New Program to Offer Accelerated Training in Public Health, Business

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Students interested in the connection between public health and business will have a new option soon with an accelerated MBA-MPH program in health care management that is slated to launch in the summer of 2014.

The intensive program will fully immerse students in two world-class graduate programs, allowing them to complete their studies in just 22 months. As it is currently structured, completing the existing joint MPH-MBA degrees would take 34 months, or three academic years, of study.

The accelerated health care management program is the first of its kind in the United States and is tailored to a growing number of students who seek training in both disciplines, but may not be able or want to spend three years away from the field.

“We think that there is going to be tremendous demand for this innovative joint-degree program,” said Paul Cleary, dean of the Yale School of Public Health. “There is an increasing need for professionals who understand and can apply knowledge that the Schools of Management and Public Health provide.” 

The program is the latest in a long history of collaboration between the Yale schools of management and public health. It will require students to earn credits through a combination of required and elective courses offered at each school.

Key components of the accelerated program include: 

  • Core courses in management
  • Core courses in public health
  • A two-week international experience organized through Yale
  • Elective courses in each school
  • A summer internship in the health care industry. 

Applicants must apply—and be admitted—to both schools in order to be eligible for the program. Applications are currently being accepted. The first class will begin in July 2014 and graduate in spring of 2016.

The commitment to health care management at Yale has been very strong, said Professor Howard Forman, director of the Health Care Management Program at the School of Public Health, This new program  is yet another example of meeting the needs of applicants and students.

“We expect an extraordinary cohort of applicants and look forward to providing them with the world-class education and network that is associated with Yale University,” Forman said.


This Article was submitted by Denise L Meyer, on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.