This specialized MBA degree prepares business leaders with focused skills in finance, accounting, strategic management, marketing, and information systems for the healthcare industry.

Business competencies are a must-have for health organizations in all sectors, including hospitals, community health centers, and large healthcare systems.

You’ll learn about the social, political, economic, and financial environments of the American healthcare system; and the tools, concepts and techniques of effective managerial decision-making, financial planning, and administrative control.

The MBA/Health degree has the same number of credits as the MBA.

The MBA portion of this specialized degree may be completed at our Boston campus or North Campus. The specialized portion must be completed on campus in Boston.

Curriculum

Total MBA Credits Required: 43 - 58

Contextualize: from Boston to the World (4 Credits)

  • SBS-700 You As a Leader: Effective Career Planning

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    SBS 700 is the first required course in Suffolk's graduate programs. The course is based on the precepts of experiential learning. Based on the idea that people learn best by participating in meaningful activities, this course provides students with the opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand the many complexities of business and the role of top managers. To accomplish this, SBS 700 is composed of several distinct parts, including the completion of a self-assessment instrument and their own written career development plan. In the campus sections of SBS 700, students will work in small groups as they take on the roles of top managers in a hands-on behavioral simulation. In the online sections, students will conduct a 360 degree evaluation to provide feedback.

  • MBA-710 Understanding World Class Clusters

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This first-semester MBA course introduces students to the topic of world-class clusters as a multi-level phenomenon. Beginning from the macro level of analysis and proceeding to the micro level, the course covers a panoply of concepts and frameworks for understanding why world-class clusters emerge at specific locations in the first place and then regularly succeed in transforming themselves to keep up with and even lead the pace of change in their respective industries. In the group projects that they conduct for this course, students are expected to emulate the characteristics of high-powered teams found in world-class clusters: the course thus begins with conceptual understanding of world-class clusters and then proceeds to have students emulate the behavior that can be observed in world-class clusters.

*Must be taken as early in the program as possible.

Core Courses* (15 Credits)

  • MBA-615 Economics

    Credits:

    1.50

    Description:

    This course introduces the basic tools and concepts of microeconomics (2 classes) for supply and demand analysis; for consumer market behavior; and for production, cost, and pricing decisions in different market structures. Greater emphasis (4 to 5 classes) in the course is on the macroeconomic topics of national economic performance, the economic role of government and fiscal and monetary policy, and the banking and financial system in the current economic environment. The course is intended for MBA students who have no recent academic background in economics.

  • MBA-625 Managerial Statistics

    Credits:

    1.50

    Description:

    This course emphasizes the importance of basic concepts in probability and statistics for managerial decision making with a strong emphasis on practical application. Students will learn basic data analysis, random variables and probability distributions, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing and regression. MS Excel will be used throughout the course. Numerous examples are chosen from quality control applications, finance, marketing and Management to illustrate the managerial value of applying sound statistical techniques to the analysis of operational data.

  • MBA-635 Operations Management: Design and Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-625 or SBS-604 (may be taken concurrently)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course provides students with Operations Management concepts, techniques, and tools to design, analyze, and improve operational capabilities in any organization. Students will understand and analyze common OM decisions on managing inputs (materials, information, finances, and human resources) and processes to deliver desirable outcomes to customers. Topics covered include operations strategy, process analysis, quality management and lean operations, capacity analysis, inventory management, product development, supply chain management, project management, revenue management and pricing, decision analysis, and forecasting. Software tools used may include MS Excel, Visio, and Project Management. This course will contain experiential learning components related to Boston's world-class industries, which may include guest lectures, simulation exercises, or visits to local organizations.

  • MBA-640 Corporate Financial Reporting and Control

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course deals with the structure and information content of the three principal financial statements of profit-directed companies, namely the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. It develops skill in using accounting information to analyze the performance and financial condition of a company, and to facilitate decision making, planning and budgeting, and performance appraisal in a managerial context. This course also contains an experiential component by offering guided inquiry and real company cases.

  • MBA-650 Value Based Financial Management

    Prerequisites:

    1 course from each of the following groups: MBA 615 OR SBS 603 OR MBA 630 MBA 640 OR ACCT 800 These courses must be taken prior to MBA 650 1 course from the following group: MBA 625 OR SBS 604 OR MBA 622 These courses may be taken prior to or concurrently with MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the basic principles of corporate finance. The main focus is on fundamental principles such as time value of money, asset valuation, and risk and return tradeoff. Topics to be covered also include cost of capital, capital budgeting, and capital structure.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MBA-660 Marketing: the Challenge of Managing Value

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    At its core, marketing is about providing consumer value. The practice of doing this is changing constantly-driven by rapid and far-reaching changes in technology; globalization; and the evolution of consumer values, practices, and lifestyles. This course will present themes, theories, and trends that are critical for: 1. understanding the business of creating, capturing and sustaining value; 2. introducing students to the global, consumer, and technological realities of marketing in the 21st Century; and 3. providing students with a sound foundation to explore marketing in further depth in upper-level elective courses. This course also contains an experiential component. .

 *MBA Core courses may be waived 

Understand Business Fundamentals (9 Credits)

  • MBA-720 Collaborate (Ethics, Teams, & Project Management)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course teaches students three essential ingredients of Collaboration: Ethical Decision Making, How We Work Together, and Managing Projects. Ethical decisions are key to a company's success, its reputation, value, profitability, strategy, morale, and ability to recruit talent. Workplace behavior matters and will be examined from the perspective of leadership, critical conversations, decision making and teams. Project management is important in the context of today's complex, high-pressure work environments that thrive through collaboration and the ability to make disparate groups gel and produce quickly. This course will contain experiential components relating to Boston's world-class industries.

  • MBA-730 Innovate: Entrepreneurial Thinking, IT, And Business Law

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces students to three essential ingredients of innovation: Entrepreneurial Thinking, Information Technology in an Age of Disruption, and Law as Framework. Entrepreneurial thinking is a critical element in the creation, growth, and sustainability of an organization. In new ventures, entrepreneurs drive innovation with limited resources and within a flat organization. Information technology, strategically selected and implemented, can provide a significant, competitive advantage. Students will survey the increasingly complex, evolving, and highly competitive business environment in which ethical, legal, economic, and regulatory forces are continuously reshaping the global marketplace both to create and limit competitive opportunities. This course will contain experiential components, relating to Boston's world-class industries.

  • MBA-740 Immerse- Travel Seminar

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Immersion course provides an opportunity for students to link their program work to hands-on experience and visits to real-life global companies. The highly experiential, intensive course combines classroom learning with a direct business and cultural experience. Students will work in teams directly for a client or several clients, solving real challenges, using their analytical skills, knowledge, and experience to develop feasible solutions. Required for all MBA students, the course will be offered globally or nationally to accommodate a variety of student needs.

    Type:

    GRAD Travel Seminar

Healthcare Specialized Courses (15 Credits)

  • HLTH-701 Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course presents an overview of the origins, components, organization, and operation of the health system in the United States. It is an introduction to the major health issues and institutions, including the settings in which health services are delivered, providers of these services, and the public and private payers for services.

  • HLTH-702 Health Economics

    Prerequisites:

    HLTH-701;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course provides a framework for understanding the economics of the U.S. healthcare industry. The industry is experiencing great pressure to reduce costs, even as it strives to do better at both improving the health of the population and engaging patients in their care. This course enables students to apply the perspectives and tools of health economics to the tasks of understanding and improving the business of healthcare. Students analyze and evaluate current and evolving healthcare markets, public policies, payment methods, mechanisms for bearing and sharing financial risk, and the economic impact of changes in technology and the health professions. Students participate in envisioning the future and designing better ways for healthcare leaders, managers and policy makers to meet the challenges facing the industry.

  • HLTH-816 Healthcare Human Resources Management

    Prerequisites:

    TAKE HLTH 701

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The growing healthcare field is the most labor intensive employer in the United States. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theories, requirements and practices associated with managing human resources in healthcare organizations. The course covers both strategic and operational aspects of human resources planning and management, and it devotes particular attention to the issues that make human resources management in healthcare so challenging. Perhaps most important, the course guides students in developing practical knowledge and skills to prepare them- as healthcare leaders and managers- to successfully address human resource issues. The course will draw from a range of theoretical material and practical situations, using a variety of learning approaches and featuring guest speakers from healthcare organizations who share their experiences and perspectives from the field of human resources. The course focuses on the following topics: The changing healthcare environment and its implications for human resources management, the use of strategic human resource management to gain a competitive edge in the healthcare industry, workforce design, legal and regulatory requirements, recruitment and retention, organizational development, performance management, compensation and benefits, managing with organized labor and creating customer-satisfying healthcare organizations.

  • HLTH-826 Healthcare Financial Management

    Prerequisites:

    HLTH-701; MHA students are required to take HLTH 824. MBA/H students are required to take MBA 640. Non-MHA and MBA/H students need permission from the Health Department before registering;

    Credits:

    1.50

    Description:

    This course serves as an introduction to the financial management of healthcare organizations. Using financial information for decision making is the essence of this course. Students will gain a perspective on the critical factors related to managing a healthcare organization in a marketplace that is demanding cost effective services. Focused attention will be given to managerial accounting, cost allocation, budgeting, and variance analysis.

  • HLTH-831 Performance Improvement and Patient Safety

    Prerequisites:

    HLTH-701;

    Credits:

    1.50

    Description:

    The 'production' of health care is a service of significant personal and social consequence and high on the agenda of every healthcare executive. Today's consumer actively seeks evidence about the quality of care they can anticipate while payers are offering financial incentives to providers who can demonstrate superior patient outcomes. This course will focus on the complexities and processes of assuring quality performance in healthcare organizations.

  • HLTH-860 Leadership and Ethics in Healthcare Organizations

    Prerequisites:

    Take HLTH-701;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces concepts and managerial views of business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and leadership practice as applied to organizational settings in healthcare.

Healthcare Specialized Electives (6 Credits) 

Construct the Big Picture (6 credits) 

  • MBA-750 Building Global Connections

    Prerequisites:

    SBS-700, MBA-710, MBA-615(or SBS 603), MBA-625(or SBS 604), MBA-635, MBA-640(or ACCT 800,) MBA-650, MBA-660, MBA-720, and MBA-730

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the global business environment in a way specifically relevant to innovation in world-class clusters. The course has a three-part format: 1. global business fundamentals; 2. opportunity recognition, validation and planning; and 3. experiential term group project in the elaboration of a proposed innovation. Global business fundamentals include the complexities of operating in the international economic environment, the theory and practice of trade, the global integration and local responsiveness of the multinational firm, the internationalization decision of firms, as well as the different modes of entry.

  • MBA-760 World Class Strategies

    Prerequisites:

    SBS-700, MBA-710, MBA-615(or SBS 603), MBA-625(or SBS 604), MBA-635, MBA-640(or ACCT 800,) MBA-650, MBA-660, MBA-720, and MBA-730

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students engage in a variety of learning activities, such as case studies, computer simulations, examinations, project reports, and most especially, experiential exercises involving competition. Students will develop a multi-functional general management perspective. The course is designed to help students integrate and apply their knowledge and techniques learned in the core courses of the MBA program into an overall view of the firm, evaluate the environment, and speculate on the future direction of the organization. Students will also learn about the principal concepts, frameworks, and techniques of strategic management, they will develop the capacity for strategic thinking, and they will examine the organizational and environmental contexts in which strategic management unfolds. This course will make extensive use of experiential activities and projects designed to get students to experience the dynamics of competition right in the classroom.

Lead and Implement Change (3 Credits) 

  • MBA-770 Leading and Implementing Change

    Prerequisites:

    SBS-700 MBA-710 MBA-615 MBA-625 MBA-635 MBA-640 MBA-650 MBA-660 MBA-720 MBA-730 MBA-750 MBA-760 (MBA-750 and MBA-760 may be taken concurrently with MBA 770)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The final course in the MBA curriculum ties together the integral components of the four industry clusters, strategy and business fundamentals to the experience of leading change. Students experience the change process personally through a simulation. Students then apply their learning to an applied project based in one of the four clusters that is team-based, client-focused, grounded in research, and integrates MBA concepts as required with a final presentation to a live client. As part of understanding change, students will also evaluate the wider societal impacts of the business change. Finally, students reflect on their MBA program in total, revisiting their career plan and vision. This course uses multiple approaches, defining, understanding and experiencing the strategic value of change at the organizational, team, and individual levels.

*Must be taken as late in the program as possible.

Waiver/Transfer Policy

Waiver Policy

MBA Core courses (MBA 615, MBA 625, MBA 635, MBA 640, MBA 650 and MBA 660) may be waived. Required MBA Courses (SBS 700, MBA 710, MBA 720, MBA 730, MBA 740, MBA 750, MBA 760 and MBA 770) cannot be waived.

To waive a core course, a student must successfully complete equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the seven years prior to MBA matriculation (“B” or better) and provide official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable).

All waiver requests are evaluated upon a student’s acceptance into the MBA Program and are waived during the student’s first semester. Students may also elect to take a proficiency exam, for a fee, to gain a waiver. Proficiency exams must be taken in the first semester and are administered on the Boston campus or North Campus with prior arrangement. All MBA/Health students must complete a minimum of 43 credits in the Sawyer Business School.

Students Transferring to the Suffolk MBA 

Six credits of elective courses, taken at the graduate level from an AACSB-accredited graduate program in business, may be transferred if the credits do not apply to a previously completed degree. Transfer credits must have an earned grade of "B" or better and be taken within five years prior to entering the Suffolk MBA programs. Transfer credits apply only to electives.

Students Who Leave Boston Before Their Degree is Complete

Occasionally, Suffolk MBA students must leave the Boston area having not yet completed their degree. The Business School has several options available to insure completion of the Suffolk MBA. You may be able to transfer in six credits of elective courses from an AACSB-accredited MBA close to your new place of residence. Courses must be pre-approved by Suffolk’s Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and have a grade of B or better.

A student who leaves the area may also complete their Suffolk MBA portion of their degree online.