MHA-MBA Joint Degree

An outstanding opportunity to become highly skilled in the management of health care processes, quality, and finances, the MHA/MBA joint degree program is designed to create future leaders in the management of health care organizations. Uniting the strengths of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, the program blends outstanding training in management and finance with the content expertise in health care quality improvement, outcomes measurement, and analytics.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATES

Our highly trained graduates will be fully prepared to assume fast-track leadership positions in a variety of health care organizations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for health care managers will grow by 17 percent in the next decade. The U.S. health care system is the largest industry in the United States, currently consuming nearly 18 percent of GDP. At the same time, there remain significant problems with access and quality. The joint training in business and health care management should provide a strong foundation for a variety of positions in health care finance, insurance, operations, disease and population heath management.

CURRICULUM AND COURSEWORK

The standard full-time curriculum is a three-year, 78-credit course of study leading to the joint degree. The competency-based curriculum emphasizes both professional and leadership development, as well as functional management skills, blending courses across both the Katz School (MBA) and Pitt Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management (MHA) in six academic terms.

Students are required to complete a management residency in the first summer term that may be extended into the second summer term. These supervised placements in health care services or health-related practice sites are an invaluable experience for professional development and networking. The student must also complete a master’s essay and an applied management project at the residency site.

ADMISSIONS

Students must complete applications for, and be accepted into, both the Graduate School of Public Health and the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. Application to Pitt Public Health must be submitted through SOPHAS at www.sophas.org. Application to the Katz Graduate School of Business should be made at www.katz.business.pitt.edu/apply.

MHA/MBA Contacts

Pitt Public Health

Kevin D. Broom
Co-director
kevinbroom@pitt.edu
412-624-0898

Jessica Dornin**
Program coordinator
jld115@pitt.edu
412-624-3625

Katz Graduate School of Business

Rabikar Chatterjee, PhD 
Co-director
rabikar@katz.pitt.edu
412-648-1623

**Jessica Dornin is on maternity leave. Please contact Ali Greenholt, Administrative Support
A659 Public Health
alg240@pitt.edu

MHA-MBA News

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UPMC Children's Hospital names Sevco new president 

UPMC Children's Hospital names Sevco new president

PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES - UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh named MHA/MBA alumnus Mark Sevco (HPM/Katz '91) as its new president. Sevco, who was most recently COO of UPMC Pinnacle, has been interim president since January. His former classmate, MHA/MBA graduate Christopher Gessner (HPM/Katz ... (06/05/2019)
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Pitt MHA rises in national rankings 

Pitt MHA rises in national rankings

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT- In the 2020 rankings of best graduate schools, Pitt's Master of Health Administration (MHA) program surged from 29th to 17th nationally among programs in health care management. The move was one of the largest in the country, positioning the Pitt MHA as the highest-ranked pr... (03/12/2019)
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Pitt Public Health students gain "invaluable' experience during NAHSE case competition 

Pitt Public Health students gain "invaluable' experience during NAHSE case competition

The NAHSE case competition is a scholarship program for students in health administration, business administration and public health. The team members were ABBY MONYEI (HPM '19), KEXIN CHEN (HPM '19) and DEBORAH WOKPETAH (HPM '20). "They really enjoyed the opportunity to develop their competencies ... (10/30/2018)
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John Cordier and team won the Global Business Challenge 

John Cordier and team won the Global Business Challenge

After winning the Kuzneski Innovation Cup from the Innovation Institute for FRED (a Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dynamics), a software platform that simulates the spread of disease, mitigation strategies, & policy implications, John Cordier (HPH '19) assembled a team  on short notic... (10/25/2018)
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FRED takes 1st place of the Kuzneski Innovation Cup 

FRED takes 1st place of the Kuzneski Innovation Cup

Congratulations to the winners of the Kuzneski Innovation Cup, HPM and PHDL's MARK ROBERTS and JOHN GREFENSTETTE, JOHN CORDIER (HPM '18), and DEAN DONALD S. BURKE! 1st place went to FRED (a Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dynamics), a software platform that simulates the spread of dise... (10/22/2018)
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HPM students take second at 2017 Robbins Case Competition 

HPM students take second at 2017 Robbins Case Competition

Congratulations to Pitt Public Health’s team on their second place finish at the Robbins Case Competition at Baylor University. JOHN CORDIER (MHA/MBA), ZACHARY HAYES (MHA), and AMANDA WILKINS (MHA) were the students who competed in the event. HPM’s KEVIN BROOM (second from right, MHA and MHA/MBA pro... (10/16/2017)
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