MBA/MHSA Joint Degree Program
The MBA/MHSA joint degree is designed to accommodate the career needs of health care professionals. Students are prepared for managing a patient focused organization in an ever changing and increasingly complex business. The program accommodates both current health care professionals who wish to establish themselves as partners with the business staff in the health care environment and business professionals currently in or moving into the health care environment.
The joint degree program is offered cooperatively between the College of Health Professions, which awards the MHSA degree, and the College of Business Administration, which awards the MBA. It is designed for clinicians and others with minimal formal business training, including doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians, medical office staff, etc. For the non-health care professional, the joint degree provides additional study about the health care environment, providing a stronger basis for obtaining employment in health care business setting. Health care practitioners need knowledge and experience beyond clinical expertise to manage effectively at the enterprise level
- There is a growing need for clinical credibility combined with managerial and administrative excellence
- Effective management in a health care environment requires an understanding of health care policy and reimbursement, financial principles and best practices for marketing, operations and information technology
- An MBA establishes clinicians as full partners with business staff in preparing to operate in a changing health care environment
The MBA Program is fully accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Organized in 1916, AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. For more information about AACSB International, go to:
UDM's MBA Program is one of the oldest AACSB-accredited programs in the United States. In 2009, the program celebrated 60 years of accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. UDM's MBA Program is the only private program in Michigan with AACSB International accreditation.