DO/MBA Program Benefits

The DO/MBA dual-degree program successfully integrates two professional curricula. Dual-degree students complete both degrees in four years and walk across the graduation stage at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences with other members of their class, receiving their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine along with an MBA from the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University.

Other important benefits of this new program are:

  • Emphasis on practical skills development.
  • Extensive use of contemporary health care examples, exercises, simulations and live case studies.
  • Frequent interaction with practicing health care professionals as guest presenters and hosts for field visits.

Graduates with a Rockhurst MBA in health care leadership will be able to:

  • Pursue best business practices and employ leadership techniques that contribute to high quality patient care.
  • Apply legal, ethical and social responsibility concepts to strategy formulation and business operations.
  • Effectively use the "language of business," and understand how business practices and processes work in concert to create efficient managerial systems.
  • Understand how organizations and health systems function, and explore new governance models and best teamwork paradigms from a wide variety of industries.
  • Formulate and implement a vision, mission and business strategy in a way that fosters common purpose and teamwork.
  • Identify and analyze issues, formulate and communicate plans, and apply appropriate resources to accomplish tasks.
  • Set up a practice with the flexibility to meet change and take advantage of opportunities.
  • Lead organizations to attract and retain excellent staff in a highly competitive job market, understanding current legal and employment issues/concerns.
  • Use technology, resources and information in a way that maximizes efficiency and improves effectiveness.
  • Apply self-management skills to practice medicine and manage organizations with insight, and to balance personal needs with the greater good of stakeholders.