different occupational groups, usually working in extremely hierarchical organisations; the availability of new and ever-broader scientific findings; as well as patients and their relatives, who play the role of clients. Managers need to be particularly well prepared to work in such an environment.

The Management and Organisation in the Health Sector elective helps you to develop the tools you will need to work as a manager at a health-sector company or organisation. You will know how to deal with difficult and emotional situations, while also safeguarding your personal well-being.

You will also have a strong grasp of processes at health sector organisations and play your part in developing long-term business models that generate benefits for clients – patients, their relatives, as well as parents and legal guardians. As a skilled manager you will be in a position to face up to the challenges that will emerge in the health sector in the future.


Do you have a passion for numbers? Then this elective will probably be your first choice. As a controller, you are partly responsible for managing a company. You set targets and check whether they are met, manage payment flows and liquidity, and plan and evaluate business processes using integrated, IT-based planning systems.

Your work has a direct impact on strategic and operational management at your company. You also support other departments – such as HR, sales and supply chain management – with decentralised controlling tasks.

This elective shows you how to prepare and present information in line with the intended purpose, which in turn simplifies strategic and operational decision-making. In order to ensure that you are well prepared to take on these vital responsibilities, you will focus on sensitive topics such as conflicting targets and planning conflicts. You will also learn to assess what key performance indicators are less meaningful for businesses and how to avoid misinterpretation.

Setting Up and Taking Over Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Do you have a high-potential idea and would you like to set up your own business? Or are you preparing to take over the running of a company, maybe a family business? Then this elective is the ideal choice for you.

You gain a detailed overview of various business models and find out how to prepare a new model or build on an existing one. There is a special focus on goal orientation and innovation. The elective puts growth concepts and growth strategies under the microscope. Success factors and risk management are also important considerations.

Another important topic is importing and exporting – in today’s globalised world, you are almost certain to be involved in international trade. The Intercultural Competence course also looks at this aspect.

Human Resource Management

Do you see your HR department as a business partner? This elective gives you the skills needed to assume important responsibilities and a wide range of tasks associated with operational and strategic HR management.

You'll look at various questions, such as how to derive an HR strategy from a company’s strategic objectives, the links between remuneration and incentives, and ways in which you can find staff and retain them in the long term by means of your HR strategy.

Employer branding, talent management, recruitment and onboarding feature widely in the different courses. You will discuss risks and opportunities connected with inclusion, and become familiar with contemporary diversity management tools. There is also an analysis of Austria’s labour law framework, which forms the basis of HR work.

Career options for graduates of the Management of Health Institutions master programme

As a graduate of the Management of Health Institutions master programme, you have a clear understanding of the complex relationships that characterise the health sector. You will be able to develop innovative solutions to challenges facing the industry and implement them using a process-based approach.

You can look forward to a host of new job opportunities, because you have what it takes to build a career in the health sector. You can use your newly acquired expertise to benefit your current company, or you can switch to another post in Austria or abroad.

You can also opt to take a doctorial programme at a university in Austria or abroad. We have a cooperation agreement with UMIT Tirol. This agreement ensures that admission to the doctorial programmes at this institution is a straightforward process.

  • The professional areas open to graduates in the healthcare sector include

  • Big data management

  • Change management

  • Management control and finance
  • Digital transformation management
  • Health and social policy
  • Health planning
  • Healthcare start-ups
  • HR and employee development
  • Innovation management
  • Crisis management
  • Organisational development
  • Process management
  • Quality management
  • Service/product design
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  • Prof.(FH) Mag.(FH) Dr. Manfred Pferzinger | Head of Institute Health Management / Deputy Academic Head / Programme Director Management of Health Institutions - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Prof.(FH) Mag.(FH) Dr. Manfred Pferzinger
    Head of Institute Health Management / Deputy Academic Head / Programme Director Management of Health Institutions

    Head of Institute Health Management / Deputy Academic Head / Programme Director Management of Health Institutions

    Prof.(FH) Mag.(FH) Dr. Manfred Pferzinger

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