Claremont Graduate University Offers New MBA/MPH Dual Degree

The CGU MBA/MPH program will develop leaders with world-class knowledge in global health leadership and management principles and population-based disease prevention and control. The first cohort of students will enroll in the fall 2009 semester for a six semester program, consisting of 25 courses, saving students 32 units of regular coursework.

Claremont, CA, July 08, 2009 --( Claremont Graduate University is now offering a dual MBA/MPH degree program beginning in Fall of 2009, one of ten programs in the United States.

This new offering will join the expertise and strengths of CGU’s Drucker School of Management with its new School of Community and Global Health. It is the first installment of an envisioned Health Systems Leadership Program, capacity aimed to integrate scientific knowledge with executive leadership skills through specially tailored programs for individuals desiring a management career in the health industry. The arrangement of the new CGU program allows students to complete both masters’ in less than three years.

“In addition to health being the largest sector of the economy, it is the only major sector that is continuing to grow and for which job opportunities remain good—and they will be better as the economic stimulus package plays out,” said C. Anderson Johnson, Dean of the School of Community and Global Health.

According to a 2006 World Health Organization (WHO) report, fifty-seven countries, most of them in Africa and Asia, face a severe health workforce crisis. It is estimated that a total of 4,250,000 health workers will be needed to meet the requirements globally. Additionally, it is widely acknowledged that most of the health workforce in many developed and developing countries lack formal education and training to respond effectively to the public health challenges, particularly leadership and management development.

“Health care is the largest single sector of our economy and requires much more effective management and leadership at all levels–from prevention programs to hospital treatment,” said Ira Jackson, Dean of the Drucker School. “The next frontier in public health is in prevention and changing behaviors, not just treating symptoms or tracking diseases. This program offers the best of both worlds.”

As students in the medical, public health and allied sciences prepare for and enter leadership careers, they face a workplace that is very different from the one managers faced a decade ago. Program graduates will, therefore, be equipped with the knowledge and competencies to transfer strategic thinking, scientific know-how and leadership skills to rapidly changing environments and global health challenges in the 21st century. They will become tomorrow’s leaders in a broad range of fields by setting new trends and direction in medicine, and public health. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, venture capital and entrepreneurial startups, policy development and advocacy, and health financing, insurance and consulting.

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The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management
Named after Professor Peter Drucker in 1974, the Drucker School was established to satisfy the niche of part time executive management education. Today, the school shares its name with one of the world’s most respected entrepreneurs, Masatoshi Ito, combining a thinker (Peter Drucker, the founder of modern management) with a doer (Masatoshi Ito, who built the largest retail network in Japan), and reflecting a decidedly global orientation. Drucker has some 4,400 alumni around the globe, many of whom are leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit sector.

The school is known for its innovative programs, which in addition to the Masters in Arts Management (AM), includes the traditional Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Executive Management Program (EMBA), a Master of Science in Financial Engineering (MSFE), a Master in Politics, and Business and Economics (MAPEB), as well as a variety of certificate programs and customized corporate executive education offerings. The Drucker School’s programs and degrees are unique in their focus on management as a liberal art, rather than specific concentrations on core business functions such as accounting, finance, or marketing.

About Claremont Graduate University
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is an independent institution devoted entirely to graduate study. More than 2,000 students are studying for Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 22 disciplines. Located 35 miles east of Los Angeles, CGU is part of a liberal arts consortium commonly known as The Claremont Colleges. The Claremont University Consortium (CUC) includes Pomona, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna and Pitzer colleges, plus the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, and Claremont Graduate University.

Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management
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