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Master's Degree in Management of Health and Social Establishments - year 1

  • Initial training - continuing education
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Work-linked training

Presentation of the training

The Master's Degree in Management of Health and Social Establishments (MESS), registered with the RNCP and eligible for the CPF, is organised on a work-study basis and is open to both initial and continuing training. The MESS Master's Degree trains in management and leadership in the health and social sector and defends the human values of this sector: good treatment, benevolence, solidarity, mutual aid, freedom, tolerance, equality, respect .

The MESS Master's Degree is part of the necessary evolution of the health and social sector (laws of 2002, 2005, 2009, 2015). The rapid changes in their institutional and legal environment require the provision of specific methodological axes of analysis and management for managers in this sector. The methods and tools provided in this Master's programme, as well as the fields of expertise it develops, enable access to positions of responsibility in establishments that cater for the public in the field of health, social or medico-social monitoringing policies.

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  • Target audience

    This training is available to candidates in initial and continuing education.

  • Skills

    At the end of the two years of the MESS Master's Degree, the graduate is able to coordinate all the activities of their or her institution in order to guarantee a better change of users.

    To this end, they are able to :

    • respect the rights of users and master the main principles of civil responsibility; carry out, conduct and control studies aimed at improving the economic efficiency, social and ethical performance of its structure;
    • design, implement and update an establishment project, taking into account the constraints and coordinating the different actors of the project;
    • develop strategies adapted to the internal and external context of its establishment;
    • set up, monitoring and evaluate innovative projects based on the pooling of resources and skills;
    • manage and assess the risks of its institution and to draw up and update the Single Risk Assessment Document (SRAD);
    • build and manage the quality approach;
    • anticipate and manage a crisis in the institution;
    • supervise the actions of their department, leading their work teams and motivating their staff. know how to listen to and integrate the points of view of their employees;
    • produce a high level of communication while nuancing the construction of reports and notes according to the sensitivity of the receivers;
    • negotiate with the regulatory authorities and to meet all regulatory requirements;
    • negotiate with the various internal and external stakeholders;
    • analyze the various accounting documents;
    • to build and manage a provisional budget, but also to calculate and correct differences between forecasts and actuals.
  • Organization of the training

    This Master's Degree is organized in alternating periods: 1 week of courses/3 weeks in an establishment (professionalization contract, internship or employment).
    The duration of presence in the institution must be a minimum of 23 weeks. The missions entrusted to the students must be in line with the responsibilities assigned to the Manager of the institution.

    The academic and professional lecturers of the MESS Master's Degree program combine various teaching methods : theoretical presentations, case studies, role-playing, role-playing and exchanges, allowing the student to become an actor in their or her training. Indeed, the transfer of knowledge is based on teaching situations similar to those encountered at work.

  • Content of the training

    Semester 1:

    Organizational Management (6 ECTS)
    The fundamentals of management
    Tools and quality approach
    Project of establishment or service in the health and social sector (6 ECTS)
    Project methodology applicable to the management procedure of the establishment or service project.
    Legal and institutional environment of institutions in the health and social sector (9 ECTS)
    Actors and governance in the health and social sector
    Comparative health systems Criminal labour law-Management of People (6 ECTS)
    Team Management
    Management and prevention of psychosocial risks
    English (3 ECTS)

    Semester 2:

    Accounting (6 ECTS)
    General accounting
    Cost accounting
    Project Management (6 ECTS)
    Applied research method
    Tutored projects
    Strategic management of organizations (6 ECTS)
    Strategic Steering EHS Marketing
    Building your professional project (12 ECTS)
    Methodology of memory
    Internship and dissertation

  • Further education and job opportunities

    Further education:

    Opportunities :

    At the end of the two years, this Master's Degree prepares students for the position of Manager of an establishment (private or public) in the medical, medico-social and social sectors. The holder of the MESS Master's Degree may also hold management positions, be in charge of a partner service in the health and social sector, or be in charge of a health network or social network for people in difficulty, or be a project manager or consultant.

  • Admission requirements

    Admission is subject to application and individual interview.

  • Partnerships & training highlights

    Examples of training highlights :

    • MESS Conference: bringing together students, professionals and researchers to discuss issues related to the management and running of health and social institutions.
    • Job Dating MESS
    • MESS Seminars
    • Meetings with representatives of groups and non-for-profit organizations in the health and social sector


The MESS Master's degree is a quality, dynamic course taught by dedicated professors. A subtle assembly of students in continuing and initial training who bring added value to the training by sharing knowledge and experience, and who lead to an exchange in a collaborative network of sustainable mutual aid and a position of Director. The training advocates participatory management by example and highlights the intrinsic values of the individual by sharing the human values of employees in the health, social and medico-social sector. Thank you for this sharing.

Executive assistant - Association AIDERA Var
Master's degree Health and Social establishments Management - year 2
Promotion 2020-2021

The master's degree has great strengths: the lectures by professionals, the numerous group work, the diversity of the students. If I were to give some advice to future students: realise how lucky you are to be trained by professionals, take advantage of the work-study programme to apply what you have learned, debate with other students, share your ideas, take a step back, reflect, learn, and above all, drive the changes that seem good to you. The master's programme made me understand the importance of teamwork, communication between professionals and the impact of a manager's behaviour on his teams. Today I am an autonomy planner: autonomy counsellor for families with loved ones in loss of autonomy. [...]

Autonomie planner - Les Autonomies Planners (Aix)
Master's degree Health and Social establishments Management - year 2
Class of 2014-2016

The Master MESS fits perfectly into my professional project. Indeed, this very comprehensive training promotes individualized contact between students and the teaching team. The various courses, modules and lectures given by specialists in the sector allow a more relevant understanding of the professional environment and the ability to apply the theoretical aspect of the training to the reality of our structures.

Executive Assistant - Groupe Domitys (Ajaccio)
Master's degree Health and Social establishments Management - year 2
Class of 2017-2019

The MESS training at the age of 47 was extra-ordinary: meeting with these young students sweeping the gaps in age, culture, universe, going through a world health crisis leading us to leave each other too quickly but linked by social networks to share our experiences in our different sectors, from health to medico-social, accompanied by a serious, competent teaching team, listening to its students in a new context.

Director of the children with disabilities division
Master's degree Health and Social establishments Management - year 2
Promotion 2019-2020


Pedagogical Manager :

Khaled Sabouné
In charge of corporate relations and continuing education
Lecturer | Academic Director of Master's degree programs : Health and Social establishments Manageme Year 1-2

Schooling Service :

Sandrine Fournier
Master's degree program Registrar : MESS (Year 1-2) | MAP, DMPCT, MCP, ANMT (Year 2)

Apprenticeship Office :

Rim Dupuis
Apprenticeship Development Officer