May 21, 2013
Framingham State University is launching a new Master of Business Administration concentration this fall in executive health care management.
The University sought input from current MBA students and its Advisory Board made up of business professionals from throughout the area to determine the best choice for a new concentration. Currently, the University only offers a general MBA program.
“The new concentration responds to the Commonwealth’s need for middle and upper level health care managers,” says Dr. Yaser Najjar, Framingham State’s Dean of Graduate Studies. “Massachusetts is known as the center for education, health care, and technology.”
The new concentration will be a seamless addition to the MBA program, because the University already offers master’s degree programs in Nursing and Health Care Administration.
“We already have the faculty expertise and course offerings to add this concentration thanks to our phenomenal nursing and health care administration programs,” said Dr. Mary Rogers, the MBA program coordinator.
With the growing diversity in the healthcare system, executives are needed in many settings, including clinics, consulting firms, nursing homes, physician practices, mental health organizations, public health departments, rehabilitation centers and many more.
Students who elect to enroll in the executive health care management concentration will be required to take four health care specific courses, in addition to the four MBA foundation courses and eight core MBA courses. They are: Health Law, Regulations and Ethics; Health Care Economics and Financing; Health Care Informatics and Technology; and Budgeting in Health Care Facilities.
The new graduate degree program will be known for its quality, accessibility, and affordability, according to Dr. Najjar.
Rogers says eventually there will be more concentrations added to the MBA program to meet the future workforce needs of the area.
“We will roll them out slowly to meet the needs of the community,” Rogers says.
One future program already being pursued is in the Business of Biotechnology, which is in the final stages of development. For more information about Framingham State’s MBA programs, visit http://www.framingham.edu/graduate-studies/master-of-business-administration/index.html.
About Framingham State University
Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.