MPH/MBA

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
Total
26
15
2
43
Core courses
Electives
Practicum
Total
27
24
3
54

MPH/MBA Collaborative Program

Search School of Management courses and descriptions.

First Year

Fall Semester

MGA 603LEC Financial Acctg for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGB 610LEC Organizational Behavior

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGB 611LEC Team Skills

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGF 611LEC Fin Analysis for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGO 658LEC Entrepreneurship Foundations

This course will expose students to entrepreneurship in the context of the individual entrepreneur as well as taking the idea of entrepreneurial thinking into the environment of larger corporations. We will first experience what it takes to create a start-up; briefly examining the process of real-life entrepreneurs have used to move from having the "big idea" to the eventual company launch. During this time, we will explore the importance of teams, the process of risk mitigation, the concept of "fail-fast," the need for a relentless focus on customer buy-in and the important process of spiraling iteration. Next, we will move our focus to applying entrepreneurial thinking within the large corporate environment; considering the importance of entrepreneurial development within a company as a sustainable competitive advantage. And finally, we will look at individuals and companies that use their business skills to create innovative solutions to specific societal problems (social entrepreneurship). Together, we will discover the mindset that many entrepreneurs share.

Credits: 1.50
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGG 635LEC Management Communications

The purpose of this course is to emphasize the importance of effective communication techniques in an organizational setting and to provide grounding in communication skills. Team communication skills are also emphasized. Students will have the opportunity to understand leadership and communication strategies, and develop their writing skills through several assignments and class activities. Focus will be placed on improving students¿ ability to communicate clearly, logically and effectively. Students will have the opportunity to develop oral skills primarily through active learning.

Credits: 1.50
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGM 615LEC Marketing for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGQ 608LEC Statistical Analysis for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGQ 609LEC Analytics for Managers

This course serves as a companion course for (and is taken in conjunction with) Statistical Analysis for Managers.

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Spring Semester

MGA 605LEC Acctg for Mgmt Decision Making

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603


MGE 604LEC Business Economics

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


MGO 620LEC Operations Management

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603 And MGF 611


MGO 640LEC Business Strategy

Business Strategy

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603 And MGF 611 And MGM 615


MGS 605LEC Information Technology for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Co-Requisite: MGO 630 Or Pre-Requisite: MGO 630


 • 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 642LEC Capstone: Integration of Business Functions

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640


MGO 644LEC Business Practice

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640 And MGO 642


 • 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)

GMAT and GRE

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).