Record Growth Makes Health Sector Management Program Inside Healthcare’s New Cover Story

in Health Sector, School
October 14th, 2010

From Inside Healthcare, September 2010

From Inside Healthcare, September 2010

If you want to know “what’s being taught to the next generation of physician leaders,” the magazine Inside Healthcare will point you to Boston University.

For their September 2010 cover story, “Practical Assignment,” they write, “Hearing that enrollment at the Health Sector Management Program [HSM] at Boston University’s School of Management has tripled in the last five years, we wanted to know why. More importantly, we wanted to know what topics are being emphasized during this chaotic time for health care.”

The magazine goes on to interview Mark Allan, faculty director of the HSM program, about what distinguishes the School of Management’s health sector curriculum, why it has become a model in the education industry, and how it equips tomorrow’s game-changers to navigate crucial health care challenges across the globe:

“Hearing that enrollment at the Health Sector Management Program at Boston University’s School of Management has tripled in the last five years, we wanted to know why.”

“Allan believes an MBA in health sector management better meets the needs of today’s managers and leaders. ‘Business models, the flow of funds, and the self-interests of parties all have a dominant role in how services are structured and delivered,’ said Allan. ‘We want our program participants to develop both the capacity to be highly effective managers in action and to understand the underlying business issues…The entire sector is represented in the classroom.  When there’s interaction around issues and trends, the…class itself represents the whole health world,’ he said.”

Besides covering the HSM curriculum’s comprehensive approach to the business realities structuring today’s health sector initiatives, the article lauds other program fundamentals: its focus on health IT, change management, and business model creation; the flexibility provided by such options as the dual degree MD/MBA and the Professional Evening MBA health sector offering; and especially the attention paid to global health challenges.

“The entire sector is represented in the classroom. When there’s interaction around issues and trends, the student class itself represents the whole health world.”

“The US is already being shown up by countries like India when it comes to high-volume, high-quality specialty care,” Inside Healthcare reports. “Allan said that’s why he has a passionate interest in global health that has become part of the MBA program….He [also] anticipates the next trend [in the US] will be a move toward cost benefit analysis. ‘This is widely used in the UK but has been a third-rail issue in the US….We would like people getting an education here to understand the implications of these trends—elements that are not a direct force in this country yet but…are likely to emerge over time. We want our students to recognize these shifts as opportunities.’”

Read the full article: “Practical Assignment,” by Jill Rose, Inside Healthcare, September 2010: 14-16.