Integrating Healthcare Management Education with Other Disciplines

One of the unique challenges and opportunities of healthcare management lies in the field’s broad application to a wide range of sectors. Successful leadership in the field means understanding all the ways in which healthcare integrates across disciplines, and how those disciplines can influence the health of individuals and communities.

The University of Iowa takes a robust approach toward encouraging interdisciplinary education for its MHA students. I had the pleasure of visiting Iowa this past spring. Formal joint degree options are offered, including programs combining the MHA curriculum with studies in business, law, medicine, pharmacy, urban planning, public health, health policy, and occupational health. Some MHA students may choose to complete a two-semester Interdisciplinary Program for Graduate Studies in Aging and Longevity. Iowa will soon offer the MHA in combination with a masters in finance or business analytics. All of Iowa’s MHA students take three semesters of inter-professional  education with graduate students from every health profession on campus. The University also emphasizes experiential learning—a hallmark of CAHME-accredited programs.

My guide to understanding the University of Iowa’s approach was Dan Gentry, PhD, MHA, director of the University’s MHA program. During our visit, Dan shared the program’s conviction “that today’s healthcare leader needs both a comprehensive understanding of the issues involved in patient-centered service organizations and strong business skills.” Dan’s commitment to this belief is also expressed through his service on the CAHME Accreditation Council. He is also a former CAHME board member.

As the University of Iowa and other CAHME-accredited programs across the country gear up for a new academic year, I am excited to think about the opportunities awaiting the students who will be our future leaders in healthcare.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME
astanowski@camhe.org

 

Enhancing the CAHME Web Site

Over the last year, CAHME has focused on improving the experience for our web site users, adding content that will better support our key stakeholders: students seeking information on accredited graduate healthcare management education; accredited programs and those pursuing accreditation; and our healthcare system and corporate partners whose support is so important to advancing CAHME’s mission.

Our goal is to constantly improve both the functionality and content of the site. To that end, we have reorganized pages and layouts, updated content, added more video to promote why CAHME accreditation is important, and added a blog that is updated bi-weekly with CAHME news and views. Our page on Research Proof Points compiles data on how CAHME accreditation is effective and necessary. New pages also allow us to recognize award-winning students and programs.

Accredited programs can take advantage of these CAHME web site changes by making sure the CAHME logo appears on their programs’ web pages and links back to the CAHME site, www.cahme.org. In this way, students looking at programs can easily understand the program’s accredited status, and, by visiting the CAHME site, can learn why accredited programs produce the students best-prepared to be future leaders in healthcare. These links also help both programs and CAHME by enhancing search engine optimization.

Our work on the CAHME web site is ongoing. If you have suggestions for how we can further improve content and functionality, I hope you will contact me.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME
astanowski@camhe.org

Building a Legacy for Future Healthcare Leaders

One of the great pleasures of leading CAHME is the opportunity to meet students and faculty in CAHME-accredited programs who are bringing tremendous energy and enthusiasm to advancing healthcare management.

I recently visited such a group at Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, C.U.N.Y. The Zicklin School’s healthcare MBA is one of CAHME’s longest accredited programs, dating from 1971. The program is highly competitive, and I’ve been impressed with the students’ performance in case competitions.

After my visit, I had the pleasure to connect with Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr.PH., a Zicklin Adjunct Professor. Jonathan’s Zicklin role is a return engagement; he served on the fulltime faculty as an Assistant Professor from 1972 – 1975.

Jonathan is a remarkable fellow: after serving in the Air Force in the late 1960s, he went on to a long, varied, and accomplished career in healthcare administration in New York City and northern New Jersey. In addition to his professional positions, Jonathan volunteered for and lead multiple boards, advisory groups, and task forces, including serving as chair of the board of the NJ Hospital Association. As president and CEO of the Jersey City Medical Center, Jonathan oversaw the building of an entirely new hospital that not only enhanced care in that community, but from which visitors, patients, and staff can look out at the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.

Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr.PH.

Now, after five decades in healthcare, Jonathan is focusing on his legacy. His teaching at Zicklin is just one way in which Jonathan is passing his extensive knowledge and experience on to those coming after him. He also authors a blog titled Doctor, Did You Wash Your Hands(TM)  where he shares his views on healthcare policy as both a practitioner and an academician. Jonathan’s goal is to position his blog as a resource for healthcare management students today and in the future. CAHME accredited program faculty are welcome to use the site for instructional content. If faculty want to contact Jonathan, he can be reached at jonathanmetsch@gmail.com.

The passion, commitment, and dedication to service that came through in my conversation with Jonathan typifies an attitude I see in many CAHME program faculty members, many of whom come to teaching after years in professional practice, and who see their work in CAHME-accredited programs as a way to give back and build a legacy. The students at Zicklin have clearly benefited in learning from Jonathan Metsch and his colleagues at Baruch. It speaks well of the program and the development of future healthcare leaders.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME
astanowski@cahme.org

Anthony Stanowski (second from right, rear) visited with healthcare MBA students and faculty at the Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, C.U.N.Y., in July.