Miami Herbert: The Premier Destination For Healthcare Leaders Navigating Tomorrow’s Evolving Landscape

Are you prepared for the future of healthcare?

Over the next eight years, healthcare is projected to grow from 17.4 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. economy, making the Patti and Allan Herbert Business School at the University of Miami an indispensable stop for healthcare clinicians, business executives, policymakers, and those passionate about healthcare, all seeking to stay ahead of the curve.

The business of healthcare lands squarely in Miami Herbert’s wheelhouse, thanks to its Executive MBA in Health Management and Policy and its Master of Health Administration programs, both regarded among the nation’s best. Miami Herbert’s illustrious faculty includes Alex Azar, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, who shares his nuanced grasp of healthcare’s impact on business during a Healthcare Policy class he teaches. 

“Our MBA is unique in that it is primarily healthcare-oriented with a business focus,” said Professor Steven Ullmann, the academic director of the Executive MBA in Health Management and Policy. “We are one of only a handful of programs that boast quadruple accreditation, AMBA, EQUIS, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and from the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

“I can count on one hand the number of programs that have been granted AACSB and CAHME,” added Ullmann, who has been a business professor at Miami Herbert since 1979.

With more physicians and nurses needing assistance to navigate the regulatory, legal, and financial labyrinth of modern healthcare, more are turning to Miami Herbert’s Executive MBA in Health Management and Policy and Master of Health Administration programs for a helping hand.

“In 1979, if I had one clinician seek a healthcare-related master’s degree, that was a lot,” Ullmann said. “Now, I would say roughly half of the students are clinicians. The others in the program are in a variety of areas in healthcare, such as the insurance sector and the hospital sector.”

Miami Herbert’s 21-month Executive MBA in Health Management and Policy is one of the oldest programs of its type in the nation, giving graduates the ability to plug into an accomplished network of alumni that’s more than 1,000 people strong. 

While Azar and Ullmann are uncommonly adept at parsing out healthcare’s far-reaching policy, regulatory and economic ramifications, they’ve never had a patient under their care. Fortunately, Miami Herbert’s Academic Director of the Master of Health Administration Program, Danielle Ellerbe, is able to share the perspectives of a bedside clinician. 

“I teach Essentials of Health Administration, and Health and Medical Decision Making, which are both graduate classes,” said Ellerbe, who has a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Johns Hopkins University, has worked as an acute-care nurse at Boston Medical Center, and also teaches at the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies. 

Ellerbe never allows her Master of Healthcare Administration students to view patients simply as revenue sources. “There is a human attached to the decisions that you’re making,” Ellerbe constantly reminds students. “I start every semester’s first class with a video and a short lecture about how the industry of healthcare is a sacred place because we are responsible for stewarding people’s lives and wellness.

“I’m very proud of our cohort, and I think they’re very representative of our (Miami) population at large,” Ellerbe continued. “It’s about 50 percent male, 50 percent female, 50 percent working students, and 50 percent students straight from undergrad. Additionally, about 50 percent are internationally born or first-generation. That makeup lends itself in an incredibly effective way to learn from a variety of perspectives, professionally and personally.”

Collectively, Ellerbe, Ullmann, and Azar help give Miami Herbert’s Executive MBA in Health Management and Policy and Master of Health Administration students a holistic education that none of Miami Herbert’s competitors can match. 

Which program is right for you?

  • Master of Health Administration

Program Length: 18 months

Ideal for: Business-minded leaders passionate about making a difference in the healthcare sector.

Learn more about our Master of Health Program here.

  • Executive MBA in Health Management and Policy

Program Length: 21 months

Ideal for: Mid- to senior-level positions (7+ years of experience) wishing to expand their management and leadership knowledge in healthcare. Classes meet one three-day weekend a month.

Learn more about our Executive MBA in Health Management and Policy here.

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