OverviewThe Executive Masters of Healthcare Management Programs (MHA/MPH) provide a unique interdisciplinary education across three areas of expertise: organizational leadership and management, health policy and public health, and health systems. The executive programs are designed for healthcare professionals who come from an extraordinary range of career fields including government agencies, hospitals, consulting companies, pharmaceutical corporations, insurance companies, finance, foundations and other healthcare enterprises. Columbia provides a world-class education shaped by faculty members in the Department of Health Policy and Management who are at the forefront of influencing the healthcare system. These instructors are experts in the field who are able to integrate current practical applications into an academic curriculum. Using a unique combination of teaching methodologies, including case studies, simulations, and collaborative learning, the Executive Masters of Healthcare Management (EMHM) Programs help students connect theories and models to the realities of the workplace.
StructureCohort-based learning is essential to the EMHM experience. A new class enters each September. Students do not need to declare their degree choice until their second term. Cohorts are composed of approximately 30-35 students from various parts of the healthcare system. Visit our Profiles page for more information about the current cohort demographics and to read more about our students.
CurriculumThe curriculum is comprised of three main components: an overview of the political, economic and legal healthcare framework; an overview of the public health system; and management methods and content. It provides students with the management and policy skills needed to be effective healthcare leaders. The MHA curriculum requires students to take additional management coursework whereas the MPH curriculum provides a more in depth understanding of public health and its application to the healthcare system. The variation is small and students will be counseled as needed to choose the best academic path for their professional growth.