Our core operational and strategic areas are research and teaching in the area of healthcare management and health sciences along with a strong health economic bias. In our view both areas are closely linked and accordingly teaching is subject to continuous innovation and improvement processes driven by our research programs. This is enriched by findings and conclusions of the global research community. Our new course on medical decision making launched in 2013 can serve as an example. However, in the light of groundbreaking innovations, demographically induced increases in demand and growing performance expectations, dynamic tensions within healthcare systems exist which are further triggered by the scarcity of resources. The consequences constantly produce new scientific and normative questions. Both health economics and health sciences need to contribute equally in order to base answers on comprehensive transparency.
The IMG - Institute for Healthcare Management and Health Sciences - run by Eckhard Nagel as Executive Director (since 2010 on leave and acting as Chairman of the Academic Medical Center Essen) and headed by Klaus Nagels since September 2010 – focuses on related research questions compiled in a broad portfolio of research projects. Key focus areas of our research are system related conditions and framework issues. The corresponding issues comprise a broard range from individual health behavior to global adoption and diffusion phenomena related to innovation and technology management. Furthermore, our research projects span a wider range from in-depth health economic evaluation to anthropological questions. We attach particular importance to the anthropological core of medical care and health care delivery, which is multilayered. In this regard, our research interests include the significance of the traditional medical treatment mandate as well as ethical aspects of the physician-patient-relationship.
The research programs being deduced and addressed have one similarity: they are becoming increasingly complex, and their positive and normative implications can usually only be understood through interdisciplinary research approaches. Accordingly, the IMG’s mission is to identify and elaborate complex scientific research questions in the healthcare sector both by applying internationally approved methods and interdisciplinary cooperation. For that we use a wide range of health economic methods which we specifically supplement with current research approaches of related areas and disciplines. Our competitive edge is based on the way we cooperate and manage this approach. Therefore, the interdisciplinary nature of the IMG is also reflected in its personnel structure. The qualifications of our team are diversified and range from health economics, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and food sciences to the economics, law as well as social sciences.
Our teaching program has been developed over two decades and is constantly updated through the participation of an agile and lively network of alumni. The teaching program leading to bachelor and master degrees in health economics is delivered by means of an interdisciplinary team constituted the Institute of Healthcare Management and Health Sciences (Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. Eckhard Nagel, Prof. Dr. Klaus Nagels), the chair of Production Management and Industrial Economics (Prof. Dr. Jörg Schlüchtermann) as well as the chair of Economical and Public Financial Sciences (Prof. Dr. Volker Ulrich).
Our students, future key players and leaders, will be exposed to different perspectives of health systems and economics in all their facets. In this context we attach great importance to establish a close connection with practice. This is achieved through our close collaboration with institutes of advanced medicine, such as the University Hospital Essen, the University Hospital Munich, regional supply networks, research institutes operated by various organizations, as well as with health insurance companies, surgery networks and the research-based pharmaceutical and medical technology industry.
It is through responsible, interdisciplinary approaches combining theory and practice that we are best equipped to develop sustainable solutions to contemporary healthcare challenges and more importantly capable leaders who are able to manage the new challenges ahead. Consequently, it is towards these ends that the Institute for Healthcare Management and Health Science is working.
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