The objective of the health care management concentration is to prepare MBA students for significant responsibilities as professional managers in healthcare organizations, including hospitals, long-term care facilities and insurance companies. The combination of an MBA education with specific training in health care management is a valuable asset to graduates seeking to contribute to managerial competence in an increasingly competitive, complex and demanding sector.
This concentration is a direct response to the findings of a regional study, “Graduate Health Care Management Program Market Analysis” commissioned by the School of Management in summer 2012. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 27 health care leaders; following these interviews, the report recommended the development of a health care concentration within the MBA program. The concentration focuses on filling the needs for clinical leadership, innovative approaches to industry challengers, health analytics, health informatics and the tie between quality and cost.
The reinvigoration of an MBA concentration in health care is also important to the school’s role in Realizing UB 2020, which includes health as one of four key themes of the plan’s academic strategy. The concentration enables the school to offer a defined cluster of classes for students working toward health science professional degrees, including MD, DDS, MPH, Nursing and Pharm.D, or for those already employed as clinicians or health care managers who are pursuing the PMBA.
• Complete three required classes (9 credit hours total):
o MGH 641: The Business of Health Care
o MGH 642: Innovators in Health Care
o MGS 632: Seminar in Health Information Systems
• Select and complete two of the following for full-time MBA students and one for PMBA students (each course is 3 credit hours):
o MGS 634: Integrative Approaches to Health Care Management
o MGH 648: Health Care Practicum (internship)
o MGH 632: Health Care Strategy and Operations
o MGH 633: Health Care Economics
o MGH 634: Health Policy in the U.S.
o LAW 606: Introduction to Health Law
o MGH 647: Supervised Research
o An equivalent course approved by the chair of the MBA/MS Program Committee