Executive MBA in Healthcare launched by Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia


VANCOUVER, Nov. 19 - The launch of an Executive MBA in Healthcare by the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia underscores the fundamental change in today's healthcare field. Every stakeholder group is demanding measurable results, and this has led to a strong demand for innovative leaders who aim not only to improve, but to transform, the management and delivery of healthcare.

"The dramatic restructuring of the health system over the past decade has created the need for the managers of today and tomorrow to seek new opportunities for directed studies with a decided managerial focus in health," said Bob Smith, Sauder School Adjunct Professor, Director of Education for the UBC Centre for Health Care Management, and former CEO of the Fraser Health Authority.

The UBC Executive MBA in Healthcare is designed for senior managers from all sectors of the health delivery continuum with at least eight years of experience - including administrators, physicians, and health industry specialists in government, management, pharmacy, biotechnology and research.

The 15 month, part-time program applies the broad and rigorous management and leadership fundamentals of an MBA program to the context and complexities of healthcare. The inaugural program will offer 2008 students an adaptable, flexible business education in such realms as healthcare economics, financial management, and operations and logistics, as well as leadership and change management.

"Participants in this program will benefit from the expertise within the Sauder School and from our important healthcare partnerships at the local and national levels," said Daniel F. Muzyka, Dean of the Sauder School of Business.

The Executive MBA program, taught by Sauder's world class faculty and healthcare industry leaders, was designed by a unique collaboration between the UBC Centre for Health Care Management and the Leaders for Life Program.

The program is being developed in consultation with an advisory group composed of senior healthcare leaders from British Columbia Health Authorities, and representatives from the BC Medical Association, the BC Nurses Union and the Canadian College of Health Service Executives.

The inaugural program commences in April 2008 and registration for the program is currently open.

"The EMBA is being developed to meet needs in the healthcare field that currently are not being met," said John Mabbott, Executive Director of the UBC Centre for Health Care Management. "Leaders will learn business management techniques adapted for the healthcare system".

The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia is Canada's leading academic business school. Recognized globally for its contributions to management practice through innovative research and teaching, the school is dedicated to opening worlds of opportunities for its students, alumni and associated communities.

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For further information: Derek Moscato, Sauder School of Business,
University of British Columbia,, (604) 822-8345