B. A in Health System Management

The Peres Academic Center undergraduate program in Health Systems Administration is considered among the most prestigious and unique programs in Israel, inter alia due to its unique structure and the combination between practice and academia.

The track was founded and developed by Professor Yoram Blachar, a senior health system official who managed large health systems and even served as Head of the IMA and Chairperson of the World Medical Association. As such, the track relates to practical and contemporary challenges facing the health systems in Israel.

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Undergraduate degree in Health Systems Administration - Curriculum

The curriculum placed an emphasis on combining theoretical knowledge and education in management with practical skills and tools characteristic to managing health systems in Israel. The curriculum was logically structured, where each stage is an element leading to the next, culminating in a solid program that will provide a foundation for optimal health system management.

As such, the curriculum consists of an interdisciplinary variety of courses and skills that, together, create the competencies required for managing health systems

Basic Program

1. Basic courses: Courses intended to provide students with background and tools that will enable them to go on to advanced management courses. 2. Introductory courses: Courses intended to provide students with skills and know-how in general management. 3. Core courses: Courses intended to impart know-how and skills of health system management in general and specifically in Israel.

Elective courses

In addition to the basic courses, students are offered a variety of electives that focus on specific issues and challenges relating to management, medicine and health. The electives correspond with the theoretical curricula in the various fields, adding a practical element to the program.


In addition to the courses studied throughout the degree studies, 3rd-year students participate in a seminar where they will be required to prepare a seminar paper that, based on academic reading and analysis, analyzes one or more of the issues studied throughout the program.

Practical Final Project - Fieldwork

Students undertake a practical final project during their third year of study. Students will be required to go into the field, select an institution that provides health services, examine its performance and efficiency while implementing the theories and tools acquired during their studies and suggest plans for improving and streamlining the respective service.

Basic tools required for economists and/or managers in modern work settings. We will become acquainted with the benefits of Excel toward solving complex mathematical functions, economically evaluating investments, performing statistical calculations, generating graphic presentations and working with databases.

Gaining further knowledge of theoretical and practical calculus tools required for understanding and analyzing managerial problems. Review of various topics in algebra, including exponential equations. We will later focus on major issues in calculus, such as function and integral investigation.

Introduction to academic literature, while learning: A) How to search for academic articles; B) What sections are relevant to reading and summarization; C) How to understand academic articles; D) How to effectively use academic articles; and E) How to write an academic paper. Principles of academic discourse – Developing the skills needed in order to decode academic text and write at an academic level.

The course aims to expose students to these mechanisms and provide them with the knowledge and understanding of psychological and behavioral factors and processes that impact managerial processes. On the practical level, the course is intended to develop managerial insights and effective methods for understanding the individual at work. The course introduces various and diverse psychological aspects: Learning, attention, research methods, personality theories and diagnostics, social psychology and perspectives – all while emphasizing their relevance to the field of labor and management.

Demonstrating how monetary events impact a company’s financial statements (assets, liabilities, capital, income and expenses). Learning and practicing accounting records and calculations by introducing basic bookkeeping terminology. The course will demonstrate how various monetary events (bookkeeping) impact the financial statements. After sorting and compiling the said information, the course will cover the data processing stage implemented until the preparation of financial statements intended for various consumers.

The course will introduce the concept of the “marketing language” by reviewing basic marketing terminology and perceptions. We will discuss various marketing activities, present tools for coping with various marketing situations and objectives and study principles underlying strategic marketing decisions. The course theory and practice are intended to help understand how marketing decisions reached and meticulously implemented can lead any organization to better performance.

The course provides basic legal background in various judicial fields along with an introduction to the legal system, the Israeli legal system and the court system. Basic legal terms and introduction to various judicial fields.

Developing a methodical and deep frame of reference to understand the complexities of human behavior in organizations. This understanding will help improve organizational and personnel management skills. We will focus on several issues that represent organizational behavior research in terms of the individual and group within the organization. We will focus on the people – employees and managers – who make up the organization, aiming to impart knowledge on major theories and terms involved in effective individual and group management within organizations.

Presenting and evaluating various elements of financing while initially introducing financial management tools toward reaching investment decisions under conditions of certainty. Presenting firm financing elements and understanding basic terms in financing theory. We will discuss firm objectives, financing functions, value and time terminology, present and future value calculations, interest and yield calculations, inflation, methods for calculating investment advisability and implementation, bonds/short-term loans and developing financing problem solving skills.

Expanding on theoretical and practical knowledge of statistical methods toward understanding and analyzing managerial problems. We will focus on main issues of descriptive statistics and the theory of probability, including actions between events, decision trees and random variables.

Introducing basic terminology and analytical tools. Examining the behavior and considerations applied by small economic units and the functional interrelations between them within the economic system. We will implement principles of marginal analysis, supply and demand curve analysis and convergence to equilibrium. Focusing on sector issues, we will present various forms for organizing the sector, ranging from perfect competition to duopoly and monopoly, methods of government intervention in the product market and how they impact each of the market factors and equilibrium.

We will address various topics relating to the interactions between the health system and the law. We will discover how the law regulates health system operations and how various health issues are regulated. We will focus on the study of major laws related to health and legal principles that impose special obligations on the health system. We will discuss dilemmas that the health system copes with when implementing the various laws.

Introduction to organizational management fields and principles, aiming to present and examine organizational theories and major macro approaches underlying effective and efficient management. We will learn what makes an effective organization and what are the factors that impact organizational effectiveness: managerial approaches, the organizational environment, organizational structure, organizational culture, change processes and innovation. We will examine the managerial challenges currently facing organizations, emphasizing the content and skills required of managers – all through analyzing, diagnosing and discussing real-life organizational situations.

We will address the theory of public administration and the study of public policy. We will discuss public policy setting strategies and their implementation when establishing public policy in Israel. Introducing basic terminology in public administration. Understanding the main managerial strategies related to setting public policy. Understanding the interactions between managerial and political bodies when setting public policy. Understanding the main managerial tools for executing public policy. Applying the study material to various issues of policy change in Israel.

The course will provide in-depth and direct access to the health system in Israel and specifically practices applied at “Leumit Health Services”. The content will be conveyed by senior Leumit managers, presenting the work tools and methods underlying health fund operations in Israel.

The main objective is to expose the students to general public hospital operations in Israel, including all of the relevant aspects: medicine, economics and administration

Introducing sociological tools and perspectives on select issues in the world of health and medicine. We will discuss select issues related to socio-cultural aspects of disease and health, organizing health services and health policy.

We will focus on the normative question of: “What is socially desirable resource allocation?” We will examine this question while relating to competitive and non-competitive markets, reviewing the allocation differences for regular product markets and public product markets. We will examine the role of government and its impact on the effectiveness of resource allocation among the economic units. We will explain the rationale underlying economic models of cooperation between the private and public sectors (PPP), including BOO, BOT and DBOT.

Study of data analysis and statistical inference methods.  Learning how to use SPSS, while enabling basic statistical processing using the software.

Introducing characteristics of major economic practice in health, methods for coping with health market failures and their impact on various incentives available in the market. Studying the special and economic features of Israel’s health service market as compared to other countries of the western world. Understanding the problems arising in the health service and health insurance market, while focusing on competition, supply and demand, and market failures. Understanding various remuneration methods applied by major health system players and how they impact their conduct. Understanding the sources for financing the health system in Israel, their utilization and how they are distributed within the system.

Reading academic and research texts. Practicing and improving reading strategies, understanding various types of questions and texts and conducting literary reviews and research. Linguistic aspects including syntax, templates for organizing paragraphs and text formatting.

Introducing the health system in Israel, its main elements and structural and budgetary changes therein over time.

Major epidemiology terms and research methods. We will present methods for evaluating frequencies, morbidity and mortality rates in various times and for various populations. Providing tools for assessing disease risk factors and screening plans toward devising an intervention program to prevent morbidity and mortality. Explaining epidemiological principles, objectives and research methods applicable to health system management and policy setting.

Understanding basic insurance terms – What is insurance? Aim of insurance? What is risk? What is the benefit of insurance? What are the principles of insurance? And more. Understanding the three elements of Israeli health insurance – governmental, additional health services and private health insurance, while comparing the various options. Studying the field of nursing insurance. Providing a framework of terms and figures relating to private health insurance policies, including the health fund additional health services programs and commercial health insurance offered by insurance companies.

Presenting the main elements of health system information systems, placing an emphasis on the complexities of the health service system, work processes and basic information tools for the attending staff, such as: the medical file, computerized instructions, decision supporting systems, and more. Information technology and the shift from paternalistic medicine to patient-centered medicine; information security and privacy protection risks vs. the advancement of digital medicine and IoT and their impact on patient-caregiver relations on health services at large.

Coping with ethical dilemmas facing health systems in Israel and worldwide. The complexity of health systems in the western world raises ethical issues that require daily attention. This course seeks to generate a discussion of the various ethical dilemmas faced by health systems in Israel and abroad. Discussions will apply a critical perspective, examining various options alongside their strengths and weaknesses.

Understanding the scientific process and its principles. Understanding research in social sciences. Social science research planning and execution. Preparing a scientific research report.

Providing useful information and managerial tools for coping with disasters and mass casualty events. Presenting the differences between mass casualty events and mass disasters. Listing preparations, management and operational aspects at the various levels at the pre-hospital and hospital stage. We will deal with the three stages of coping – pre-event (preparation), event (management and organization) and post-event (debriefing, deriving and implementing conclusions, and rehabilitation). Methods for preparing the medical forces and generally coping with such situations.

The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the structure of Israel’s health systems. We will study

the structure and functionalities of ambulatory and hospital service providers, the structure of the Ministry of Health as a service provider, planner and auditor of Israel’s health system, the problems in system functionality and the expected changes, economic management of health systems and its achievements compared to the world’s developed countries.

We will study the health systems in Canada, Britain and the U.S., including the reform initiated by Obama (Obamacare). We will conduct a smaller review of health systems in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden – as an example for health systems in Scandinavia. Inter alia, we will address indices of economic efficiency, equality, availability and accessibility, as well as financing methods and medical staff remuneration. Presenting various global health system models while comparing their structure, functions and financing. Enabling students to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the various models while studying the reforms in the system and comparing them to the Israeli health system

Imparting skills on reading academic texts on health systems in English, revising language skills such as basic grammar and syntax as a tool for reading comprehension. Academic texts including research papers, acquiring knowledge of advanced medical and health system administration terminology in English.

Students will address practical problems embedded in health system management while implementing all of the theoretical material and methodologies learned throughout the curriculum. Students will be required to select, examine and thoroughly analyze an organization involved in health system management or answer a research question related to an organization, its functions, daily challenges, etc. The analysis tools will include, inter alia, the exposure to and introduction to the organization, including interviews with key position holders within the organization, compiling and analyzing statistical and other data relating to the organization and its business, legal and cultural environment, analyzing financial resources and the business model, identifying the organization’s strengths and weaknesses, and more.

Presenting major elements of mental health administration, focusing on the administrative implications derived of such issues in Israel and around the world, and: introduction to mental health in medical administration: emotional support for employees and PTSD prevention; manager, colleague and employee personality traits; psychological factors impacting organizations and employees. The course aims to provide a broad and in-depth understanding of developments in psychiatry as well as the conceptual and structural changes that they led to in Israel and worldwide. The course will provide students with tools relating to the mental aspects of medical management: Motivating employees and organizations, treating employees suffering from various mental problems, treating medical professionals suffering from mental problems, including prevention and therapy programs for emergency personnel at risk of developing PTSD.

Providing professional and managerial know-how on hospitals in Israel. The course focuses on general hospitals but also relates to mental health, ongoing illness and rehabilitation facilities. Students will learn about the hospital array in Israel; hospital service utilization patterns; recommended reforms; internal and external challenges facing the hospitals; interfaces with the rest of the health system; compensation and reward methods; concepts and tools for measuring and evaluating performance, and understanding the “rules of the game”, such as: competition, marketing, policy setting, priorities, balance, service, budget, work plan formulation as part of a changing approach and integration of a modern economic, managerial and business culture within the health systems.

Studying the historical progression of the human resources profession around the world since the Industrial Revolution and until the challenges of the future. Understanding the role of HR in organizations and their responsibilities. Issues of employee reward system management. Israeli health system professions and their characteristics. Customary employee employment and compensation methods in Israel’s health system, employers within the Israeli health system. Labor laws and relations in Israel.

Students will study aspects of medical, epidemiological, social-ethical and economic evaluation of medical technologies (drugs, devices and equipment) and their implications on policy setting within health systems. We will discuss issues of evaluating benefits, allocation mechanisms and cost cutting as well as professional and ethical dilemmas and decision making. Understanding the definition of medical technologies, studying methods and tools for assessing medical technologies, acquiring a basic understanding of the use of medical technologies as a decision making tool within the health system.

Presenting basic principles of medical risk management and treatment safety and their implementation within the health system in Israel. Addressing medical risk management and treatment safety from various perspectives: theoretical, legal, clinical and practical.

Introducing the theoretical and practical systems, principles and issues of logistic, operational and organizational health system management. We will discuss the various fields relating to managing the main operational and logistical arrays within organizations and the health system. Study of and acquaintance with current and future trends in health system operations and logistics.

The seminar project is intended to provide students with tools for reading and critically analyzing research articles and papers related to health system administration. The in-depth study of the selected topic will serve as a tool for analyzing research projects and articles on health system administration.

Community Clinic Management Imparting practical clinic management tools while focusing on various manager responsibilities. Presentation of the community clinic structure, clinic personnel and processes in various fields. We will focus on several major issues comprising elements of community clinic management, including details of various position holders within the clinic, use of information systems, clinic budgets and more. We will place an emphasis on the clinic’s administrative manager, including managerial routines, devising work plans, responsibility for service and sales, customer relations and more.

Description of the current status of promoting quality in medicine, in Israel and worldwide, while clarifying the somewhat concurrent terms of “guaranteeing and improving service” vs. “control”, “accreditation” and “risk management”. Students will study the topic of patient rights in Israel and its various implications. Introducing terms and procedures adopted from the industry. Students will review problems in integrating quality improvement measures, including human problems and the defensive/legal medicine approach.

The program addresses practical HR management perspectives and tools, managerial skills, labor relations and labor laws.

The program focuses on genetics, developmental psychology and biochemistry.

The program deals with gerontology (study of aging), legal aspects of the third age and managerial skills.

This course will allow students to get up close and personal with the health system in Israel as a whole and the functioning of Leumi Health Services in particular. Senior Leumi executives will teach the material and students will acquire the tools and methods fundamental to the operations of Israeli HMOs.

The primary goal of the course is for students to discover all relevant aspects of the operating structure of Israeli public hospitals: medicine, finance, and administration.

*EOE. The details of the program are subject to change.
**The list of courses may be updated in accordance with the curriculum at the start of the year.
***This is a structured system; optional courses are liable to be dispersed automatically and subject to change
based on available offerings only. The number of available courses is subject to the structure of the program.
****Courses will be opened subject to a minimum number of registered participants.

Registration and admission

Candidates will be accepted if they meet the following conditions:

During registration, candidates must submit the following documents:

  • Israeli matriculation certificate or alternately
  • A certificate of equivalence to the matriculation certificate from the Department of Degree and Diploma Evaluations at the Ministry of Education
  • Appendix of the psychometric exam
  • Full registration forms
  • A photocopy of the ID card, including appendix
  • Two passport photos
  • Tuition for the bachelor’s degree
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Academic staff

לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Prof. Zion Hagay, MD, MHA
Prof. Zion Hagay, MD, MHA
Head of Department
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Einat Zamwel
Dr. Einat Zamwel
Deputy Head of Department
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Galit Avidar
Dr. Galit Avidar
Deputy Head of Department
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Shai Moshel
Dr. Shai Moshel
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Prof. Nissim Alon
Prof. Nissim Alon
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Weinstein Gil
Weinstein Gil
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Segev Shani PhD, MHA, MBA, LLB
Segev Shani PhD, MHA, MBA, LLB
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Yaniv Moshe
Yaniv Moshe
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Moshe Federbush
Moshe Federbush
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Limor Meir
Limor Meir
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Ronit Mandelblit
Ronit Mandelblit
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Batami Sadan
Dr. Batami Sadan
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Philip Libman
Philip Libman
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Yannay Biu
Yannay Biu
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Yael Daniely
Yael Daniely
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Osnat Bashkin
Dr. Osnat Bashkin
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Limor Sagi
Dr. Limor Sagi
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Alexandr Tsimerman
Alexandr Tsimerman
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Tal Raveh
Tal Raveh
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Sonia Rada
Sonia Rada
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Mirit Sharon
Mirit Sharon
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Shoshana Savyon
Dr. Shoshana Savyon
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Yaron ben zakai
Yaron ben zakai
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Cheli Levi-Sahar
Cheli Levi-Sahar
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Eli Sasson
Eli Sasson
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Prof. Eyal Katvan
Prof. Eyal Katvan
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Avraham Ori
Avraham Ori
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Lior Gal
Dr. Lior Gal
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Emma Averbuch
Dr. Emma Averbuch
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות  Limor Cohen Ashkenazi, Adv
Limor Cohen Ashkenazi, Adv
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Etti Isler
Etti Isler
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות zik Biton
zik Biton
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Galia Hildesheimer
Dr. Galia Hildesheimer
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Hagit Ehrlichman Simsa
Dr. Hagit Ehrlichman Simsa
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Inon Haiman
Dr. Inon Haiman
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Moti Hagbi
Dr. Moti Hagbi
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Moshe Abramowitz, MD, MHA
Moshe Abramowitz, MD, MHA
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Avi Magid
Dr. Avi Magid

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