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Professional Development, Health Care Management MBA

In addition to a competency-driven curriculum, where many courses are co-taught with industry executives, the MBA health care management program also enhances your career and professional growth with an administrative residency and workshops that create foot-in-the-door opportunities to launch your career or take it to the next level. 

Administrative Residency

The administrative residency is an integrative experiential learning and career development component of the health care MBA program. A typical residency involves students completing one or more management projects in a health care organization, while also attending executive meetings and engaging in other meaningful activities in that organization. The goal is for students to apply the skills they developed in class to real-life projects and problems in a health care setting, thereby demonstrating their competencies and the value they bring to a potential employer.

The residency occurs over a minimum period of 360 hours and may be done on a full-time or part-time basis. It is done after most of the coursework is completed. Working students can do the residency with their current employer or they can find a different organization. The residency project must be approved by a faculty advisor in the Widener health care management MBA program and supervised by a preceptor in the organization where it is performed. Students are expected to submit a residency proposal at the beginning, an interim report midway through the residency, and a final report upon completion. These reports must be signed off by the preceptor and the faculty advisor.

Students with managerial experience in the health care field can request a waiver from the administrative residency requirement. They must submit documentation of their management experience. 

Professional and Career Development Workshops

The health care management MBA program complements course-based competency development with professional and career development workshops conducted by highly experienced consultants. Students develop a personal career development plan and learn how to use social networking sites to build their professional network. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a health career panel that includes recruiters from local health care organizations.

Student Testimonials

Jim Beinlich, Associate CIO, University of Pennsylvania Health System said,

“The health care management MBA at Widener has been invaluable in my career. I used the skills and techniques learned in my job, often before the semester was even over.”

Debbie Sweeney, Director of Medical Management, Delaware Physicians Care Inc. said,

“The degree gave me the tools to integrate clinical and financial expertise to effectively manage programs at a large managed care organization.”