MBA/MPH in Health Care Management
Patrick Gallagher, Health Sector MBA/MPH ’10.
Patrick Gallagher, Health Sector MBA/MPH candidate, talks about how his interests in entrepreneurship and healthcare led him to BU’s MBA program. Gallagher speaks about the importance of being in Boston along with BU’s growing international reputation.
The Master of Business Administration / Master of Public Health in Health Care Management is administered jointly by the School of Public Health (SPH) and the School of Management (SMG). The goal of this rigorous program is to provide students with a solid foundation in both management and public health in an integrated, structured curriculum that focuses on the US health care system.
The program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to formulate sound, innovative solutions to complex problems in the health care system. Students examine the link between health policy and effective management, incorporating studies in health program administration and organization, health policy and planning, and financial analysis for health care.
Graduates expand their perspective of the public health care systems and gain the knowledge and skills they need to be effective and efficient managers in this field.
The dual degree requires completion of a total of 80 credits, 43 from SMG and 36 credits in residence at the School of Public Health. The remaining one credit required for the degree is a free electives and can be chosen from the graduate-level course offerings at either SMG or the School of Public Health, and will most likely consist of a 1-credit SPH Directed Study. Sixteen of the 36 SPH credits must be from the Health Policy and Management Department.
|FIRST YEAR FALL (18 Credits)||FIRST YEAR SPRING (18-21 Credits)||SUMMER (0-6 Credits)||SECOND YEAR FALL (18-21 Credits)||SECOND YEAR SPRING (17-20 Credits)|
|ES700 Executive Presentations (1 Credit)||ES701 Executive Written Communications (1 Credit)||
Required HSM Internship
MPH core Courses:
EH717 Introduction to Environmental Health (3 credits)
EP713 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits)
|ES743 Career Community III (1 Credits)||
MPH core courses:
|ES740 Career Management (2 Credits)||PL700 Introduction to Business Law (2 Credits)||
MPH core course:
|HSM Elective (3 Credits)|
|ES741 Career Community I (0 Credits)||ES742 Career Community II (0 Credits)||HM710 Health Service Delivery: Strategies, Solutions, and Execution (3 Credits)||Elective in either school- typically a Directed Study at SPH
|OB713 Managing Organizations and People (3 Credits)||IS710 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 Credits)|
|FE721 Financial Management (3 Credits)||OM725 Creating Value Through Operations and Technology (3 Credits)|
|MK723 Marketing Management (3 Credits)||FE727 Economics and Management Decisions (3 Credits)|
|AC710 Financial Reporting and Control (3 Credits)||SI750 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (3 Credits)|
|QM716 Data Analysis for Managerial Decision-Making (3 Credits)||HM703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities (3 Credits)|
Note: The dual degree curriculum is designed to be completed over 5 semesters, including one summer, which generates summer tuition charges. In the fall and spring semesters of the 2nd year, students will be given a tuition-neutral overload of 19 credits in each semester. Students who wish to reduce their summer credit load may petition to overload up to 22 credits in the fall and/or spring semesters of their 2nd year, but may be expected to pay the resulting additional tuition charges accrued for that semester.
Master of Business Administration
Learning in the MBA program is heavily experience and team-based, emphasizing the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy (particularly analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in the cognitive realm), and cuts across traditional educational categories. In the first semester of the full time program, student teams are formed and engage in projects that combine application of content from multiple courses, culminating in competitive presentations and products. There is also a major simulation carried out by a separate set of teams that lasts several days and mimics iterative decision-making in the real world. Courses are heavily interactive, and cases are widely used in the classroom.
MBA Learning Goals
The learning goals of the MBA program have been adopted by the MBA Program Development Committee as the competencies all graduates of the program should attain. From these learning goals the program has developed measurable objectives, which are regularly assessed and results are fed back into the curricular process.
Specifically, the learning goals of Boston University’s MBA program are as follows:
- We develop graduates with self-awareness and strong career management skills
- We develop graduates who can apply integrative leadership, have strong communication skills, and can perform well and contribute appropriately on teams
- We develop graduates who understand the strategic implications and application of technology within business
- We develop graduates who possess a management-systems perspective. Graduates will have an understanding of core, functional, business knowledge; and will be able to successfully apply critical and analytical thinking within a management-systems perspective
- We develop graduates who possess an ethical, global, perspective
Accomplished public health professionals are in great demand in today’s job market. Equally important are well-equipped managers who are both efficient and effective.
This degree is appropriate for students who are interested in high-impact careers as managers of health care organizations, as analysts for public or private organizations involved in the financing, delivery, or evaluation of health care services, or at health care consulting firms such as KPMG and John Snow.
Applicants interested in the joint MBA/MPH in Health Care Management must submit completed applications to both the School of Public Health and SMG at the same time. Interested students may not apply for the dual degree once they have begun the MPH. However, students who are enrolled in their first semester of the full-time MBA program may seek enrollment in the MPH program as a dual-degree student.
Please see the application process page for the School of Public Health and the School of Management for more information. Regardless of the deadline you choose to meet, if not yet enrolled in Boston University’s MBA program, please be sure to submit your applications to each school at the same time. To view required essays and the admissions checklist for the School of Management, visit the Admissions Process page.