Twenty-four students graduate from inaugural Healthcare MBA program

MBAThe inaugural group of Healthcare Management MBA students recently graduated from the Portland State-OHSU partnership program.

A reception to honor the event was held January 9 in the lobby of the OHSU Center for Health & Healing, accompanied by the sounds of classical guitar, and the ping of Champagne glasses as students, family and friends toasted to the future success of the graduating students.

Dean Mark Richardson congratulated the students, saying “I know your future contributions to health care innovation – in Oregon and elsewhere – will be influential and meaningful.” He also pointed out that the healthcare management program reinforced the growing partnership between OHSU and Portland State University (PSU). “Collaboration is essential to the future of health care we envision and this program demonstrates the power of collaboration.”

Most of the graduates currently work in the Portland Metropolitan area and come to the program from varied health care professions, including, including physicians, nurses, operations managers, pharmacists, production managers, neurology professors, office administrators, health IT specialists, and mental health professionals.

“The inaugural cohort represents not only the diversity of healthcare organizations across the region but also the diversity of professional roles in healthcare,” said James Huntzicker, PhD, Professor and Program Director, Division of Management. “In a very real sense these first graduates co-created the MBA in Healthcare Management with the faculty, and we are very grateful for their pioneering spirit.”

In attendance were Joe Robertson, OHSU President; Dean Mark Richardson, OHSU School of Medicine; Dean Scott Dawson, PSU School of Business Administration; Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research Scott Marshall, PSU; along with a group of faculty and administrators from both the OHSU School of Medicine and the PSU School of Business Administration. 

The OHSU-PSU joint MBA in Healthcare Management integrates the mission of both institutions - where healing, teaching and discovery come together to change lives, build community and serve the economic vitality of the region. Taught in a hybrid format of both in-person and online learning, the Healthcare MBA program allows students flexibility and convenience to fit their lives while gaining the skills and knowledge needed to transform the business of healthcare.


Pictured: (Top) Jim Huntzicker, PhD, and Scott Marshall, PhD, PSU School of Business Administration, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research; (Bottom) MBA Healthcare Management program graduates