In early December, the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School became the newest member of the Business School Alliance for Health Management (BAHM). BAHM, formed in 2010, is an international consortium of MBA programs that focus on the health sector. In particular, the consortium supports business school health management programs and their faculty, students, and graduates.
In a press release, Brad Staats, the leader of the Business of Health Care Initiative at Kenan-Flagler, talked about the school’s efforts and its new membership with BAHM. “Our goal is to improve outcomes, access, and value in the business of health care by conducting influential research and providing comprehensive education for future leaders working in this arena,” he said.
The Business of Health Care Initiative at UNC Kenan-Flagler is key to its membership in BAHM. The initiative’s goal is to solve some of today’s most significant healthcare challenges while also addressing complex and technical issues surrounding health care. To do this, the school brings together individuals from across the university, including students and faculty in the school of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and business. They each bring their own expertise and diverse experience to collaborate on research and education.
This aligns closely with BAHM’s goal to support educational opportunities in business health management that can help create the next generation of leaders. BAHM is also focused on advancing thought leadership in the field and hosts a variety of events, including annual student case competitions, educational webinars, and research collaborations to make it happen. BAHM is also home to the Health Management Policy and Innovation (HMPI) journal, an online publication focused on U.S. and global health sector challenges from a business perspective.
“Our board is pleased to welcome UNC Kenan-Flagler as the 17th member of an organization that has crystallized into a strong, collaborative network of business schools focused on promoting scholarship and innovation in the health sector,” said BAHM Board President Kevin A. Schulman, a professor of medicine and business administration at Duke University, in a release.