Published: June 7, 2011
The School of Public Health at UNT Health Science Center Fort Worth (UNTHSC) has signed an agreement with the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University (TCU), allowing students from the Health Science Center’s School of Public Health and TCU MBA students from the Neeley School of Business to take classes on the partnering campuses beginning this summer.
According to Dr. Richard S. Kurz, UNTHSC Dean of the School of Public Health, this new partnership gives students in the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program an opportunity to expand their business expertise in preparation for health care leadership and management careers.
“There is a growing demand in today’s society to focus on financial issues in health care – never has this been more important for our students to learn and put into practice,” he says.
For TCU Neeley students with an interest in public health and the health care sector, the opportunity brings an additional, unique perspective to their business degree plan as well.
Classes that UNTHSC students may take at TCU can include, but aren’t limited to: Financial Reporting, Accounting for Managerial Planning, Marketing Management, Engaging and Empowering People, and Leading and Guiding Organizations. Classes that TCU students may take at UNTHSC can include, but are not limited to: Insurance and Managed Care, Health Care Law and Health Economics.
“We are pleased to work with such a highly recognized business school as TCU’s Neeley,” Kurz notes, “and this opens up not just an enhanced learning experience for our students but also brings added value to their degree, along with additional networking opportunities for future job placements. Likewise, here at UNTHSC, we can offer the health management and global public health view that some business students are interested in exploring. We consider this to be a definite win/win for both schools and our students.”
According to O. Homer Erekson, John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business at TCU, “Health care is consistently rated as one of the top industries for job opportunities over the next decade, so this new emphasis gives our MBA students an additional edge in a popular field.” In addition to the new health care emphasis, the Neeley School provides MBA emphasis in energy, real estate, consulting and entrepreneurship.