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Publish Date: 05/07/99
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University of Cincinnati Offers New MD/MBA Program

Cincinnati—To educate future health care leaders in both the medical and economic aspects of health care, UC's College of Medicine and the College of Business Administration have collaborated to form a new MD/MBA program. The joint degree will enable medical students to obtain a master's of business administration degree while they complete their medical degree. The program will start in June.

The MD/MBA degree is a five-year program and adds one year on to the traditional four-year medical degree. Students who are currently enrolled at the College of Medicine as well as prospective students can apply to the program. Students will first complete at least two years of medical school and some clinical experience. During their third year, they will become full-time MBA students for six months and develop their business foundation. Then they will complete their final two years of medical school and take the remaining courses for their business degree.

"The MD/MBA program will attract high-quality students who are interested in medicine, but also want to develop a greater understanding of economics, finance, marketing, and management," says Andrew Filak, MD, associate dean of medical education at the College of Medicine. "This combined knowledge will enable our students to become leaders in the health care industry."

"Tremendous changes have occurred in the business side of the health care industry, and many physicians realize that they do not have the management skills to respond to these changes," says Jim Bast, assistant dean of graduate programs at the College of Business Administration. "The MD/MBA program will give future physicians the medical skills to manage the health care needs of their patients and the business skills to manage their practice or a health care organization."

This collaborative effort between the two colleges will continue. The colleges also plan to develop some health care courses specifically designed for medical students and business students interested in the health care industry.

The MD/MBA program is the latest joint degree program that the College of Business Administration offers. Joint MBA programs are also offered in arts administration, law, engineering, and nursing.

The College of Medicine is among the leading medical schools in the nation. It was ranked among the top 50 medical school in the country in U.S. News & World Report's 2000 America's Best Graduate Schools rankings and guidebook, and its pediatric program was ranked as the nation's sixth best. The college is nationally ranked for its research funding, and its basic science departments are ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation.

The University of Cincinnati College of Business Administration is ranked among the top 70 in the nation for its MBA program by both Business Week and Time/The Princeton Review. Its faculty has a wealth of experience and is committed to quality teaching and research.

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