June 20, 2008

Owen School to offer health care management degree

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Billy Hudson, Ph.D.

Owen School to offer health care management degree

Vanderbilt Medical Center and the Vanderbilt Executive Programs team will be hosting an information session next week to outline the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management's new Master of Management in Health Care degree program.

The session will be held Tuesday, June 24, 5:15-6:45 p.m. in 208 Light Hall, with a reception to follow in the South Lobby.

Those interested in attending this session and applying for one of the 10 tuition sponsorships, may RSVP online by visiting the MM Health Care section of the Owen Web site (owen.vanderbilt.edu) or by calling the Vanderbilt Executive Programs office at 322-3120.

The Master of Management in Health Care is a one-year degree program designed to improve the health care experience for patients and practitioners by arming clinical professionals with the business fundamentals and decision-making skills needed to successfully manage people, programs and processes.

Unlike other management programs, the part-time Vanderbilt MM Health Care provides a business education specifically tailored to the medical field.

While physicians, nurses and hospital administrators are experts at patient care, they often lack the business skills needed to be effective managers.

The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management collaborated with top health care experts and an extensive health care management faculty to ensure an educational experience that offers immediate, tangible benefits to both students and their employers.

Medical organizations will gain value from this one-of-a-kind program by sponsoring clinicians, physicians and nurse managers who have management responsibility, but need additional business skills to be more effective.

Health care organizations can also get help with existing issues through a team capstone project in which students apply business concepts to a real problem, initiative or opportunity identified by their sponsoring employer.

Along with the MM Health Care, the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management offers a full-time Master of Business in Health Care, an Executive Master of Business, Executive Development Institute certificate courses in health care management and Executive Development Institute custom programs.