Published on Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Claremont Graduate University is now offering a dual MBA/MPH degree program beginning in fall of 2009, one of ten programs in the United States.
This new offering will join the expertise and strengths of CGU’s Drucker School of Management with its new School of Community and Global Health. It is the first installment of an envisioned Health Systems Leadership Program, capacity aimed to integrate scientific knowledge with executive leadership skills through specially tailored programs for individuals desiring a management career in the health industry.
Previously, students who wished to obtain both degrees—a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Public Health—had to earn them sequentially, a process that could take a total of four years. The arrangement of the new CGU program allows students to complete both masters’ in less than three years.
The first cohort of students will enroll in the fall 2009 semester for a six semester, 76-credit hour program, consisting of 25 courses, saving students 32 units of regular coursework.
“In addition to health being the largest sector of the economy, it is the only major sector that is continuing to grow and for which job opportunities remain good—and they will be better as the economic stimulus package plays out,” said C. Anderson Johnson, Dean of the School of Community and Global Health.
Global health challenges in the 21st Century include disparities in population health status, new public health stakeholders, evolving epidemiology of global disease and injury, increased performance accountability, and heightened expectations for health system preparedness (National Public Health Leadership Institute, 2003). Public health systems must be led by those who have the mastery of the skills to mobilize, coordinate and direct broad collaborative actions within complex health systems (Institute of Medicine, 2002), including the ability to lead multi-faceted, multi-sectoral and multi-national initiatives.
According to a 2006 World Health Organization (WHO) report, fifty-seven countries, most of them in Africa and Asia, face a severe health workforce crisis. It is estimated that a total of 4,250,000 health workers will be needed to meet the requirements globally. Additionally, it is widely acknowledged that most of the health workforce in many developed and developing countries lack formal education and training to respond effectively to the public health challenges, particularly leadership and management development.
The Institute of Medicine indicates that the U.S. needs additional training to meet new challenges posed by globalization, medical advances and an aging and increasingly diverse population. The Association of Schools of Public Health reports that approximately 250,000 additional American public health workers will be needed by 2020. At that rate, America will have to train three times the current number of graduates over the next 12 years to replenish the healthcare workforce. More importantly, a new cadre of highly trained leaders is needed to innovate and change health systems at local, national and international level in order to enhance the performance of health systems and improve the health and wellbeing of people around the world.
“Health care is the largest single sector of our economy and requires much more effective management and leadership at all levels–from prevention programs to hospital treatment,” said Ira Jackson, Dean of the Drucker School. “The next frontier in public health is in prevention and changing behaviors, not just treating symptoms or tracking diseases. This program offers the best of both worlds.”
The CGU MBA/MPH program will develop leaders with world-class knowledge in global health leadership and management principles and population-based disease prevention and control.
As students in the medical, public health and allied sciences prepare for and enter leadership careers, they face a workplace that is very different from the one managers faced a decade ago. Program graduates will, therefore, be equipped with the knowledge and competencies to transfer strategic thinking, scientific know-how and leadership skills to rapidly changing environments and global health challenges in the 21st century. They will become tomorrow’s leaders in a broad range of fields by setting new trends and direction in medicine, and public health. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, venture capital and entrepreneurial startups, policy development and advocacy, and health financing, insurance and consulting.