Eller Launches Virtual Healthcare Mini-MBA To Build Future-Proof Leaders and Industry Champions

Nov. 10, 2020


“Market forces, technology and health policies are challenging leaders to rethink healthcare delivery. If you work in healthcare, you need to develop a strategic mindset so that you, your team and your organization can see the current turbulence as an opportunity.”
 -  Eller Executive Education Assistant Dean Joe Carella.

Livecast Thursday, Nov. 19 with Olympic Athletes and Healthcare Industry Leaders
Kicks Off One of First Programs Developed for Today’s Healthcare Workforce

Phoenix, AZ — To help healthcare leaders bounce back from the unprecedented adversity caused by COVID-19, Dignity Health Global Education (DHGE) is launching one of the nation’s first online Healthcare Mini-MBAs. Designed for today’s healthcare workers by noted healthcare leaders, the flexible 12-week program teaches business fundamentals and the skills leaders need to be champions for the industry. DHGE’s inaugural Healthcare Mini-MBA, developed in conjunction with the University of Arizona’s nationally-ranked Eller Executive Education, launches in early 2021.

To launch the new course, DHGE is hosting a livecast Thursday, November 19 at 2:30 p.m. MST/ 4:30 p.m. EST.  Entitled A Winning Mindset: Achieving Greatness for the Future of Healthcare, it will feature three-time World Champion and two-time Olympic medal winner in shot put  John Godina, Ginger Figg, former chief administrative officer for Norton Medical Group, Deborrah Himsel, executive coach, author and adjunct lecturer in management and organizations at Eller, and Doug Watson, chief financial officer for Dignity Health. In addition to Godina, subject matter experts for the November 12 livecast include former Pittsburgh Steelers player Max Starks and track and field Olympic medalist Ato Boldon. Joe Carella, assistant dean of Eller Executive Education, will moderate the livecast. To register, visit DHGE Mini-MBA Webinar.

“Despite having seen tremendous examples of leadership during the COVID-19 crisis, healthcare—and the world—is still struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic,” says Marvin O'Quinn, president and COO of CommonSpirit Health. “We can't expect our clinicians to be natural-born leaders and simply cope. The healthcare industry needs to give these professionals the business fundamentals, confidence as well as the winning mindset, combined with real-world lessons, to help our organizations grow and thrive. As the head of one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the U.S., I can attest that we don't have time for people to get full MBAs in order to gain these skills. We need them now. If we are going to get through this crisis, we need leaders with education developed by health experts with proven track records that provide the guidance necessary to get through these critical challenges.”

"Collaboration between industry and academia like the partnership we have with Dignity Health Global Education will be essential in solving the complex challenges that lie ahead for healthcare leaders," says Carella. The Healthcare MiniMBA "has a unique combination of faculty, healthcare practitioners and sports authorities who can help you navigate the shift from being just another healthcare worker to a healthcare change-maker."

The Healthcare Mini-MBA includes strategies that acknowledge the changes the industry has undergone during COVID-19 and the vital importance of resilience and mental health. Lessons from world-class athletes, who routinely deal with high-pressure situations, are an integral part of the program.

The course also addresses the three primary requirements for effective workforce development programs: 1) affordability, 2) convenience and 3) relevance. Modules within the Healthcare Mini-MBA are developed by executives with leading healthcare organizations who provide insights into what’s needed for healthcare leaders today and create learning materials that reflect real-world problems and challenges.

“To do their jobs and be successful, a full MBA isn’t what most people in healthcare need,” says Andrew Malley, CEO of DHGE. “More physicians, nurses and other clinicians are moving into leadership. There’s also the need for succession planning as older leaders retire. This means healthcare needs a practical approach to gaining real-world knowledge. With our newest program, we provide the skills and knowledge that will help healthcare professionals at any level of the leadership chain feel more competent and prepare them to compete on today’s complex and dynamic healthcare industry stage.”

The certificate, which carries 24 CMEs/CEUs, is the latest program from the independent online workforce development company, dedicated solely to the healthcare industry.

For more information visit, https://dhge.org/our-programs/online-mini-mba-arizona-eller-executive-education/

About DHGE

Dignity Health Global Education (DHGE) is the leading healthcare workforce development company. Dedicated to providing customized educational opportunities and a student-centric experience, DHGE develops online programs and workforce development solutions with industry, for industry. They achieve this goal by partnering with top-ranked academic institutions and thought-leading professionals.  For more information, visit www.dhge.org.


About Eller Executive Education

Eller Executive Education (EEE) is the non-degree executive development arm of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. EEE is the number one ranked executive education provider in the state of Arizona, seventh overall in the U.S. and 24th globally (Financial Times, 2020). The Eller Executive program has delivered its professional programs in more than 90 locations using its network of 2,150 available faculty members. EEE is most notably recognized as a leading global provider of designing and delivering customized leadership development solutions. It has achieved the fastest progression in the rankings of any executive education provider for customized learning programs from 2016 to 2019. For more information, visit www.executive.eller.arizona.edu.