The School of Management and the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University at Buffalo offer a collaborative program leading to both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree (Health Services Administration concentration only).

Its purpose is to facilitate an integrated course of study that prepares students for high-level management careers in health care organizations and agencies. The program involves three years of study, with a total of 97 credit hours. The time required will be one semester to one year less than would be required to pursue the degrees separately.

Students will apply to both programs at the same time, although on each application they will indicate that they are applying to the other and that they intend to pursue the collaborative program. Administrators of the two programs will coordinate their reviews of the applications and will make every effort to respond to the applicant at the same time regarding the decision of their application. Each school will apply the same admissions requirements and standards that prevail for its other applicants.  The School of Management will accept either the GMAT or GRE and SPHHP requires the GRE.

Total Hour Requirements

SPHHP Credits School of Management Credits
SPHHP core courses
SPHHP electives
SPHHP project
Core courses

MPH/MBA Collaborative Program

First Year

  • Fall Semester
    • MGA 603 Financial Accounting for Managers (2 credits) 
    • MGB 610 Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
    • MGB 611 Team Skills (1 credit)
    • MGF 611 Financial Analysis for Managers (2 credits)
    • MGO 658 Foundations in Entrepreneurship (1.5 credits)
    • MGG 635 Management Communications (1.5 credits)
    • MGM 615  Marketing for Managers (2 credits)
    • MGQ 608 Statistical Analysis for Managers (2 credits)
    • MGQ 609 Analytics for Managers (1 credit)
  • Spring Semester
    • MGA 605 Accounting for Management Decision Making (2 credits)
    • MGE 604 Business Economics (2 credits)
    • MGO 620 Operations Management (2 credits)
    • MGO 640 Business Strategy (2 credits)
    • MGS 605 It Management (2 credits)
    • MGT electives (6 credits) 

Second Year

  • Fall Semester
    • MGT electives (6 credits)
    • EEH 501 Principles of Epidemiology (4 credits)
    • EEH 530/MGH 631 Intro to Health Care Organizations (3 credits applied to both areas)
    • STA 527 Introduction to Medical Statistics (4 cedits)
  • Spring Semester
    • MGO 642 Integration of Business Functions (1 credit)
    • MGO 644 Business Practice (1 credit)
    • MGT electives (12 credits)
    • SPHHP Elective (3 credits)
  • Summer Semester
    • School of Management Practicum/MPH field experience (3 credits)*

Third Year

  • Fall Semester
    • CHB 501 Study of Health Behaviors (3 credits)
    • CHB 523 Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits) 
    • EEH 590 Public Health Seminar (0 credit) 
    • EEH 630 Integrative Project (2 credits)
  • Spring Semester
    • EEH 531 Administrative Theory and Practice (3 credits)
    • EEH 520 Biological Basis of Public Health (3 credits)
    • EEH 532 Financial Management for Public Health Practitioners (3 credits)
    • EEH 550 Environmental Health (3 credits)
    • EEH 590 Public Health Seminar (0 credit) 
    • SPHHP Elective (3 credits)
    • SPHHP Elective (3 credits)

*The School of Management Practicum will satisfy the requirement of the MPH Program for a field experience. The school will make its resources available to help place students in appropriate venues, and it will provide academic oversight of the students’ activities and deliverables. SPHHP will collaborate with the school in identifying and evaluating appropriate venues for these experiences and in developing appropriate criteria for assessing student work.

Note: SPHHP electives include the following (others may be added): 

  • EEH 534 Management for Public Health Professionals
  • EEH 538 Intro to Health Economics (also MGH 633)
  • EEH 540 Epidemiology and Health Policy (also MGH 634)
  • EEH 632 Strategic and Operations Management (also MGH 632)


All MBA applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the GRE but the MPH admissions committee requires the GRE so we recommend the GRE to avoid having to take both exams. Applicants should review admissions requirements.

Click here for MPH combined degree requirements. Please note that the MPH admission requirements include the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).