Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitt MBA Executive Program to Focus on Health Care

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitt MBA Executive Program to Focus on Health Care

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Brian Cunningham, a 2015 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's Katz Graduate School of Business, has nothing but praise for the Katz faculty and staff. "I learned so much through that program," he said in phone interview Wednesday.

Mr. Cunningham, 41, is the New York-based director for Pfizer pharmaceutical company's planning and innovation for Oncology North America. He completed the Pitt MBA program while based in Pittsburgh as Pfizer Oncology's district business manager.

While saying his education in the Katz program "really paid off," he also admits to "a little bit of envy" of prospective students in a new executive MBA program exclusively for health care executives that Katz plans to launch in May.

The 19-month program will be divided into five terms, starting with courses in leadership, accounting and statistical analysis, then information technology and economic analysis, followed by global supply chain management, health care policy, and insurance and risk management, among others.

The accelerated program hopes to draw about 25 executives from a broad range of health care sectors, including insurance, public health, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and those involved in the development of medical devices.

And it has Mr. Cunningham wistful about what it would have been like studying side by side with others in the health care industry.

An information technology class might focus on managing electronic health records, while another looks at the specialized nature of a managing a global pharmaceutical supply chain. Legal and ethical classes will zero on issues particular to a changing health care landscape, and specific courses can address the regulations associated with the Affordable Care Act, as well as those in the Food and Drug Administration.

"I think the level of knowledge would have been that much greater," said Mr. …

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