Health Care Management Concentration

The objective of the health care management concentration is to prepare MBA students for significant responsibilities as professional managers in health care organizations, including hospitals, long-term care facilities and insurance companies.

The combination of an MBA education with specialized training in health care management is a valuable asset to graduates seeking to contribute to an increasingly competitive, complex and demanding sector. The concentration focuses on filling needs for clinical leadership, innovative approaches to industry challenges, health analytics, health informatics and the tie between quality and cost.

Developed in direct response to a regional study that included face-to-face interviews with health care leaders, the concentration focuses on filling needs for clinical leadership, innovative approaches to industry challenges, health analytics, health informatics and the tie between quality and cost. The concentration also is important to the school's role in Realizing UB 2020 and enables the school to offer a defined cluster of classes for students working toward health science degrees—including MD, DDS, MPH, nursing and PharmD—or those already employed as clinicians or health care managers pursuing a Professional MBA.

Concentration requirements:

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The Health Care concentration requires five total courses (15 credits) MGH 641, MGH 642 and three electives from the list below:

MGH 633LEC Health Care Economics

Provides the student with the ability to apply economic reasoning to health care markets. Topics include discussion of the organization of the hospital, payment systems, costs and charges, markets for physician services, cost-effectiveness analysis, outcomes research, and health care reform.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
16301 A LEC T 6 - 8:50 p.m. Farber 180 Cao, Ying

MGH 643LEC Data Science Applications in Healthcare

The interdisciplinary course introduces students to data science and provides hands-on experience in using existing electronic health data. Interdisciplinary teams of students from the health professions will be paired with students from engineering, bioinformatics, geography, or management to develop research questions that can be answered using data science. Students must have a good understanding of the healthcare system, healthcare applications of informatics and graduate level statistics. Guest lecturers will be employed to show the diversity of disciplines using data science to improve health outcomes. This course is intended to prepare students to use data science in their dissertation or capstone research.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:
Pre-requisite: MGH 641


MGH 644LEC Healthcare Delivery Models

An industry-driven course that will outline how major providers and health insurance companies are changing the health care delivery network. The course will go through the entire health care delivery continuum, highlighting the experiences of local and regional firms. Each class will feature an industry speaker, and be completed with a case study on the same subject.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
22579 S1H LEC W 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Norton 209 Zielinski, Lawrence J

MGH 645LEC Transformative Applications in Health Care Management

This course is intended to introduce MBA students interested in Health Care Management to concepts that have unique applications to health care organizations, and that there is a very real chance they will encounter in the workplace. The topics selected are the result of research conducted with health care leaders in WNY. They represent skills and tools that managers must call upon for success in the changing environment of health care services.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
24657 F1H LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Talbrt 111 Rogers, Kenneth A.

MGH 648SEM Health Care Practicum

Credits: variable
Semesters offered: Fall 2017 | Spring 2018 | Summer 2017


Fall 2017 (12/07/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12276 F1H SEM UNSP Off Ca Arr Gardner, Carrie

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
14223 SIH SEM UNSP Off Ca Arr Gardner, Carrie

Summer 2017 (05/30/2017 - 08/18/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
10403 IH1 SEM UNSP Off Ca Arr Gardner, Carrie

MGH 632LEC Healthcare Strategy & Ops

This course covers the application of management knowledge and skills in the strategic guidance and operational direction of health systems service organizations. Attention is given to unique aspects of the challenge of managing the delivery of health services, particularly to such issues as managing relationships with medical staffs, regulatory bodies, other professional groups, and third party payers. The integration of management functions such as finance and accounting, marketing, human resources, and service production, amidst rapidly changing expectations will also be covered in assigned case analyses.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11541 S1H LEC R 6 - 8:40 p.m. Norton 218 Rogers, Kenneth A.

MGH 633LEC Health Care Economics

Provides the student with the ability to apply economic reasoning to health care markets. Topics include discussion of the organization of the hospital, payment systems, costs and charges, markets for physician services, cost-effectiveness analysis, outcomes research, and health care reform.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
16301 A LEC T 6 - 8:50 p.m. Farber 180 Cao, Ying

MGH 634LEC Health Policy in the US

Examines the potential role and recent use of epidemiological findings in formulating public health policy related to treatment and prevention of diseases, and health manpower issues. Focuses on epidemiological evidence for and against specific policy positions and implementations of public health measures.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
24234 F1H LEC M 3 - 5:50 p.m. Farber 182 Cao, Ying

MGH 647TUT Supervised Research

Credits: variable
Semesters offered: Fall 2017 | Spring 2018


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12449 F2H TUT ARR Arr Arr Zielinski, Lawrence J
12344 F1H TUT ARR Arr Arr Unknown

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11540 S1H TUT ARR Arr Arr Unknown

MGH 691SEM Topics Health Care Mgmt

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:


MGH 692SEM Topics Health Care Mgmt

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:


MGO 635LEC Healthcare Operations Management

In this course, we apply operations management tools to examine the health care value chain. In particular we will learn to analyze health care organizations using qualitative and quantitative principles of operations management, and develop solutions to common problems. The course is organized around four key modules: (1) designing health care delivery systems, (2) capacity planning and decision making under uncertainty, (3) process failure, learning and improvement, and (4) innovations in health care.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-requisite: MGO 620 or equivalent.


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
23295 S1O LEC TR 8 - 9:20 a.m. Capen 258 De Jong, Jurriaan L

MGS 632LEC Seminar in Health Information Systems

This course provides an exposure to Information Systems used in the delivery of healthcare. Specifically this course will introduce students to IT systems that are deployed at a variety of organizations such as Hospitals, Ambulatory Care, Home Health, Tele Health and Online communities to better understand how information is gathered, analyzed and disseminated. The course will include content relating to IS Effectiveness and Success, task-technology fit, IT Communications and Compliance, IT Risk modeling and assessment, business modeling of innovations in healthcare services and delivery, and business performance issues relating to the deployment of IT. The course focuses on how current and emerging technologies can be better utilized to improve access, quality of care and business efficiency.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12630 F1S LEC TR 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Jacobs B30 Sharman, Raj

MGS 634LEC Integrative approaches to Healthcare Management

This course provides managerial and strategic perspectives on improving the planning, deployment and delivery of healthcare services enabled by IT. Effective healthcare management requires innovative approaches that integrate people, processes and technologies in healthcare organizations and services. Whether in IT, finance, operations, marketing, or any other domain, aspiring leaders in the healthcare field need to understand the US healthcare system, and the opportunities and challenges arising from the healthcare information revolution, especially as it relates to patient safety, quality of healthcare, and profitability. This course will elucidate broader perspectives on creating and leading a variety of healthcare initiatives in our contemporary society.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
17926 S1S LEC T 2 - 4:50 p.m. Capen 260 Sharman, Raj

  • LAW 606: Introduction to Health Law
  • An equivalent course approved by the chair of the MBA/MS Program Committee