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Trailblazing business school appoints another health leader

Another industry leader has been appointed at the world's first health-dedicated business school at University College London (UCL), further bolstering its staff’s academic and healthcare expertise offering.

Professor Simcha Jong has been made the Director of DBA Health, a professional doctorate degree designed specifically for leaders within the health sector. The programme, and the school itself, brings scholars from a range of different research spaces together with health professionals from every part of industry.

Professor Jong served at UCL’s School of Management for 10 years between 2006 and 2016 and was most recently a Visiting Professor at the Global Business School for Health, where he will assume his new full-time role from June this year.

The school says that candidates will be those wanting to establish themselves as recognised thought leaders in their field, and people who are already a few years into their careers, potentially already holding an MBA or MSc qualification. Most, however, will come from senior management positions with experience in leadership roles, or entrepreneurs with business backgrounds.

Professor Jong said: “The DBA Health enables participants to become thought leaders in a particular area within the life sciences sector, providing the academic tools to develop ideas through an academically rigorous process.

“The pandemic highlighted the challenges we face within global healthcare. In one course on digital transformation and innovation, I explore health systems using the most advanced, cutting-edge tech compared to countries struggling most with the integration of tech. Technology has potential for addressing global healthcare challenges but we need social systems that can deliver on the promise of this tech."

The UCL Global Business School for Health’s Director, Professor Nora Colton, authored an article in our latest online magazine explaining the particulars of the DBA Health course as well as the school’s overall aims and objectives.

Click here to read her account and many more from industry leaders across the health and care sector.

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