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May 25, 2016

MSU pilots second joint medical and business degree

Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and Broad College of Business will begin a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Business Administration joint degree in fall 2016.

The joint M.D./MBA provides additional preparation for physician leaders in navigating the changing landscape of the health care industry.

“Adding business administration skills to medical education will help prepare our students to be leaders of health care organizations,” said Aron Sousa, interim dean of the College of Human Medicine.

The MBA portion of the degree specializes in management, strategy and leadership, while providing foundational management skills required for organization leaders. The dual-degree program is designed to be completed in six years, though some students may finish in five years.

The M.D./MBA partnership comes on the heels of a similar partnership between the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Broad College of Business to offer a D.O./MBA.

“Our new joint degree programs with osteopathic medicine and human medicine are symptomatic of physicians wanting more say in how health care is delivered. They want to be involved in visioning and leading the way forward to more efficient and effective health care organizations. Students who are taking four years of medical school and then adding another two years of business school are clearly passionate and committed to furthering the state of medical practice,” said Glenn Omura, associate dean of MBA and professional master’s programs at the Broad College of Business.

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