MBA/MPH in Health Care Management

Brazil Field Seminar at Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Patrick Gallagher, Health Sector MBA/MPH ’10.
Patrick Gallagher, Health Sector MBA/MPH candidate, talks about how his interests in entrepreneurship and healthcare led him to BU’s MBA program. Gallagher speaks about the importance of being in Boston along with BU’s growing international reputation.

The Master of Business Administration / Master of Public Health in Health Care Management is administered jointly by the School of Public Health (SPH) and the Questrom School of Business .  The goal of this rigorous program is to provide students with a solid foundation in both management and public health in an integrated, structured curriculum that focuses on the US health care system.

The program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to formulate sound, innovative solutions to complex problems in the health care system. Students examine the link between health policy and effective management, incorporating studies in health program administration and organization, health policy and planning, and financial analysis for health care.

Graduates expand their perspective of the public health care systems and gain the knowledge and skills they need to be effective and efficient managers in this field.

Key Facts

  • Number of credits: 80
  • Program length: 5 semesters
  • Full-time or Part-time: Full-time only
  • Deadlines to apply:
    • School of Public Health: Priority deadline, February 1
    • Questrom School of Business: Round 1 – October 16, Round 2 – January 8

Program Requirements

The dual degree requires completion of a total of 80 credits, 46 from Questrom and 34 credits in residence at the School of Public Health.Sixteen of the 34 SPH credits must be from the Health Policy and Management(HPM) Department and must fulfill specific HPM course category requirements.

Curriculum Map

FIRST YEAR FALL (18 Credits) FIRST YEAR SPRING (18-21 Credits) SUMMER (0-6 Credits) SECOND YEAR FALL (18-21 Credits) SECOND YEAR SPRING (17-20 Credits)
MG700 Ethical and Global Foundations (1 Credit) PL700 Introduction to Business Law (2 Credits)

Required Health Sector Internship

MG790 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy (3 Credits) Global Engagement Elective (3 Credits
PL727 Organizations, Markets, and Society (3 Credits) IS710 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 Credits) EH717 Foundations of Environmental Health HM710 Health Service Delivery (3 Credits) OR    HM717 Drugs, Devices, and Diagnostics (3 Credits) HSM Elective (3 Credits)
QM716 Business Analytics: Data Analysis and Risk (3 Credits) OB713 Leading Organizations and People (3 Credits) EP713 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 Credits) LW719 Introduction to Health Law (3 Credits) SB721 Social and Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (Wed Day or Thurs eve – 3 Credits)
AC710 Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 Credits) SI750 Competition, Innovation and Strategy (3 Credits) PM755 Health Care Delivery Systems: Issues and Innovations (Tues. day* – 4 Credits) SPH Courses – minimum 10 cr**
>OM725 Creating Value Through Operations and Technology (3 Credits) HM703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities (3 Credits) SPH Courses – minimum 6 cr** PM940 Culminating Experience (0 Credit)
MK723 Marketing Management (3 Credits) PM838 Health Politics and Policy (2 Credits) ES723 Career Management (0 Credit)
FE721 Finance 1 (3 Credits) Elective (Optional – 3 Credits) ES724 Professional Skills (1 Credit)
ES721 Teaming (0 Credit) ES721 Teaming (0 Credit)
ES722 Executive Communication (0 Credit) ES723 Career Management (0 Credit)
ES723 Career Management (0 Credit)
Purple: MBA; Blue: MPH; Orange: HSM

Note: The dual degree curriculum is designed to be completed over 5 semesters, including one summer, which generates summer tuition charges. In the fall and spring semesters of the 2nd year, students will be given a tuition-neutral overload of 19 credits in each semester. Students who wish to reduce their summer credit load may petition to overload up to 22 credits in the fall and/or spring semesters of their 2nd year, but may be expected to pay the resulting additional tuition charges accrued for that semester.

Learning Goals

Master of Business Administration

Learning in the MBA program is heavily experience and team-based, emphasizing the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy (particularly analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in the cognitive realm), and cuts across traditional educational categories. In the first semester of the full time program, student teams are formed and engage in projects that combine application of content from multiple courses, culminating in competitive presentations and products. There is also a major simulation carried out by a separate set of teams that lasts several days and mimics iterative decision-making in the real world. Courses are heavily interactive, and cases are widely used in the classroom.

MBA Learning Goals

The learning goals of the MBA program have been adopted by the MBA Program Development Committee as the competencies all graduates of the program should attain. From these learning goals the program has developed measurable objectives, which are regularly assessed and results are fed back into the curricular process.

Specifically, the learning goals of Boston University’s MBA program are as follows:

  • We develop graduates with self-awareness and strong career management skills
  • We develop graduates who can apply integrative leadership, have strong communication skills, and can perform well and contribute appropriately on teams
  • We develop graduates who understand the strategic implications and application of technology within business
  • We develop graduates who possess a management-systems perspective. Graduates will have an understanding of core, functional, business knowledge; and will be able to successfully apply critical and analytical thinking within a management-systems perspective
  • We develop graduates who possess an ethical, global, perspective


While students are enrolled in both the MBA and MPH degree programs, they pay only one full-time tuition charge each year. For summer courses, students pay per credit. See the tuition and financial aid section for more information.


Accomplished public health professionals are in great demand in today’s job market. Equally important are well-equipped managers who are both efficient and effective.

This degree is appropriate for students who are interested in high-impact careers as managers of health care organizations, as analysts for public or private organizations involved in the financing, delivery, or evaluation of health care services, or at health care consulting firms such as KPMG and John Snow.

More information on career opportunities can be found on both the Questrom School of Business and School of Public Health career websites.

Admission Process

Applicants interested in the joint MBA/MPH in Health Care Management must submit completed applications to both the School of Public Health and Questrom School of Business at the same time. Interested students may not apply for the dual degree once they have begun the MPH. However, students who are enrolled in their first semester of the full-time MBA program may seek enrollment in the MPH program as a dual-degree student.

Please see the application process page for the School of Public Health and the Questrom School of Business for more information. Regardless of the deadline you choose to meet, if not yet enrolled in Boston University’s MBA program, please be sure to submit your applications to each school at the same time. To view required essays and the admissions checklist for the Questrom School of Business, visit the Admissions Process page.

Contact Us

Contact the Questrom School of Business at (617) 353-2670 or contact the School of Public Health at (617) 638-5042. .