Executive MBA in Healthcare

Program Start

Especially in times of uncertainty and challenge, America needs exceptional leaders to guide our healthcare institutions.  The Executive MBA in Healthcare is designed to empower and enable leaders to think critically, make informed decisions, and inspire confidence. The planned start date for the next cohort is May 2022. For more information, schedule a time to discuss the Executive MBA in Healthcare with a member of our outreach team.

Designed for Your Future in Healthcare Leadership

As an established healthcare professional or physician leader seeking to advance in your career, you want to be confident you’ve chosen the premier Executive MBA program.

One that addresses the unique and rapidly changing challenges you’re facing as a leader in healthcare. One that provides access to global experts in both business and healthcare. One that will help you to apply best practices and tools from other industries. All of this, and it should be flexible, enabling you to balance the demands of MBA-level coursework with your family’s needs and your nonstop professional responsibilities.

The Katz Executive MBA (EMBA) in Healthcare program is designed for you. Whether you’re a payer or provider; a clinician or administrator; or you work in the pharmaceutical, medical device, or biotechnology industries, the program will equip you to answer such tough questions as:

  • How can I help to shape the healthcare system?
  • What skills do I need to be prepared for the future of healthcare?
  • What tools can I use to manage the quality, efficiency, equity, and delivery of healthcare?

Read our alumni testimonials to learn the impact an Executive MBA in Healthcare can have on your and career and your organization.

Strategically located in Pittsburgh, the hub of the “eds and meds” economy, and rooted in a strong relationship with leading health system and insurer UPMC and Pitt’s schools of health sciences, the Katz EMBA in Healthcare offers the following benefits:

  • an accelerated path to completion, thanks to its 19-month structure
  • a blended format of in-class and distance learning, with classes held one Friday and Saturday per month
  • practicum experience—solve real problems in your organization
  • exceptional networking opportunities with an experienced cohort of physicians and business professionals across the health spectrum
  • world-class experts—faculty from Katz and the Graduate School of Public Health, as well as physician and administrative leaders from UPMC, teach the courses, which all have a health-oriented management focus
Executive MBA ranked #8 among public schools and #24 in the U.S.

Executive MBA in Healthcare Events

19 May

Executive MBA in Healthcare: An Introduction

Leading in healthcare has never been more demanding. The future is unpredictable, and the challenges are high. The Executive MBA in Healthcare Introduction demonstrates how this dynamic program prepares leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful today and in the future. Register Now
24 May

Leading in the Classroom: Katz Executive MBA Faculty

Teaching at the executive level is different. The students have the expertise, experience, and practical knowledge. Leading in the Classroom highlights how our internationally recognized faculty engage with students and recognize the talents you bring. Our Executive MBA courses are led by exceptional faculty instructors who are actively involved in the creation of new knowledge, […]

Executive MBA in Healthcare

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Start here for an overview of what you should expect as a student in the Executive MBA in Healthcare program: Learn about our approach, what your experience and workload will be like, what resources are available to you, and what you should expect to be able to do when you graduate. 

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Katz Advantage

Leverage the combined strength of the University of Pittsburgh and the strategic Pittsburgh location. Complete the program in just 19 months. Take courses online; only come to campus one weekend (Friday/Saturday) per month. Gain health-centric business skills and solve real problems in your organization. Engage with other healthcare professionals and physician leaders. These are just some of the advantages of the Katz EMBA in Healthcare program.

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Core Curriculum

See what makes up the foundation of your EMBA in Healthcare—what classes you’ll be required to take, when they’re offered, and what you’ll learn that you can immediately apply on the job or to your next career move.


It was very clear to me that Katz was the perfect option for my education and future career. Great medical care strikes a balance between both business and medicine. My time at Katz allowed me to shadow and connect with UPMC doctors and get an inside look at the business side of medical startups.

Tom Cwalina

MBA '20

It’s more than just a career plan. It will help you evaluate what kind of professional you want to be, what kind of skills you want to develop. You are not just bringing home a certificate, but you are a better professional and a better person.

Sabine Rossi

MBA '21