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FAQs | Executive MBA in Health Administration

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What expenses can I expect?

In addition to tuition, students should budget for airfare for five trips to Denver, lodging for approximately 30 nights, and meals. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks are provided on days when classes are scheduled.

All academic materials (textbooks, course-related software, reading packets) are covered by tuition.

Students who do not own a personal computer and modem that meet the minimum specifications will need to budget for these expenses as well. Students will also need access to the Internet through a local or national Internet service provider.

What are the on-campus dates?

Students come to campus on five separate occasions during the two-year Program. Total on-campus time is approximately 30 days. The on-campus sessions are mandatory.

The first day listed on the schedule is the first day of class. Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. The schedule is subject to change, but students will be given notice well in advance of such changes.

How are classes conducted off campus?

Students take four classes per semester. Each class is introduced during the on-campus portion. Students meet their professors and receive textbooks, reading packets, and course outlines. Introductory lectures and group discussions take place during this time.

Off campus, students maintain contact with professors and classmates via the computer conferencing system. The conferencing systems lets students send electronic mail, share files, and participate in electronic group discussions. Each course has its own area on the conferencing system and students can read and respond to questions from their professors and classmates.

How much time does the program require?

The average student spends 20-25 hours per week on assignments, papers, group projects, and computer conferencing while off campus. This will vary depending on the course and the instructor. Students do not need to be logged on to the computer conferencing system at any specific day or time. Conferencing can be done at the student's convenience - early in the morning, in the evening, during lunch, or on weekends.

Most students access the system at least three times per week to keep the amount of new messages received each time to a minimum.

What is the typical student like?

Students come from a variety of backgrounds. A typical class comprises physicians (30-40 percent), nurses (15-25 percent), and administrators (40-50 percent). Other health care professionals include pharmacists, dentists, and consultants.

Rural, urban, public, and private hospitals and health care organizations are represented. Students come from across the United States and Canada.

Is financial aid available?

Most students receive financial aid in the form of need-based or non-need-based student loans. A limited amount of grant money is also available to eligible students each year.

Please call the program office for additional information.

Are there any prerequisites for the program?

Previous education in business administration is not required. Students should have a basic understanding of college-level algebra prior to entering the program. Self-study material in algebra and microeconomics is provided to students who need help in these areas. Some students find it helpful to do work in statistics and accounting prior to the first on-campus session if they have limited business backgrounds.

What computer experience and hardware is required?

You will need access to an IBM-compatible or Macintosh computer with a modem. You will also be required to have a direct Internet connection for accessing the computer conferencing system. Students with limited computer and software experience are strongly encouraged to take a seminar on computer basics and tutorial on Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) prior to beginning the program.

How does an MBA in health administration differ from a traditional MBA?

The Executive MBA in Health Administration focuses exclusively on the health care industry. Some MBA programs only offer electives on health care topics. Our program fully immerses the student in the business of health care. You'll receive the same rigorous analytical and financial skills offered in a traditional MBA program, but you will also receive the knowledge and skills needed to understand the economic, financial, organizational, and political structure that is unique to the health care industry.


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