MHA-MBA Joint Degree

The MHA/MBA program presents an outstanding opportunity to become highly skilled in the management of organizations across the full spectrum of the health industry. Uniting the strengths of the Graduate School of Public Health and the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, the MHA/MBA program creates an outstanding portfolio of in-depth exposure to the health industry with leadership, analytical, and decision-making skills focused on finance, strategy, quality improvement, supply chain, analytics, and a host of other tools to effectively lead large organizations. The MHA/MBA seeks people interested in pursuing executive roles outside of healthcare delivery (e.g. consulting, insurance, biotech, pharmaceutical, etc.) or functional-area roles across the health industry (e.g. finance, strategic planning, marketing, supply chain, human resources, IM/IT, etc.). Prospective applicants who wish to pursue operational roles within healthcare delivery should pursue the MHA program. 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATES

Our highly trained graduates will be fully prepared to assume fast-track leadership positions in a variety of health industry organizations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for managers within the health industry to grow by 17 percent in the next decade. The U.S. health 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 cost, access and quality. 

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 Pitt Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management (MHA) and the Katz School (MBA) in six academic terms.

Students are required to complete a management residency during the program. These supervised placements in the health industry are an invaluable experience for professional development and networking. The student must also complete a master’s essay and an applied management project at their residency site.

ADMISSIONS

Students must complete separate applications for, and be accepted into, both the Graduate School of Public Health and the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. Please ensure that both sides are aware that you are applying to the MHA/MBA program. Applications to Pitt Public Health must be submitted through SOPHAS (at www.sophas.org) or HAMPCAS (at hampcas.liaisoncas.com). 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

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Garrison, Abdi, Litam win first place nationally in 2019 Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition 

Garrison, Abdi, Litam win first place nationally in 2019 Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition

Erika Garrison (MHA/MBA '20), Ilham Abdi (MHA '20), and Terrance Litam (MHA '20) took top honors in NAHSE's case competition held in Washington, DC. Competing among 29 teams representing the nation's top programs, the Pitt students developed a plan to address the health care needs of San Francisco'... (10/14/2019)
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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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Four public health students chosen as 2019-20 Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows 

Four public health students chosen as 2019-20 Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows

Four Pitt Public Health students have been selected as 2019-20 Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows. Inngide Osirus and Dzigbordi Kamasa-Quashie of IDM and Yamira Bell and Ariel Snell of the MMPH program will participate for a full year of experiential learning and direct service addressing the needs of d... (05/05/2019)
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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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