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Career Story

Before Blessing decided to start the MBA in International Healthcare Management, he had already worked for a few years in Zimbabwe and the USA in consulting managers from all subsidiaries of consolidated health delivery organization on various projects. He was responsible for writing technical documents presented for business plans or proposals to other entities and project information memoranda & applications for funding applications to financial institutions.

Then Blessing decided to boost his career with an MBA that was specifically designed as a qualification for people working in the healthcare sector: Frankfurt School’s MBA in International Healthcare Management (IHM).

Job description

  • Project manager of Pangaea Zimbabwe’s strategic information unit, monitoring and evaluation partner on the PEPFAR funded I-TECH (International Training and Education Center for Health) HIV Care and Treatment Consortium.
  • Responsible for managing the analysis of HIV care and treatment clinical outcome data, for program monitoring, reporting and strategic management of program.

Career moves after graduation

Since graduation while I am still at the same organization, my leadership responsibilities have increased and I am now the head of a unit comprised of 2 strategic information coordinators and 9 officers.

Interview

To what extent did the MBA IHM prepare you for the challenges of your current job? Which knowledge or skills have been especially useful?

The MBA IHM has exposed me to international best practice in managing health projects. Key topics covered in the training including cost accounting, project management, process and quality management, provided tools to help structure our work plan and be able to monitor and improve performance.

How would you characterise the course of your career so far?

Since completing the MBA IHM I have moved from being a specialist in health analytics, to assuming a senior leadership and project management role in the same organization. It will hopefully open up more opportunities in international health care.

What was your favourite module and why?

The London module was my favourite as it exposed me to health IT and supply chain management at a global scale. It exposed me on how to translate cutting edge health IT research and development, into a commercial enterprise operating in numerous international markets. Furthermore, we learnt the value of optimizing processes on the healthcare delivery continuum, to improve efficiencies that increase the margin realized by any organization whether public or private.

What’s your favourite memory of your time with the MBA IHM?

My favourite memory is being at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Maryland, with a diverse group of classmates from more than 15 different countries. Irrespective of what colour we are, country we are from and culture we belong, we were all amazed at the history and story of Johns Hopkins.

How important are alumni for a business school?

What do you think alumni can do for their alma mater?
It would be good to know which cities and countries globally, Frankfurt School MBA IHM alumni are located, so we remain connected and bring awareness of opportunities in various fields in health care.