University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health and the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) College of Business have partnered to provide graduate students with the opportunity to earn a Graduate Certificate in Public Health while simultaneously earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) beginning Spring 2020. This program will be available online and will allow students to earn both degree and certificate in 46 credits rather than 52, which equates to about five semesters.
Dr. William Fannin, professor at the UTPB College of Business and program coordinator, approached UTHealth School of Public Health about the partnership after seeing an interest in public health and healthcare administration among students. “You’re getting people who are needing to know the basics of business,” explained Dr. Fannin, “[and] how to be a good business manager within the environment of the health services industry. One of the ways to do that is through this certificate of public health combined with an MBA,” Dr. Fannin said.
“This degree program marks the first time we’ve paired a certificate with a Masters of Business Administration,” says Dr. Robert Hammarberg, Manager of Academic Affairs at UTHealth School of Public Health and program coordinator.
The MBA program at UTPB provides the essential professional tools to advance graduates into managerial careers, while the Graduate Certificate in Public Health can provide individuals already working in the health and medical industries with a better understanding of how public health intersects with business and workforce needs.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 27