Executive Master of Health Care Management


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Programme Description

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The UNO Executive MSHCM

The focus of this program is management within the health care industry, which can include hospital administration, department management and practice management, among other career paths. It is a business master's in which the traditional business functions are used to analyse situations within a health care setting. The primary goal of this program is to teach health care professionals graduate-level business applications and expand their professional development.

By comparison, a master of public health and a master of health administration may incorporate or may be dominated by business courses, but those degrees are not granted by business schools. The University of New Orleans, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School, has the only program in the state offered through an AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited business school.


The difference between a Master of Science in Health Care Management (MSHCM or EMSHCM) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA or EMBA) is that the MSHCM teaches functional areas of business with a focus on the management of business operations within the health care industry, whereas, the MBA has greater depth within certain subject areas and is considered more of a generalist degree. Entrepreneurs and administrators of large organizations may want to consider the MBA program as an option.

One of the most important aspects of the Executive MSHCM is the team focus. Students are formed into small work groups, which remain together for the entire program. The small-group format is important to students since they provide important social and academic support for their members. The groups are also important fail-safe devices for busy managers whose workloads fluctuate widely. Group members will constantly "trade off" their strengths and weaknesses. Because of the interdependence on team members, students are encouraged to be certain of their commitment to earning a master's through this intensive program.

Quality and Efficiency

The program is structured to provide a quality program while avoiding significant interruption of daily work responsibilities. UNO's Department of Executive Education strives to make the MSHMC convenient for, responsive to, and supportive of students while maintaining a focus on quality. This is achieved by holding classes on alternating weekends and providing students with an unprecedented level of service. By assisting students with administrative details, we free more time for our students to concentrate on what's important - their education.

Classroom Environment

The Executive MSHCM classes are held on the Mercy campus of Memorial Medical Center, part of Tenet Healthsystem. This environment is utilized to take advantage of learning opportunities within the health care facility. The classroom is equipped with comfortable accommodations and technologically advanced teaching aids available to faculty.

Students have access to a state-of-the-art computer lab located in UNO's College of Business on the Lakefront Campus. Some courses are taught in these facilities, giving students exposure to current technological applications.

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The University of New Orleans is an urban university located near the banks of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. The College begins a new era this year under the leadership of Dean John C. Gardner. Wit ... Read More

The University of New Orleans is an urban university located near the banks of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. The College begins a new era this year under the leadership of Dean John C. Gardner. With a Fall 2003 enrollment of almost 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students and a budget of over $9 million, UNO has one of the largest colleges of business in the Gulf Coast region. Business students make up over one-fourth of the UNO student body (17,360)! The College, fully accredited by AACSB International, provides specialized training in a variety of business fields at both the undergraduate and graduate level as well as a broad foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Many resources are available to support and assist prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The UNO Business Alumni Council is an active group supporting the continued development of the College. The College of Business also provides various community services through its support of research and business centers. Read Less
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