Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thinking About a Business Degree?

Healthcare professionals (especially physicians) who are interested in non-clinical careers often have a strong interest in business. However, they also frequently lack proper education and training in business. How many business majors do you know who went to medical school? Chances are, most of the people who were pre-med were either biology or chemistry majors. Business degrees can improve your market potential and also increase your salary if you find the right position. If you don't think you have time to pursue a business degree, keep in mind that many programs allow you to take a single course at a time. This way, you can take your time and get an MBA over several years. If you're not in a rush, this may be a good option.

I've always wanted to pursue an MBA. In fact, I'm seriously thinking about taking some courses this fall. I need to look at my workload and my schedule to see if this makes sense. I just finished my MPH last year and I would like to have a little break from studying, but if I'm going to take my time to get a business degree, then I'd like to start sooner rather than later. I've been collecting information from several different business schools and researching my options. If I don't start this fall, then I may begin some courses next year.


  1. What about an MPH in Healthcare Management? Isn't that about the equivalent of an MBA geared towards healthcare?

  2. If you look at the curriculum for an MPH vs. an MBA, you'll see that they are quite different. There is a degree called an MMM (master's in medical management) and that may be more like an MBA. But, if you pursue an MPH, you don't get much business education at all. Nothing about macro/micro economics, nothing about finance, etc.


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