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Innovate, Inspire and Lead

Health Care MBA

Become an Expert in the Business of Health Care

Get a comprehensive understanding of health care through a business lens and learn how to innovate, make an impact and create value with a Health Care MBA from St. Thomas Opus College of Business.

Designed for working health care professionals who want to advance their careers, the Health Care MBA program focuses on best practices in business strategy that influence health care in our state, our region and our nation.

During the program, you’ll participate in on-campus sessions (nine times throughout the program for three days at a time) and online coursework. This proven distance learning design offers the executive-style format and flexibility needed to pursue your educational goals while continuing to meet the demands of your professional and personal commitments.

You’ll also have the opportunity to focus on innovation during the program’s International Residency, traveling to another country with members of your cohort to visit hospitals, health care companies and innovation centers. Additionally, you’ll take an in-depth look at socioeconomic, political, ethical and practical issues surrounding health care at our Durenberger Health Policy Seminar in Washington, DC.

The Health Care MBA program follows a cohort learning model, which emphasizes teamwork and collaboration. 95 percent of our Health Care MBA students say the cohort learning model is one of the key benefits of the program because it’s cross-functional, with clinicians and students from corporate backgrounds providing different perspectives.

50%
of students come from a clinical background
Dual
Dually accredited by Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
500+
Health Care MBA alumni

Program Overview

  • Format & Schedule
  • Admission Requirements
  • Cohort Learning Model
  • Applied Learning
  • Inclusive-Style Service
  • Career Impact
  • Format & Schedule

    Complete our 45-credit hybrid program in 21 months. The program includes nine on-campus residencies (three days each), with the rest of your time spent off-campus in online collaboration and coursework, including an integrative study project in your last semester.

    You’ll also have opportunities to learn and apply your knowledge in the real-world at off-campus events, including a three-day policy seminar in Washington, D.C., and a week-long Global Innovation Residency in another country.

    Explore the Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in any subject 
    • Application form and essays 
    • Minimum of five years’ experience in the health care industry recommended
    • Two letters of recommendation 
    • Admissions interview
    View the Application Checklist

    Cohort Learning Model

    As part of a 25-35 student cohort, you’ll form strong personal and intellectual connections with the same group of health care professionals as you move together through the program. You and your peers will draw upon your diverse academic backgrounds and professional experiences to provide meaningful examples and real-life case studies to the course dialogue and team projects. Plus, your cohort will be a valuable network and resource pool long after graduation.

    Applied Learning

    Students in the Health Care MBA program gain knowledge they can use to impact the health care industry the next day. The program immerses students in real-world health care challenges, and provides the following opportunities to dive deeper into important health care topics:

    • Dave Durenburger Washington D.C. Health Policy Seminar
    • Global Residency
    • Integrative Study Project
    Explore Applied Learning Opportunities

    Inclusive-Style Service

    Our executive-style inclusive service for Health Care MBA students helps working professionals like you save time and focus on your studies. Our student services team is here to take care of all the administrative details, from handling class registration to purchasing textbooks for you and having them ready for you in class. We understand how busy you are, and we don’t want the details to stand in your way. Best of all, it’s included with your tuition.

    Career Impact

    While all Health Care MBA students start the program fully employed, they experience significant career advancement as a result of earning this degree. Health Care MBA students often receive promotions and new opportunities while they’re still enrolled, as well as after graduation.
    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Format & Schedule

    Complete our 45-credit hybrid program in 21 months. The program includes nine on-campus residencies (three days each), with the rest of your time spent off-campus in online collaboration and coursework, including an integrative study project in your last semester.

    You’ll also have opportunities to learn and apply your knowledge in the real-world at off-campus events, including a three-day policy seminar in Washington, D.C., and a week-long Global Innovation Residency in another country.

    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in any subject 
    • Application form and essays 
    • Minimum of five years’ experience in the health care industry recommended
    • Two letters of recommendation 
    • Admissions interview
    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Cohort Learning Model

    As part of a 25-35 student cohort, you’ll form strong personal and intellectual connections with the same group of health care professionals as you move together through the program. You and your peers will draw upon your diverse academic backgrounds and professional experiences to provide meaningful examples and real-life case studies to the course dialogue and team projects. Plus, your cohort will be a valuable network and resource pool long after graduation.
    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Applied Learning

    Students in the Health Care MBA program gain knowledge they can use to impact the health care industry the next day. The program immerses students in real-world health care challenges, and provides the following opportunities to dive deeper into important health care topics:

    • Dave Durenburger Washington D.C. Health Policy Seminar
    • Global Residency
    • Integrative Study Project
    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Inclusive-Style Service

    Our executive-style inclusive service for Health Care MBA students helps working professionals like you save time and focus on your studies. Our student services team is here to take care of all the administrative details, from handling class registration to purchasing textbooks for you and having them ready for you in class. We understand how busy you are, and we don’t want the details to stand in your way. Best of all, it’s included with your tuition.
    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Career Impact

    While all Health Care MBA students start the program fully employed, they experience significant career advancement as a result of earning this degree. Health Care MBA students often receive promotions and new opportunities while they’re still enrolled, as well as after graduation.
    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Events

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    Juggling Work, Family and MBA

    This busy mom of four bought a nursing care facility shortly after starting the Health Care MBA program.
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    02 / 03

    Flight Nurse Soars In Her Career

    As a mother, a RN and a member of the United States military, Jen Rosetta ’17 continuously reaches for what might scare most.
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    03 / 03

    A Health Tech Start-up With Minneapolis Roots

    The CEO and co-founder of a local start-up is changing the face of clinical education.
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    Kate DiAna, the MBA Health Care program director, talks about the tools needed to succeed.

    The Health Care MBA is designed for leaders who want to advance their career path in the business of health care without putting their life on hold. Our 21-month cohort program connects you with experienced faculty and talented peers form all sectors of the health care industry, allowing you to build your network and adding to your learning experience.

    Featured Courses

    Health Care: Systems Overview

    Get an accurate understanding of the various components of the health care system (providers, consumers, payers and third parties) and how they interrelate. Learn about issues, motivations and incentives that influence all parts of the system while gaining insight into the industry’s political and social environment

    Integrative Project

    Prepare a major study of an issue or project of your choice, integrating knowledge, attitudes and skills developed during the Health Care MBA program. Demonstrate competence in critical thinking and your ability explore and solve complex, significant issues in health care. You’ll present your findings and recommendations to faculty and your colleagues in both a written and oral presentation.

    Health Law

    Learn about the government regulation and liability of physicians and other health care personnel, hospitals and other health care institutions. Explore government regulation of the cost and quality of health care, the financing of healthcare delivery and other legal aspects of medical ethics. Study decision-making and planning processes, liability, contracts, torts, medical records, malpractice, consent and tax-related issues.

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