Graduate Program in Health Management
Where scientific advancement and private enterprise intersect are numerous opportunities and challenges in the field of health management. The Graduate Program in Health Management (GPHM) at the Haas School of Business prepares Berkeley MBA students to become leaders who can deliver both innovative and practical solutions in the healthcare field.
The mission of GPHM is to prepare graduates for positions of leadership in all aspects of healthcare, including care delivery and financing, biotechnology and medical devices, information technology, and consulting.
With increasing convergence of the different sectors within the healthcare industry, it is paramount that tomorrow's leaders understand the broader healthcare environment while developing specialized knowledge and skills. Through professional leadership and community service, health management faculty and graduates will work to advance the organization, financing, and delivery of healthcare, with the ultimate goal of improving the population's health.
Achieving the objective
GPHM prepares graduates for positions of health industry leadership through two academic programs:
- The MBA/MPH (Master's in Business Administration/Master's in Public Health) dual degree
- Health Management course work as part of the MBA degree
To enable the highest level of health industry training, GPHM supports the academic programs through:
- Specialized curriculums that focus on the critical health industry issues.
- Teaching expertise.
- Guest speakers from companies and organizations that are at the forefront of today's news.
- Informational events, company visits, and networking opportunities through the student-led Haas Healthcare Association.
- The Business of Healthcare Conference at the Haas School of Business
GPHM is a founding member of the Business School Alliance for Health Management. Formed in 2010, BAHM (Business School Alliance for Health Management) was created to transform the health sector by advancing education, research and practice in the nation’s top schools of management. It is a collaborative non-profit organization comprised of business schools committed to the belief that management education, applied to the challenges of healthcare delivery and healthcare innovation, plays a special role in creating new and important solutions.
While other academic disciplines address many of the policy issues facing the health sector today, business schools represent the vital link to addressing the practical issues of managing companies and developing essential leadership for healthcare institutions.
Which academic program is right for you?
Health Management course work within the Berkeley MBA program is designed to prepare students to take business leadership roles in the health services and health technology industries. This supplements the standard two-year MBA curriculum with courses in health services organization, strategic planning, and health policy.
The MBA/MPH program adds a semester (four months) to the regular MBA schedule. Entry to the program is through the regular MBA application; the only requirement is for the applicant to demonstrate a commitment to a career in the health industry while responding to the admissions questions. Applicants are expected to meet the Berkeley MBA requirements for admission as well as the requirements of UC Berkeley's School of Public Health. The MBA/MPH program is small by design, and enrolls an average of 12 students annually. In addition to their MBA core and elective classes, students must take a range of MPH core and elective classes over their two and a half years. Students generally complete two summer internships.
The difference between taking health management courses as part of the MBA and the MBA/MPH program is that the MBA (with targeted coursework in health management) can be completed in two years, does not require a summer internship (although 99% of students choose to do one), and focuses fully on business courses. If you have a strong healthcare background, for example, many years of healthcare management experience, or a clinical background (for instance, several physicians have taken this route), or are more committed to business than healthcare per se, the coursework within the MBA may be the more appropriate choice.