PHILADELPHIA (November 6, 2015) - Saint Joseph’s University’s Haub School of Business (HSB), in collaboration with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), will offer a fully Online Executive MBA program with a focus on healthcare for alumni of PCOM’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program, beginning in March 2016.
The accelerated two-credit, online course structure was developed by Saint Joseph’s in partnership with PCOM and was coordinated by Robert G. Cuzzolino, EdD, vice president for graduate programs and planning at PCOM. Mr. Cuzzolino conducted a survey of alumni and worked with SJU to craft a format and curriculum that would be relevant and practical for osteopathic physicians.
“As physicians with an average of 10 or more years of experience, many of PCOM’s graduates no longer fit the profile of a traditional MBA student,” says Stephen Porth, PhD, associate dean and executive director of graduate business at SJU. “This customized program allows them to earn their healthcare-focused MBA in an accelerated online format along with their peers.”
Through the partnership with SJU, PCOM’s DO alumni will be able to take advantage of special, discounted tuition rates and receive credit for some coursework completed during their medical education.
“In this changing world of healthcare, it is incredibly important for physicians to know not only the clinical side of patient care, but the business side as well,” says Mr. Cuzzolino. “For more than two decades, we have partnered with SJU to offer those integral business skills to our DO students, and we are now able to extend that to our DO alumni as well.”
“SJU has delivered topnotch, specialized MBA programs for over 25 years,” says HSB Dean Joseph A. DiAngelo Jr., EdD. “We are proud to partner with our neighbors at PCOM to offer this opportunity to their alumni and are confident that the program will be a success.”
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