Course Overview

The UCT GSB Executive Leadership in Global Surgery Course aims to enable leaders in healthcare in the public, private and voluntary sectors to become change agents within their context. Participants will be taught to design and lead evidence-based projects and programmes that improve surgical outcomes in their respective organisations, and countries, influencing surgical healthcare on a large-scale basis.

What you will walk away with

  • Knowledge to implement global surgery projects and programmes through supporting and driving innovation. *Gaining clear understanding on how to apply key concepts in global surgery, surgical health systems, innovation and leadership
  • Evaluating surgical systems to identify problems that can be addressed through policy and specific interventions at a facility level
  • Design, introduce and scale-up appropriate surgical interventions within broader health systems, including political and financial considerations
  • Participate effectively within an international network of global surgeons and practitioner

Transform Healthcare Leadership

Embark on a transformative journey to become a pivotal change agent in healthcare through our meticulously crafted Executive Leadership in Global Surgery Course at UCT GSB. Tailored for leaders across public, private, and voluntary domains within the healthcare sector, this programme is designed for those who aspire to elevate surgical outcomes and shape the global landscape of surgical healthcare through evidence-based strategies. Dive into our comprehensive course overview to unearth the essential knowledge and skills needed for effectively designing and leading impactful projects and programmes.

Additional Course Information

Module Breakdown

Curriculum Overview

Module 1
Global Surgery Foundations
  • Introduction to Global Surgery
  • Health Systems Strengthening
  • Introduction to leadership
Module 2
  • Principles of innovation
  • Targeted versus Systems Level Innovation (ecosystem mapping)
  • Asset Mapping
  • Integrating Innovations into the Global Surgery Context
Module 3
  • Systems Thinking
  • Introduction to Advocacy and Community Engagemen
  • Introduction to Bureaucracy and public policy
Module 4
Resource management
  • Leadership vs Management
  • Management Principles
  • Project management
  • Global Surgery ethics
  • Models of improvement
Module 5
  • Change Management
  • Global Advocacy
  • Global Diplomacy

Minimum Requirements:

  • National Senior Certificate, NQF 4 or equivelant
  • English proficiency

Who should apply:

  • Leaders in the public, private and voluntary healthcare sectors involved in surgical care
  • Executives and administrators who can impact system change as policymakers

Block Dates:

  • Online pre-work: 12 February 2024 – 23 February 2024
  • 5 days Face-to-face: 26 February 2023 – 01 March 2024
  • Project implementation: March 2024 – May 2024
  • Project evaluation and reporting: June 2024
  • Presentation and certification: 12 July 2024 (Hybrid)

What our alumni say

Learn with the best

Our Internationally acclaimed researchers and teachers are all dedicated and gifted individuals who contribute directly to UCT GSB's reputation of excellence.

Dr Charmaine Cunningham
Dr Charmaine Cunningham

Course Convenor

Charmaine Cunningham is a lecturer at UCT.
Ms Tarryn Mentoor
Ms Tarryn Mentoor

Client Liaison Officer

Tarryn is a seasoned sales & marketing professional with over 8 years of experience in the higher education short course industry.
Mr Jodie Martin
Mr Jodie Martin

Head: Executive Education

Jodie Martin is the Executive Education Head of Department where he leads and supports our world-class Executive Education delivery team.


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The UCT GSB's Breakwater Campus is situated in the heart of Cape Town's most popular tourist attraction, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Centrally located and easily accessed, the UCT GSB is just 1.5km away from the central business district and 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.

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Certificate of completion

Flights & accommodation costs are not included.

The course is a non-credit-bearing course delivered at the equivalent of an NQF 8 postgraduate level of study.

The course is accredited through UCT, which is a registered public higher education institution with the Council on Higher Education (CHE). Each programme is accredited through an internal UCT quality assurance process, as delegated by the CHE, ensuring the excellent quality of our offering.
In short, this course does not refer to NQF levels.



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