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 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.