Linda Green, HPM Faculty Director, was recently interviewed for the Pharm Exec article where she highlights the benefits of obtaining an MBA degree with a healthcare focus at Columbia Business School. Professor Green emphasizes how Columbia's traditional MBA unlike specialized programs, provides a well-rounded business education that prepares students for the world of business."Anything you teach that’s very specific to an industry right now is likely to be outdated very rapidly.” It’s much more important, says Green, to prepare students “with general perspectives and tools and frameworks for understanding the world of business.” The school does not offer a specialized healthcare MBA track, but is a general MBA program “that gives students options to take as many or as few courses as they want concerning healthcare,” says Professor Linda Green, HPM faculty director. “
There’s a whole slew of things that students can take advantage of to tailor their experience at the school to their specific interests. We’re extraordinarily flexible in that regard.” The HPM track offers extra-curricular activities such as lunch and learns and an annual healthcare conference. Columbia’s guest speakers comprise a “Who’s Who of industry leaders,” says Green, including CEOs of major companies, major hospitals, and government representatives. “We also have a very active alumni group, so there’s a tremendous amount of interaction and networking with industry.” Students on the Columbia HPM track are encouraged to take advantage of the healthcare courses taught at other Columbia schools that may enhance their knowledge of the field. MBA students may count a combined maximum of 6-credits of graduate-level courses from other Columbia Schools toward the MBA degree.
There is no shortage of applicants for Columbia—Green notes that it is “really hard to get into the school.” Generally, Columbia students have been out of their undergraduate degrees for four to five years and all have some career background. Almost all the students do an internship, and, as for subsequently finding a job, Columbia “has one of the best employment records of any school.”
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