UCL health-focused business school hires director for new MBA Health

The new UCL Global Business School for Health (UCL GBSH) has launched an MBA focused on health and healthcare management with Dr Julie Davies at the helm as programme director.


A qualified executive coach and psychometric assessor, Dr Davies has significant senior leadership experience in business and management education. Previously a Reader at Manchester Metropolitan, she has also delivered the Open University’s MBA for over 25 years.


Dr Davies is also no stranger to the health sector. A trustee of Kirkwood Hospice, her current research includes projects on early pregnancy endings at work and transitions of advanced clinical practitioners. Most recently, she has led research projects funded by Erasmus and Health Education England and she was content adviser for the UN Women Second Chance Education Programme for Chile and Jordan. Also, while working in human resources for the NHS in central London, Dr Davies was seconded to the change development team for the opening of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.


Dr Davies says,


I am delighted to be joining the UCL GBSH and launching its MBA Health programme. This is an exciting time to be re-imagining global healthcare management. I am looking forward to working in state-of-the-art facilities on the UCL East campus with students, colleagues, world-class experts, and other health and social care and business partners on live projects focused on the UN’s sustainable development goal of improving good health and well-being.


On the MBA Health programme, students will gain the knowledge of a traditional MBA while focusing on the practical application of leadership and management skills in health care. This includes a consultancy project working with a health sector client and a Global Health Project where students travel to a low- or middle-income country to devise solutions to a health system problem.


Highly committed to continuing professional development and lifelong learning, Dr Davies has earned a PhD in strategic management at Warwick University, completed an MBA and MA in Education, and has a law degree and a first degree in modern languages. She has also facilitated executive education workshops in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and Russia, in public, private, and non-profit sectors.


Applications for the MBA Health programme are currently open, with the programme starting in September 2022.