Heider Launches New Executive MBA in Healthcare Management
Heider Launches New Executive MBA in Healthcare Management

When Todd Darnold, PhD, Charles “Mike” Harper Endowed Chair in Business Leadership and director of the Heider College of Business’ MBA program, asked Laurie Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE, if she’d like to advance Creighton’s existing healthcare MBA program by developing new physician and healthcare leadership degree and non-degree programming, she jumped at the chance.

“It was a dream job, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” says Baedke.

Baedke has built a career in healthcare administration consulting and physician practice and brings to the program over ten years of leadership development experience.  A self-professed “lifelong learner,” the chance to help build a new program also appealed to her entrepreneurial side.

“We see a profoundly compelling need in the marketplace to equip physicians and healthcare leaders to rise to the increasing challenges of the industry,” says Baedke. “And Creighton, which is both an established, reputable institution of higher learning and incredibly progressive, has a platform to build and deliver a robust and engaging educational experience to meet these challenges.”

The Executive MBA in Healthcare Management is an accelerated, 18-month program that blends an online learning format with four, four-day campus-based residencies. It is tailored to the adult learner looking for the flexibility of online coursework and the network-building benefits of campus instruction. Each year will launch a new cohort of up to 25 students. In this its inaugural year, 15 students will make up the cohort. Baedke expects that enrollment to grow to 20 in the program’s second year and 25 in its third year.

Dr. Darnold, Anthony Hendrickson, Ph.D., dean of the Heider College of Business, and Baedke have developed a curriculum that is dynamic and reflective of the most current and reputable content available. Its sources are the American College of Healthcare Executive and the American Association of Physician Leaders, two prominent healthcare associations. The learning model is progressive, enrolling both clinicians and non-clinicians, immersing students in on-campus residencies alongside online platforms and offering a flipped classroom model. In addition to Creighton professors, Baedke has enlisted the help of prominent practitioners and content industry experts as adjunct faculty and guest lecturers. 

“Our primary target student is a physician, other advanced clinician (dentist, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, etc., or a healthcare executive,” says Baedke. “Any of those individuals who desire to acquire an advanced degree to expand their business acumen, deepen their professional impact and accelerate their career success is a terrific fit for the Executive MBA in Healthcare program.”

Like the Heider College of Business’ Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program, the Executive MBA program’s hybrid model attracts students nationwide and not just from the greater Omaha metropolitan area. And while housed within the Heider College, the program, like medicine itself, is highly collaborative and incorporates input from Creighton’s other schools and colleges, including the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, College of Nursing and the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

In addition to having access to Creighton’s different schools and colleges, the program benefits from the University’s Jesuit foundation. Says Baedke: “The framework for learning that focuses not just on intellectual and academic formation but on personal and spiritual formation also is perfectly aligned with the nature of health care.” Healing, caring for the whole person, striving for excellence, being men and women for and with others- these Jesuit charisms seamlessly integrate into healthcare professions.

For more information on the Executive MBA in Healthcare Management, visit Business.Creighton.edu/HealthcareMBA.