UTHealth, UH-Clear Lake create joint M.D./M.B.A. program

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UTHealth’s George Stancel, Ph.D.; Patricia Butler, M.D.; and Michael Bungo, M.D., with UHCL’s Raymond Khoury, Health Care Administration Program; Ted Cummings, dean, School of Business; William Staples, president; and Carl Stockton, provost.

HOUSTON – (Oct. 1, 2013) – The Doctor of Medicine/Master of Business Administration dual degree program has been created through a partnership between The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School and the University of Houston-Clear Lake School of Business.

“The knowledge of finance seems to be important in high-level administrative positions,” said Patricia Butler, M.D., associate dean for educational programs at UTHealth. “This will prepare students for leadership roles.”

The five-year degree program will incorporate shared credit hours, summer coursework and online classes. Classes can also be taken at the UH-Clear Lake campus, as well as at the university’s satellite campus in the Texas Medical Center.

“The health care-oriented MBA will provide medical students with the business skills necessary for the ever changing medical field,” said William Theodore Cummings, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business at UH-Clear Lake.

Courses will include accounting, statistics, marketing, global business, teams/leadership, management science, human resources and group practice management. The Healthcare Management Program will be directed by Lee Revere, Ph.D., M.H.A., associate professor in the Division of Management, Policy and Community Health at The University of Texas School of Public Health, part of UTHealth.

UTHealth Medical School students also have the opportunity to complete a four-year dual Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health degree through a collaboration with the UT School of Public Health. That program is directed by Laura Benjamins, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of pediatrics at the medical school. Courses include epidemiology, biostatistics, community health, environmental health, introduction to management, payment systems and quality.

For more information on the M.D./M.B.A. program, email Frances.L.Revere@uth.tmc.edu; for the M.D./M.P.H. program, email Laura.J.Benjamins@uth.tmc.edu.

Photo by Terrence Tang, UTHealth Medical School Office of Communications

Deborah Mann Lake
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