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New MBA Certificate in the Business of Healthcare at Georgetown McDonough

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Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is responding to the dynamic challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system by introducing a new MBA Certificate in the Business of Healthcare. The program, set to commence in the spring of 2024, aims to equip Full-time, Flex MBA, and Flex MBA Online students with the knowledge and skills to navigate the evolving landscape of healthcare in the United States. The certificate will focus on preparing graduates to address critical issues arising from factors such as escalating medical expenses, rising prescription drug costs, federal regulations, and technological disruptions. Recognizing the increasing intersection of business and medicine, the program aims to produce leaders who can initiate innovative solutions to enhance both business and healthcare outcomes.

Georgetown McDonough’s offering emerges from a demonstrated need, driven by input from students, alumni, and the broader business and healthcare communities. Drawing on the school’s strategic location in Washington, D.C., the program allows students to delve into the government landscape, exploring the intricate interplay between business and policy within local and national healthcare markets. The certificate, led by Sandeep Dahiya, Akkaway Professor of Entrepreneurship, encompasses a 10.5-credit sequence of MBA core and elective courses. The curriculum provides a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and applied aspects of healthcare, empowering graduates to navigate the complexities of the industry and propose innovative solutions for the benefit of patients and communities.

“Now more than ever, our nation needs business-minded healthcare professionals to lead change,” said Sandeep Dahiya, Akkaway Professor of Entrepreneurship and academic director of the certificate in the school’s announcement. “The MBA Certificate in Healthcare will provide greater context of how business interfaces with key subsectors of healthcare, such as hospitals, physicians, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and healthcare IT firms, and demonstrate how students can address the complexity of this system to propose solutions and better support the patients and communities with which they serve.”

Upon completion of the program, students will receive a notation on their official university transcript along with a certificate. MBA students will be able to take courses toward the certificate starting in January 2023. See the full announcement here.

Lauren Wakal
Lauren Wakal has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.