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CU Denver Executive MBA Health Care Program Ranks No. 7 in the Nation Alongside Duke, Yale

December 7, 2021

The University of Colorado Denver’s Executive MBA in Health Care Administration (EMBA) program ranked in the top 10 nationally for attracting physician executives. These marks come from Modern Health Care, a top business publication targeting executives in the health care industry. This helps bolster CU Denver’s 2030 goal of becoming Colorado’s “university for life,” providing high-quality, relevant education at every stage of career and life—from 17 to 117 years old.

Ranking alongside Duke University, Yale School of Medicine, and Dartmouth, CU Denver’s EHMBA is the oldest Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)-accredited program in the Rocky Mountain region. The 24-month program brings in a diverse set of experienced professionals from a myriad of health areas including pharmacists, physicians, dentists, and pharmaceutical sales consultants. It is one of the highest-ranked programs for health care executives looking for an MBA in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report

The accolades come at a time when employment of medical and health services managers is growing at an unprecedented rate. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates these occupations to grow 32% from 2020 to 2030—much faster than the average for other professions. On average, roughly 52,000 openings for medical and health services managers are projected to arise each year over the next decade. 

In referencing this distinction, Scott Dawson, PhD, and dean of CU Denver’s Business School said, “We are very proud of the EMBA Health Administration program, which has educated senior leaders across the country for more than 30 years. With top-ranked programs, outstanding leadership, and a deep bench of research and practitioner faculty, health administration is one of the Business School’s key areas for global distinction.” 

The EHMBA program has been a leader in executive health education since 1986 and remains the only CAHME-accredited executive health program in the region. Over 1,000 students have graduated from the program and there are alums now in all 50 states and dozens of countries. 

“As the industry has changed to encourage physician leadership, our program is proud of our progress to lead the way in that education,” said Rulon Stacey, PhD, program director for graduate programs in health administration. “Over 70% of our executive students are physicians or come from another clinical background, and I believe that puts this program at the forefront of providing the exact education the industry needs at the exact time the industry needs these students.” 

The rankings are pulled from Modern Health Care’s 2021 Business Graduate Schools for Physician Executives survey. The survey is based off results from 15 campuses.