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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 12, 2016

There are people with busy schedules, and then there are physicians. From being on call, to performing medical procedures, to keeping consultation appointments, physicians have little time to spare. The same can be said of other senior-level healthcare professionals. Those who work in hospital administration, healthcare insurance, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and public health also have very demanding schedules.

Many long for the opportunity for professional development in the business context — both to accelerate their careers and to enhance their organization’s performance — but they simply don’t have the time.

We at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business understand. It’s why we created our new Executive MBA in Healthcare program (EMBA-H), in affiliation with UPMC, which offers a world-class business education in a flexible format with a mix of in-class and distance learning. Two-thirds of contact hours take place in the classroom, and one-third take place online.


Our Health-Focused Curriculum

Business skills can help improve health outcomes

Business skills can help improve health outcomes

Our EMBA-H program is designed to prepare students to lead healthcare organizations in the future. Programs such as this are critical in today’s challenging and complex healthcare environment.

The program is 48 academic credits and can be completed in 19 months. The curriculum includes courses in accounting, financial management, economics, marketing, human resources, and strategy — all of which are taught with a strong healthcare focus. There is also a unique Practicum project in which students apply lessons in the classroom to a real-life project that addresses the business issues of a sponsoring health organization.

Only the best professors from the Katz School teach the courses and UPMC provides guest lectures from its leading physicians and administrators.

Our Blended Learning Format

Alumni Hall, site of EMBA-H classes

Alumni Hall, site of EMBA-H classes

The EMBA-H class schedule is designed to accommodate the incredibly busy and fast-paced schedules of physicians and other healthcare professionals. Classes will meet once a month on Fridays and Saturdays.

In our program, about two-thirds of coursework is delivered in person and one-third is delivered through distance learning. This gives students greater control of their learning and reduces time spent on campus — all without diluting the quality of their education.

Benefits of the blended approach include:

  • More Engaging – Non-interactive classroom segments like lectures are provided online through short videos, allowing class sessions to be more interactive and discussion based.
  • Greater Control – Students can cover the online material on their own time, at their own pace, at any location they like. Questions students raise on online material can be posted to discussion boards or discussed in the next class.
  • More Efficient – Distance learning does not add more hours for students. It saves students time and effort in not having to commute to classes for additional days.

Take the Next Step

We are actively recruiting students for the cohort that will begin in May 2017. There is plenty of time to still apply. If you would like to learn more, please contact us at 412-648-1600 or We also host a monthly online information session through which you can learn more and ask questions of an admissions representative. Register for an upcoming date.

Other information that may be of interest:

View the 2017-18 Class Schedule

View Frequently Asked Questions