Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare)

Learn and engage with other healthcare professionals

The Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) program provides the business knowledge to meet today's healthcare management challenges. Healthcare professionals such as physicians, residents, nurses, pharmacists, administrators and military will learn from experienced professors and other industry leaders in healthcare-specific class sections alongside core business classes. In addition, graduates and alumni of the UK MBA are able to pursue various managerial, technical and leadership roles inside or outside of healthcare. Visit our career outcomes to learn more, along with our committment to diversity.


Real-Time, Online Option

The new Real-Time, Online option offers candidates the opportunity to attend classes in person (traditional), online from any location (distance learning), or a combination of both (blended). This experience delivers a live classroom environment allowing students to learn, connect and participate in a virtual space with faculty, classmates and project teams. This real-time, online option will launch in the Fall of 2019.

Real-Time, Online Option


Admissions & Preparatory Courses

Submitted applications are considered on a rolling admissions cycle, so it's strongly recommended to apply early into the program. The Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) offers two class starts each year in August (Fall semester) and January (Spring semester). Before applying into the MBA program, please review the Admissions Requirements, MBA Preparatory CoursesFAQ's and the GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy.

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Certifications & Concentration

MBA students at the University of Kentucky can earn value-added professional certifications in Project Management, Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma and Global Commerce and Strategy. Candidates also have the opportunity to take entrepreneurship electives or obtain the full concentration in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation. For healthcare leaders, candidates can also consider obtaining the Graduate Certificate in Improving Healthcare Value.

Professional Certifications Entrepreneurship Concentration Graduate Certificate in Improving Healthcare Value


Dual Degrees

The Gatton College of Business and Economics has partnered with the Colleges of Pharmacy and Law at the University of Kentucky to offer unique dual degree programs, coupled with the Professional MBA For Leaders in Healthcare, which offer highly specialized employment opportunities for our graduates. 

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Program Description & Curriculum

Learn the language of business within healthcare.

The Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) has been tailored for the working healthcare professional seeking to increase their business acumen. The curriculum is offered in two different tracks: a two-year plan of study, or a three-year plan of study. Each class meets just once a week in the evenings from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. The 36-credit hour program consists of 9 core business classes (27 credits), five of which are healthcare specific sections and 3 elective courses. The five healthcare-specific courses are Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing and Health Service & System Organization, which can be taken as a stand-alone certificate called the Graduate Certificate in Improving Healthcare Value.

Two Year Plan of Study:

Year One Year Two
Fall Semester ACC 628 - Financial & Managerial Accounting

MBA 615 - Supply Chain Strategy

ECO 610 - Managerial Economics CPH 600 - Health Services & Systems Organization
MKT 600 - Marketing Management Elective Course*
Spring Semester FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy

MGT 699 - Business Policy and Strategy II

DIS 651 - Quantitative Analysis in Business Decision Making Elective Course*
MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations Elective Course*

Three Year Plan of Study:

Year One Year Two Year Three
Fall Semester ACC 628 - Financial & Managerial Accounting MKT 600 - Marketing Management CPH 600 - Health Services & Systems Organization
ECO 610 - Managerial Economics

MBA 615 - Supply Chain Strategy

Elective Course*
Spring Semester FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy

MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations

MGT 699 - Business Policy and Strategy II

DIS 651 - Quantitative Analysis in Business Decision Making

Elective Course*

Elective Course*

*MBA Elective Courses Include:

FIN 645 - Corporate Investment & Financing MKT 695 - Data Visualization
MBA 616 - Supply Chain Operations MBA 645 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation I**
MGT 612 - Negotiation & Conflict Resolution

MBA 647 Early Stage Venture Finance**

MGT 620 - Personnel & Industrial Relations

MBA 648 Intellectual Property (IP) & Commercialization**

MGT 690 - Strategic Thinking & Analysis

MBA 646 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation II**

MKT 601 - Marketing Research
**These electives represent the individual courses required to graduate with the Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation Concentration

MBA Spotlight

Phillip Chang

Phillip K. Chang, MD
Chief Medical Officer at the University of Kentucky Healthcare

Tim Mullett

Timothy W. Mullett, MD
Thoracic Surgeon at the University of Kentucky Healthcare

Jill Townsend

Jill Townsend
Finance Director at the University of Kentucky's College of Dentistry

Zaki Hassan

Zaki Hassan, MD
Medical Director and Professor of Anesthesiology at UK Healthcare

Matia Cary

Matia K. Cary
Brand Manager at Tempur Sealy International

Romil Chadha

Romil Chadha, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Kentucky

Leslie McKinney

Leslie McKinney
Revenue Cycle Director, HIS Project Manager at Eastern State Hospital

Ronnie Zeidan

Ronnie Zeidan, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at University of Kentucky Healthcare

Arundathi Reddy, MD

Arundathi Reddy, MD
Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

 


Tuition & Funding

2018 – 2019 Tuition and Fees

Two Year Plan of Study (9 credit hours per semester) Kentucky Resident and Online Students**** Non-Resident****
Professional MBA Tuition (Entire Program)* $32,853 $38,372
Full-Time Mandatory Fees (Entire Program)** $2,698 $2,698
Approximate Total Program Cost*** $35,551 $41,070
Three Year Plan of Study (6 credit hours per semester) Kentucky Resident and Online Students**** Non-Resident****
Professional MBA Tuition (Entire Program)* $32,886 $38,405

Part-Time Mandatory Fees (Entire Program)**

$1,530 $1,530
Approximate Total Program Cost*** $34,416 $39,935

*Tuition rate will not change while continuously enrolled in the program. Includes non-refundable $500 tuition deposit, which is required before the start of program and will be applied to first semester's tuition.
**Mandatory fees are subject to change while continuously enrolled in the program.
*** Total costs do not include books, certification fees, or any living expense. Book Estimate is $2000 - $2500 for the entire program.

All current rates are subject to change and typically increase each year

****The policy for determining residency is established by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Council on Post Secondary Education. Students who are unsure of their residency status, should refer to the Registrar’s Office Residency Policy before applying for admission. For graduate and professional program students enrolled exclusively in distance learning courses, any fully online courses (i.e., Internet, web-based), will be assessed using the applicable resident tuition rate, regardless of residency status. (UK's Registrar's Tuition and Fees, Footnote 4)

Tuition Refunds

Students who withdraw from the program are subject to the Fee Liability Policy as stated on the University of Kentucky Registrar's page. The University Fee Liability Policy is published in the Schedule of Classes and the University Bulletin. Under this policy, students who officially withdraw from the University by canceling his or her registration via myUK or in writing through the Registrar’s Office or withdraws from a course before the first day of the semester as designated in the official University Calendar is entitled to a full refund of registration fees paid or to cancellation of the amount owed for the term.

Fall 2019 Start Date: August 21

  • Before August 21: 100% refund
  • August 22 – August 29: 80% refund
  • August 30 – September 20: 50% refund
  • After September 20: No refund

Spring 2020 Start Date: January 9

  • Before January 9: 100% refund
  • January 10 – January 17: 80% refund
  • January 18 – February 7: 50% refund
  • After February 7: No refund

University of Kentucky's Employee Education Program (EEP)

Employees may take advantage of tuition benefits at the University of Kentucky by receiving a tuition waiver for UK coursework in order to further their career development, pursue other academic interests or build coursework to enhance their foundation for career change or advancement. For more information, please contact the University of Kentucky's HR Education Benefits at edubenefits@uky.edu.

University of Kentucky Alumni Scholarships

The University of Kentucky's Alumni Association is pleased to provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students attending the University of Kentucky. During 2017-2018, the UK Alumni Association and Alumni Clubs provided over 150 students with scholarships, ranging from $500 - $2,500. These awards are available through an application process that is independent of the need-based financial aid process. Please click here for more information. 

Financial Aid

For information regarding Student Financial Aid please visit UK Financial Aid.


Contact Us

Before applying into the MBA program please review the Admissions Requirements, MBA Preparatory CoursesGMAT/GRE Waiver Policy and FAQ's. For any questions or additional information, please contact:

Christopher Carney
Director of MBA Recruitment
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.257.7645 (office) | christopher.carney@uky.edu

Dr. Zaki Hassan
UK MBA Liaison
Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery
Enterprise Director of Simulation, University of Kentucky/ UK Healthcare
Medical Director of the UK Healthcare Comprehensive Simulation Center
Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesiology
zaki.hassan@uky.edu