MBA adds healthcare management concentration

By Emily Salvatori, Editor
 
The Master of Business Administration added a new concentration in healthcare management. It was approved in September, and will be available for students in the fall of 2019.

Interim Director of the MBA program and the Center of Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Dr. Rickard Briggs, said, “West Liberty University is the only public university in West Virginia offering an online MBA program in healthcare management.”
 
Briggs said the concentration was added because of the “growing demand for healthcare professionals nationally and more specifically within the West Virginia market.”
 
The program helps students learn a solid business management foundation in core classes, while also gaining an understanding of social, ethical and organizational challenges. 
 
Currently, 89 students are enrolled in the MBA program, and there are concentrations in management and accounting. The master’s program is 100 percent online.
 
The 30-credit online program can be finished as quickly as one year or can be done at your own pace.
 
The website page states, “You’ll learn the relevance of business and technology to the provision of health and medical care.” As well as learning and preparing to adapt in changes in healthcare policy, healthcare laws and regulations, and healthcare technology.
 
Graduating from this program will prepare students in careers including nursing home director, health information manager and financial analyst. The program plans to prepare students for careers in government agencies, for-profits and non-profit organizations.
 
Briggs said the enrollment numbers in the MBA program have been increasing by 25 percent each semester, and they hope to double in size by 2020.
 
For more information, visit their website or contact Briggs at [email protected] 
 
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