Health Care Management

Health care management students.

From left, Jasmin Dhanjal, DDS/MBA '18; Conrad Gleber, MD/MBA '17; Laura Bielecki, PharmD/MBA '18; Bisi Aiyelabowo, PharmD/MBA '17; Russell Van Coevering, MD/MBA '17; and Ishita Mehta, PharmD/MBA '17. 

With the health care industry facing an uphill battle to curb costs and improve efficiency, the UB School of Management has strategically focused on this changing field with a robust and growing portfolio of programs and partnerships in health care management.

UB graduate students in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, social work, public health and audiology may pair their health-related program with an MBA to master the business of their field. The emphasis on the value of interprofessional education for physicians, dentists, pharmacists and other providers, along with the industry’s fast-moving drive toward clinical integration, makes these dual degrees a smarter investment than ever before.

With courses in such areas as health policy, law, information systems, strategy and organization, full-time and Professional MBA students can add a health care management concentration to prepare for leadership roles in hospitals, long-term care facilities, private practices, insurance companies and other health care organizations.

As the economics of medicine evolve with health care reform, physicians with an MBA will be ahead of the curve. By earning an MBA, physicians will better understand the complex dynamics of the business of medicine, be prepared to manage small or large teams, and have the toolkit necessary for eventual roles as physician executives or leaders.

For these reasons, the School of Management and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB have collaborated to offer an MBA program for medical residents and fellows who are in UB Graduate Medical Education-sponsored or affiliated programs. Participants can complete the program in approximately three semesters and will receive an MBA degree at the end of their residency/fellowship training. 

The School of Management offers a variety of non-credit-bearing programs in health care management on an ad hoc basis. Past offerings have included Leading Transformation and Change in Health Care, a six-week series, and Executive Development in Health Care Management, a four-part program.

As executive in residence for health care administration, Larry Zielinski brings 35 years of industry experience, including terms as president of two health care organizations, to his role and is helping the School of Management train future leaders with a robust and growing portfolio of programs and partnerships in health care management.  

Made up of alumni and leaders from the top health care organizations in Western New York and around the country, the panel provides external perspective and advocacy for our health care management programs and strategic priorities.