Graduate Program in Health Management
Dual Degree Program
The Haas School of Business and the School of Public Health offer a 2 1/2-year MBA/MPH concurrent degree program. In this highly rated program, students take courses in both schools and receive a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) and a Master's in Public Health (MPH). In 2010, the Berkeley MBA was ranked #7, while the MPH program was ranked #9 by US News & World Report.
The MPH gives students an excellent background in statistics, epidemiology, health systems, and policy/regulatory environments. The MBA provides background in accounting, finance, economics, and other fields essential to management. The combination of the two degrees ensures that students are truly prepared for a long and successful career in health management. The program is unique in that the integration between the two degrees is real and not just on paper. The Graduate Program in Health Management (GPHM) works closely with students and faculty from both schools to assure a relatively seamless, integrated program of study.
Students come to the program with an average of five years of health-related work experience, and have made a substantial commitment to the industry by entering the 2 1/2-year program. Leveraging the specialized curriculum and the opportunity to do two summer internships, graduates of the dual degree program are prepared for leadership roles. During the dual degree program's 27-year history, graduates have gone on to hold senior management positions in biotechnology, health technology and medical device firms, pharmaceuticals, managed care and insurance companies, consulting firms, healthcare delivery systems, and international development agencies. Some have gone on to start their own firms. The breadth of the program enables students to pursue a myriad of career opportunities across the healthcare spectrum.
GPHM believes that a well-rounded, holistic education in management and policy issues in the health industry is the best training for tomorrow's leaders. Consequently, the MBA/MPH dual degree is designed to provide students with a holistic view of health and healthcare. The program's curriculum is in sync with the broader global debate on how national and private health systems should be designed, paid for, and delivered. Health management classes encourage discussion by comparing diverse and often contradictory perspectives across the health industry.
Students pursue their specific interests within the broader health industry by taking targeted classes and participating in extracurricular activities, for example:
- Students interested in learning how biotechnology innovation succeeds in the marketplace chose the Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology class at Haas. This interdisciplinary class brings together students from diverse graduate programs and uses a project-based approach to learning the tools of launching a biotech/medical device company.
- Students interested in learning about the management challenges experienced by senior leaders of a healthcare firm have the opportunity to do so in a small group setting. Many leading Bay Area healthcare organizations are members of the GPHM's Corporate Advisory Board, and students have access to the senior leadership via biannual small group roundtables.
This is just two of the many classroom and extracurricular activities offered to MBA/MPH students towards enriching their time at Berkeley.
- Small class size: On average, 15 students enroll in the MBA/MPH program each year. The small class size both facilitates a collaborative and discussion-oriented classroom atmosphere and strengthens relationships between the peer group.
- Career advice: Students can make use of career resources and counselors for general MBA and MPH students at the Haas School and the School of Public Health.
- Strength and diversity of MPH program: The MPH program at Berkeley is one of the oldest in the country and is a consistent top-ten national program. The program is structured to provide an interdisciplinary and broad-based perspective on health and is composed of seven divisions: biostatistics, community health and human development, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health policy and management, and infectious diseases. Dual degree students can take a broad array of MPH classes from those divisions that fit with their personal and professional interests.
- Interaction with healthcare experts: Dual degree students have a high level of interaction with Berkeley's foremost health experts. For instance, MBA/MPH students are required to take a class with Dr. Stephen Shortell, the former dean of the School of Public Health called Strategic Management of Health Services. Dr. Shortell is the Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor on Health Policy and Management and a Professor of Organizational Behavior. He is an expert on organized health delivery systems in the United States. He has done extensive research on institutional incentives for improving quality of care and health outcomes, particularly when related to the management of patients with chronic illness. He is also an expert on health industry mergers, acquisitions and consolidations. He has received numerous awards including the Gold Medal from the American College of Healthcare Executives in 1998.
- Strength and depth of alumni network: With the dual degree program moving past its 30th year, MBA/MPH alumni occupy leadership positions with some of foremost health industry employers. In addition, due to the intentionally-small class size, many alumni feel strongly about their relationship with subsequent classes of MBA/MPH students. With a number of events structured around networking with alumni, MBA/MPH students have many opportunities to engage with program alumni.
Associate Director, Graduate Program in Health Management
Haas School of Business
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720