UK announces new Healthcare MBA program


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LEXINGTON — In order to meet the heightened demands of the health care work environment, the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky is offering a brand new Healthcare MBA program.

Similar in its structure to the Professional MBA program, the Healthcare MBA curriculum has been specifically tailored for health care professionals, providing a strong foundation for a graduate to excel in value-based health care and value-based reimbursement.

“Health care leaders are facing serious challenges in addressing the requirements of clinical medicine and effective business strategies,” said Harvie Wilkinson, director of Gatton College MBA programs. “The Gatton Healthcare MBA and Healthcare Graduate Certificate are designed to give students the business knowledge and training necessary to meet today’s health care management challenges.”

Students in the Healthcare MBA program will study and learn together in health care-specific class sections that will provide them the opportunity to apply what they learn back in their workplace on a daily basis. By learning from top-notch professors and health care industry leaders, students will emerge from the program with enhanced preparation for career advancement in the health care industry.

“What I’ve learned the most is the language of business, which, as a physician, you may think you know, but you don’t,” said Dr. Bernard Boulanger, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at the MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio, and former chief medical officer at UK HealthCare. “When I sit down with finance people and other leaders, I understand the conversation now, and in the past, that wasn’t always the case. Just like in any field, you have to learn the language. A Gatton MBA with a healthcare concentration provided that strong foundation for me and the new program’s curriculum makes it even more advantageous for participants.”

Since the working health care professional’s life is fast-paced and demanding, the program can be completed at a pace that works best for you.

The health care-specific courses that encompass the Healthcare MBA are also being offered in a stand-alone Healthcare Graduate Certificate. Students have the option to take these courses as a stand-alone certificate over the course of three semesters, or complete the seven additional MBA courses to achieve the Healthcare MBA. The UK MBA program is now accepting applications for the Healthcare MBA and Professional MBA programs.

For more information on how to apply and admissions requirements for the new HealthCare MBA and Healthcare Graduate Certificate, contact Christopher Carney, director of MBA recruitment for the Gatton College at christopher.carney@uky.edu or Harvie Wilkinson, director of MBA Programs at harviewilkinson@uky.edu.

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