The Healthcare MBA students are healthcare executives, managers, and leaders who represent many of the region's major healthcare systems including Legacy, Providence, Kaiser, OHSU, PeaceHealth, St. Charles Medical Center, and Salem Health. Students join us from small- and mid-size healthcare organizations, as well as peripheral healthcare industries such as biotechnology, healthcare insurance, and pharmaceuticals. The Healthcare MBA also draws students transferring into healthcare from other industries and backgrounds.

The hybrid model enables students across the nation to maintain employment in their home state and fly to Portland for the face-to-face sessions twice per academic year.*

Class Profile

Healthcare MBA students bring a wealth of expertise to the classroom. These students come from across the nation including cities throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

With an average of more than 12 years of professional experience, our students come from a broad range of healthcare positions. Professions include physicians, nurses, project and operations managers, financial and business analysts, advanced practice clinicians, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, policy analysts, administrators, IT & EHR specialists, insurance industry professionals, etc.

2020 Cohort Demographics

  • 66% of students have 12 or more years of professional work experience
  • 69% of students are physicians, nurses, or other clinicians
  • 49% Female, 51% Male
  • 74% In-State (Oregon), 26% Out-of-State

From Our Students

Dr. Robert B. McLafferty

“I have been in the field for just over 30 years, and one would think that we would have made leaps and bounds given all the new technology and adherence to structure. Yet, from my cursory view, not much has changed in medicine since I was a medical student when it comes to embarking on a project – at least from the standpoint of a surgeon and now as Chief of Surgery. We are training to make people better. There are no leadership classes. There are no innovation classes. There are no project management classes. The Healthcare MBA has opened my eyes to many sciences on the business side that are paramount to providing better and safer care to patients. I will be using these skills to guide those under me in a more skillful way.”

*The program and curricular revisions detailed on this page are pending final approval from Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University governing bodies. Once approved, these programmatic changes will apply to all Healthcare M.B.A. applicants and students starting the program in the fall 2021 cohort and subsequent years. Students who have previously completed credits or are currently enrolled in the Healthcare M.B.A. will continue to follow the current program structure and curriculum based on the academic catalog for the year they were matriculated into the program.

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