2012 – Approval of the Proposal for the Professional Master’s Program in Organizational Management in Health (OMH) by CAPES with grade 4.
2013 – First admission process
2017 – CAPES Quadrennial Evaluation – maintained grade 4.
2018 – From the beginning, the Program had a growing demand, with an annual average of 19 defenses for master’s dissertations.
The incorporation and management of new techniques, technologies, and procedures demand skilled professionals, and, in this context, and health economics and management currently rely on scarce human resources.
The technical and scientific training of health professionals sometimes does not provide the suitable qualifications for the management of health programs and institutions, leading to poor administrations with the adoption of unsuitable public health policy strategies. On the other hand, professionals trained in the area of management and economics, in general, do not understand the social impact of health programs and institutions, often generating conflicts with professionals in this area about the dynamics of a system guided by ethical and humanistic issues, whose management cannot be seen as an income-generating company. Therefore, the training of human resources for health management has been a real challenge for higher education institutions.
Several factors have contributed to this issue such as the diversity of health management models that can be found in the country: public, private, public-private mix, philanthropic, social organizations, and others.
Concerning the management of hospital institutions, some problems have arisen regarding the maintenance costs and the incorporation of new technologies that are often unnecessary. The precariousness of information about market demands leads organizations to misuse resources, putting the system’s sustainability at risk. These facts indicate the lack of professionalization in the management of these organizations, which requires the market with qualified professionals.
There has been a constant concern, including from international organizations, such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), to develop strategies for training human resources for the hospital sector and other health services based on programs resulting from joint efforts between the areas of health and business administration to adequately meet the needs of the health systems.
The problems arising from the poor management of health services affect not only the government, but also private, philanthropic, and other institutions. The jargon that “health is priceless” has always prevailed. This saying is applied to a single individual, but it cannot be applied to collective health.
Therefore, adjustments have been made in public and private management to allow more comprehensive access to these services. To achieve these objectives, resources need to be managed efficiently and, in this context, the role of the manager is crucial to make the resources available have a greater effect on health promotion and the effectiveness of prevention programs.