Write-to-Learn: Unique Program for FIU Healthcare MBA Students Prepares Them to Think and Write Critically
While most students in a Healthcare MBA program have considerable healthcare or managerial experience, it may have been years—and for some, decades—since they've written an essay or paper. As healthcare managers on the rise, they will quickly discover that strong writing and communication skills are essential to their career growth.
To ensure that FIU’s HCMBA students develop the critical writing and communication skills they will need, FIU offers Write-to-Learn (W2L), a unique program for graduate students enrolled in the College of Business.
College of Business showcases its presence in FIU’s new Miramar campus.
The College of Business has taken a commanding presence at FIU’s recently inaugurated academic center in Miramar. Programs already underway include accounting, financial management, international business, a professional MBA, and a healthcare MBA.
A joint FIU-Broward College facility, FIU at I-75 is located at 1930 S.W. 145 Ave. and will hold its open house on October 25. Course offerings include business, liberal arts, construction management, engineering, education and public administration.
FIU'S HCMBA Program Welcomes Two New Faculty Members
FIU Chapman Graduate School of Business is delighted to welcome two new faculty members for this fall.
Sam Paustian-Underdahl, assistant professor of management, received her PhD. in Organizational Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and will be teaching an organizational behavior class this fall.
Sue Ganske Mota, clinical professor of business law, has over 30 years teaching experience in business law, and 20 years teaching experience in MBA programs. This fall she will be teaching a class in the legal environment of business.
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Healthcare MBA Program
The MBA in Healthcare Management provides the knowledge and skills necessary for management careers in various health services organizations. The program emphasizes the practical applications of the concepts and theories of management and business within healthcare settings. In addition, we place particular emphasis on critical thinking, self-development, communication and teambuilding skills, problem-solving competence, and ethical leadership.
The mission of the Healthcare MBA Program at Florida International University is to improve the delivery of health services through the education of healthcare managers, service to the community and the profession, and research. The Program provides educational opportunity with a special commitment to multicultural and working students. The educational mission is to provide early to mid-level career path students with professional knowledge and with conceptual, analytical, technical, and ethical skills to manage healthcare systems collaboratively with competency, sound decision-making and integrity.
The vision of the Healthcare MBA program is to become South Florida’s leading healthcare management program known locally, nationally, and internationally for providing quality education, service to community, and research.
- Excellence in the dissemination and acquisition of knowledge and applications
- Responsibility as committed global citizens advancing best practices in healthcare
- Respect for all individuals
Our Healthcare MBA curriculum consists of high-level graduate business and healthcare courses specially designed for management professionals. The program is designed for the convenience of the student while at the same time fosters learning at an accelerated rate using a cohort-based model.
Professional Development Seminars
Three non-credit seminars will focus on soft skills such as leadership, team building, oral presentation, writing skills and career exploration. There will be team-building activities which include classroom exercises in group decision-making and problem-solving. Challenging outdoor exercises will be included to help participants build the skills they will need to work together in the program and to succeed in today's team-based organizations. Students will also work with a presentation and writing skills coach to improve the communication and writing skills that are critical to managerial success. All Professional Development Seminars are mandatory.
This course covers analysis, design, and operations organizational systems. The system approach is used to provide a framework or general model of analysis, to which specific concepts, quantitative techniques, and tools can be related.
Legal Environment of Business
This course studies the importance of law and legal institutions on commerce workings of administrative law, various aspects of employment legislation and other areas of the healthcare environment.
This course is the analysis and application of theory and problem solving for marketing management in the healthcare environment. Emphasis will be on the role of marketing in an organization, planning the marketing effort, management of marketing effort, management of marketing organizations, control of marketing operations, and evaluations of the marketing contributions.
This course examines individual, interpersonal, and small group behavior in healthcare organizations. Focus is on behavior, its causes, and management interventions to improve organizational effectiveness. Research methods to study organizational behavior are used.
Organization Information Systems
This course provides an introduction to information systems and their role in health services organizations from a user's viewpoint. It surveys and reviews applications of the basic concepts necessary for understanding information systems. It includes study of the main activities in the development cycle used to acquired information systems capabilities.
Accounting for Managers
This course is a presentation of the nature, techniques, and uses of accounting from the perspective of people who manage health services organizations. It covers both financial and management accounting.
Financial Reporting and Analysis
This course uses a comprehensive treatment of analysis of health services organizations’ financial statements as aid for decision making; looks at current state of financial reporting practices and impact of published statements on economic systems.
In-depth examination of asset, liability and capital structure management, with emphasis on valuation capital budgeting techniques; risk evaluation; working capital management, and methods of short-term, intermediate and long-term financing. Prerequisite: ACG 6026 or equivalent
The use of cases, guest lectures, and gaming to integrate the analysis and measurement tools, the functional areas and health policy issues. The objective is to develop skill in broad area of rational decision-making in an administrative context of uncertainty.
Management of Healthcare Organizations in the 21st Century
This course explores the use of evidence-based management for effective planning and decision-making by today’s healthcare managers. Concepts and theories from the general management literature will be identified for dealing with the emerging issues of the health care industry relating to the delivery of effective, patient-centered care. Field-based examples will be used to illustrate how managers use available information and data to improve the quality of organizational decisions and processes to achieve fiscal sustainability.
Economic and Decision Analysis in Health Services
Using economics as a tool, this course analyzes specific world-wide health care problems and functioning of global health care markets.
Financing & Reimbursement of Health Systems
In this course financing models for health delivery systems are examined. Reimbursement strategy of Medicare, Medicaid and other third party payers are analyzed.
Health Policy and Economics
This course examines the impact of government, private sector, and interest groups on priority setting in global health policymaking and national health strategies using basic economics principles.
Master’s Project in Management
Each student will conduct a research project on a specific health care management problem in a community or institutional setting. Students are expected to demonstrate the application of the theories, concepts and skills acquired during the didactic portion of their graduate healthcare management education. It is an opportunity for the student to integrate prior learning within a healthcare delivery setting.
Intended for the working professional with a minimum of four years of relevant professional work experience, the Chapman Graduate School of Business’ Healthcare MBA is a fast-paced, stimulating Saturday-only MBA program featuring outstanding faculty and the unique opportunity to interact with your peers in a dynamic learning environment. You’ll be assigned to a study team that functions as a support group throughout the program.
Our accelerated eighteen-month program allows you to complete your Healthcare MBA without interrupting your career. At the start of the program, an orientation, a three-day professional development seminar is held, plus refresher courses in accounting and other quantitative skills.
Our convenient, accelerated, Saturday-only Healthcare MBA program offers a great schedule for completing your MBA:
- The program requires 42 credit hours of coursework along with professional development seminars.
- Classes are held at our downtown Miami state-of-the-art facility (Fall Cohort) and our Broward location (Spring Cohort).
- Classes meet on Saturdays only in a hybrid format.
- The time to completion is eighteen months.
As a student in the Healthcare MBA program, you’ll find you’re attending one of the top MBA schools in Florida and in the U. S. and enjoying a unique learning environment that enables you to:
- interact with world-class faculty and senior healthcare executives
- experience a high level of personal service and support
- build a lasting network of friends
- attend class on Saturdays in our downtown Miami state-of-the-art facility (Fall) or our Broward County location (Spring).
- complete program in eighteen months.
Average years of experience: 6.5 years
Average age: 31
Average class size: 35
Average GPA: 3.2
Clinical and non-clinical
Students come from: hospital and healthcare networks, private clinical practice, long-term care facilities, insurance, providers, pharmaceutical, medical device companies, and consulting firms.
Student Program Completion and Employment Rates:
Completion rate for December 2013 graduating class: 100%
Percent of December 2013 Class employed within 3 months after graduation: 97%
HCMBA Fall 2015 Pre-Start Schedule
New Student Orientation: TBAProfessional Development Seminars (Residency 1): TBA
- Team Building
- Communication Skills
- Ropes Course
(Attendance is mandatory for New Student Orientation and all Professional Development Seminars)
Online W2L Part 1
The Write-to-Learn (W2L): Building Critical Thinking Skills program is designed to enhance the critical thinking and writing skills of graduate students enrolled in Florida International University’s College of Business. To accomplish this, students work closely with the writing coach throughout their program of study. Students demonstrate mastery of the different patterns of organization, author’s point of view and purpose, and intended audience. In addition, they improve their writing skills through individualized assistance while using the conventions of standard written English in all assignments. Students also revise drafts as an essential step of the writing process and learn to use APA publication style conventions.
Online Foundations Course
The educational module introduces students to the historical development, structure, operation, and current and future directions of the major components of the American health care delivery system. It reviews the historical evolution of the health care system’s features and examines the ways in which health care services are organized and delivered, the influences that affect health care public policy decisions, factors that determine priorities for the allocation of health care resources, and the relationship of health care costs to measurable benefits. It allows the student sufficient time prior to the start of classes to explore the Learning Management System (LMS) and to gain competence in it use.
Healthcare MBA Students
To be eligible for admission to our Healthcare MBA program, you must:
- Four years of professional work experience - Professional experience is determined on a case-by-case basis using a resume, and any requested supporting documents. Our admissions committee evaluates an individual's accomplishments, roles, and responsibilities to determine the total number of years of professional experience. FIU considers the individual's managerial responsibilities, role in setting direction & strategy, and his/her role in allocating resources. Normally, professional experience begins at the point of graduation; however, FIU may consider prior work experience based on type of experience.
- Meet the general university requirements for admission to a graduate degree program.
- Be in good standing with all previously-attended colleges and universities.
- Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Have a grade point average of 3.0 or better based on upper-division coursework. Applicants with less than a 3.0 with strong work experience may be considered.
- Have official transcripts from all previously-attended universities (undergraduate and graduate) in an envelope *sealed* by the degree-granting institution(s).
- Have official proof of degree—a copy of the original diploma is required.
- For those whose native language is not English, have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) must have a minimum score of 213 on the computer-Based TOEFL (CBT), 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (PBT), or an 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT). Applicants taking the IELTS must score a minimum of 6.5 overall. To obtain information about the TOEFL exam, please contact the English Language Institute 305-348-2222, or visit www.toefl.org. When requesting the official scores, please refer to the Florida International University Institution code 5206. To obtain more information about the IELTS, visit www.ielts.org.
- Although the GMAT or GRE is not required for this program, you may be asked to take it to strengthen your admission package.
*Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Healthcare MBA program.
Application deadlines for domestic applicants
August start term July 1st
January start term November 1st
Application deadlines for international applicants
August start term June 1st
January start term October 1st
Applications will be accepted on a space available basis. Please contact the Healthcare MBA office if you have questions regarding admissions policies. Early admission is advisable, since class size is limited and qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
To expedite the application process, be sure to submit your application's supporting materials to the Healthcare Management Program, even though you are applying online using the university’s graduate online application form. You may apply for this program by completing an online application.
All materials should be sent to:
FIU- Healthcare MBA Program
Chapman Graduate School of Business
Florida International University
1101 Brickell Avenue, 3rd Floor, South Tower
Miami, FL 33131
- Complete the online graduate programs admissions form.
- Submit official transcripts, proof of degree, relevant test scores, and other documentation.
- Submit a current resume (four years of professional work experience are required)
- Provide a statement of purpose—a one-page essay describing your professional goals and reasons for pursuing a master’s degree at Florida International University
- Provide two letters of professional recommendation. If you would like, you can provide your references with the recommendation letter format.
- Florida Residents: Two proofs of residency. Documents must be dated one year prior to the term you are seeking admissions. For a list of acceptable documents please use the link provided below.
** Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Healthcare MBA program.
Tuition and Scholarships
Tuition for the Professional MBA program for the 2014-2015 academic year (pending approval) is $52,000 for Florida residents and $54,000 for non-residents.
Students pay for courses at the beginning of each semester. A $500 nonrefundable professional development seminar fee is due upon acceptance into the program. The remaining balance is payable on a semester basis. Payments are due the first class day of each semester.
HCMBA tuition covers:
- all books, software and other educational materials
- university fees
- parking fees at the Brickell facility
- professional development seminars
- professional healthcare association membership
- professional healthcare associations' meetings
- various special events and materials
Students who leave the program will not be refunded any tuition fees already incurred as a result of previous classes taken during the program or from current classes registered at the time of withdrawal.
Because state law prohibits the university from extending credit, fee payment cannot be delayed beyond the start of classes or financed by HCMBA program or the university. An exception to the advance payment policy will be made only for those who have been awarded financial aid by the university (scholarship, fellowship, loan) and granted a deferment. To find information on scholarships and aid, please visit our financial aid page.
If you expect to receive aid from other sources, for all or part of the program, but will not receive aid in time to meet the advance payment deadline, you should arrange for financing through a bank or other financial institution to ensure that your program fees are paid on a timely basis.
All fees are subject to change.
For more information please visit our Financial Aid page.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook
For information, or to apply to the Healthcare MBA, please contact at email@example.com or 305-779-7900.