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Mini MBA in Health Care Management

Make an impact in your health care organization

Today’s successful health care administrators know the key to improving patient care and process flow in a consumer-driven market is understanding the big picture when it comes to the rapidly-changing health care industry. 

When improving patient care and operational efficiency are priorities, being able to strategize and implement cost-effective solutions ensures the overall success of your team. 

The Mini MBA in Health Care Management program addresses the challenges faced by health care administrators including: 

  • Financial and productivity pressures
  • New organizational structures and professional relationships
  • Public reporting of quality and pay-for-performance
  • Rapid responses in an industry that resists change 

The curriculum includes three online health care business simulations of challenges that today’s health care leaders may face, allowing participants to apply their newly-acquired knowledge in real world situations.

Topics Covered

Improve your health care management system and patient care

The Mini MBA in Health Care Management program emphasizes the professional skills that individuals need to remain competitive in the field including: 

  • Finance and spending in the U.S. health care system
  • Health care policy
  • Organizational behavior
  • Human resource management
  • Ethical decision making
  • Organization and governance
  • Operations management
  • Functional finance for leadership decisions
  • Marketing management
  • Legal issues
  • Strategic planning
  • Leadership Innovation in health care 

Is This For Me?

Enhance your understanding of the business of health care

The Mini MBA in Health Care Management program is designed for the administrator who wants to advance in their career or add to their existing skill set in order to bring more value to their organization. It’s important to stay sharp as the health care industry is constantly evolving. 

Participant titles and job functions may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Physician
  • Medical Officer
  • Clinical administrator
  • Office Manager
  • HMO Manager
  • Compliance Director
  • Contract Specialist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Marketing Manager
  • Program Director
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Public Health Planners
  • Hospice Administrator
  • Health care industry entrepreneurs and business owners
  • Individuals looking to advance in their careers or those making a career change 


Learn from our top-notch faculty with industry experience

Chad Brinsfield, Ph.D

Chad Brinsfield received his MBA and Ph.D. in labor and human resources from the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. He has extensive industry experience in manufacturing and logistics, with past roles including general manager for an international automotive parts manufacturer and founder and president of a logistics services company. He has researched and published in the areas of silence and voice in organizations, trust, and workplace commitments, and his work has appeared academic journals and books with a focus on organizational behavior.

Mark Fisher

Mark has over 40 years of experience in health care administration.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of St Thomas, St. Paul Minnesota. 

Mark is a Partner in Health Care Partners (HCP) a consulting firm dedicated to successfully positioning Health Care clients through focusing on their Niche, Differentiation, and Execution strategies.  

Most recently he served as the CEO for Associated Eye Care.   He was also the Senior Vice President for Shared Services at the University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP).    He successfully performed a merger with Allina Health System as the Interim President and CEO for Aspen Medical Group, which became a Division within the Allina Hospitals and Clinics Health System. 

He was also the CEO for Minnesota Healthcare Network and Triium LLC; the Executive Administrator of the Stillwater Medical Group; Chief Administrative Officer of Park Nicollet Medical Center; the Executive Vice President of Central Ohio Medical Group, a multi-specialty medical group in Columbus, Ohio; and was the Business Manager for the Pediatric Department at the University of Minnesota.  

He also served as the Interim Executive Director for Health Front, a not-for-profit organization comprised of employers, consumers, and providers dedicated to improving the value of health care for its constituents.   

Mark is a Faculty member in the Graduate School of Business, UST-MBA Health Care programs, at the University of St Thomas where he has recently taught Financing and Spending in the U.S. Health Care System.  

Nan Gesche

Nan Gesche is a consultant and trainer who guides organizations and individuals through transition while focusing on their strategic goals. She works with organizations on strategic planning, strategic learning, change management, and other projects as well as providing individual career coaching.

Nan’s 20 years of independent and corporate experience, as well as her business and organizational development background, allow her to help clients focus on the realities of business while stretching their thinking.  Past clients include BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis, Three Rivers Park District, Dunwoody Technical Institute, and Children's Hospital.  Her recent corporate experiences include partnering with organizations to ease change initiatives for a global accounting firm and establishing a corporate training function for a national eight-bank holding company.

Nan has designed materials and delivered workshops on change management, strategic thinking, and other topics. She has published a workbook titled Implementing Strategic Learning through the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD), where she is a member and helped a local chapter transition from losing members and money to being one of the top ten chapters nationwide.  Nan is also a member of the Minnesota Organizational Development Network. 

Nan is an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota, teaching small group communications.  She holds a B.A. in economics from the University of North Dakota and an M.A. in organizational communications and a professional certificate in training & development from the University of Minnesota.  She also is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the CAS Change System.

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson, Ph.D., is a Shareholder in Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. and is a member of the firm’s Health Law, Corporate, and Advertising, Media & Entertainment Groups. Among his clients are hospitals, physician groups, dentists, medical device companies, physician management companies, and other health care professionals and businesses.

Ryan’s experience includes the following:
  • representation of buyers and sellers in health care mergers and acquisitions
  • representation of health care providers in structuring joint ventures and strategic alliances 
  • representation of physician groups and hospitals in civil and criminal investigations 
  • analysis of physician self-referral (Stark), fraud and abuse and other federal and state regulatory issues in operational matters affecting health care providers
  • advising health care providers, health plans and device manufacturers regarding patient privacy issues, including compliance with HIPAA

Ryan holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Gustavus Adolphus College, MN, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota law school.

 Geoff Kaufmann, University of St. Thomnas, adjunct instructor

Geoff Kaufmann

Geoff Kaufmann, MHA, is CEO of the North Central Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. He previously held senior-level strategic planning and operational positions with Lakeview Health, the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Arrizant Healthcare, Walker Methodist Inc., Park Nicollet Health, the University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinic, and Hamilton KSA. Mr. Kaufmann has 38+ years of experience in operations, business development, strategic planning, marketing, and physician relations.

 Geoff teaches several courses for the University of Minnesota Program in Healthcare Management; he is also a field work supervisor and faculty for the summer clerkship program and a teacher of marketing and problem solving for the ISP Program.  He also teaches several course segments for the Center for Health and Medical Affairs at the University of St. Thomas, including instruction both on-campus and in client settings.

 Geoff speaks frequently at national health care symposiums, serves on several health related for-profit and nonprofit boards, and has published his works through the American Hospital Association.  He graduated with biology and chemistry majors from St. Olaf College and received his Masters with honors from the University of Chicago.


Avinash Malshe

Avinash Malshe holds Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been at St. Thomas since 2005. His research interests include marketing strategy, especially the interface between sales and marketing functions and its impact on strategy creation and implementation, as well as marketing strategy processes and business ethics. His work is published in major marketing and business journals, and he co-authored a book chapter in The Service Dominant Logic of Marketing, a thought piece discussing cutting-edge research areas in marketing.  

At St. Thomas, Malshe teaches marketing management, brand management, and health care marketing in UST’s multiple MBA tracks, and has also taught the undergraduate capstone course in marketing. He is the inaugural recipient of the Opus College of Business’ Susan E. Heckler Research Excellence Award.
Before teaching, Malshe worked for more than five years as a brand manager with Pfizer Inc. and Ranbaxy Ltd. in their South Asia operations. 
Malshe has trained and consulted with executives in for-profit and nonprofit businesses on multiple marketing issues. He is an active media interviewee and has written numerous Outside Consultant columns in the Minneapolis Star Tribune advising small businesses on the unique marketing challenges they face.


Thomas J. Marr 

Thomas J. Marr, MD is a Senior Research Fellow for HealthPartners Institute of Education and Research. Previously he was the Medical Director for Clinical Relations for HealthPartners, a 1.2 million-member health plan.  Tom was the liaison with contracted specialty groups for HealthPartners for 14 years before retiring in December 2014. Prior to that, he held leadership positions as a residency program director, a department chair, and as Executive Medical Director of a children's hospital. 

He consulted with over 200 medical groups and hospitals about organizational and leadership issues for five years prior to joining HealthPartners.  He has authored more than 25 articles and book chapters in addition to presenting at national meetings on multiple areas of healthcare leadership. Dr. Marr received his undergraduate and medical education at Loyola University of Chicago and his postgraduate training at Children's Memorial Medical Center in Chicago.  He has boards in Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology, and Medical Management.  He is a Fellow in Advanced Standing in the American College of Physician Executives and has been an adjunct faculty member for the Center for Health and Medical Affairs since 1994.


Katerina Pattit, Ph.D

Katerina Pattit, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Ethics and Business Law at the University of St. Thomas. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Ethics and Law from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. and an MBA from Friedrich Alexander University in Germany.

Before pursuing her doctorate Dr. Pattit worked as a Manager for Merrill Corporation and Languageworks in New York. She has taught ethics and professional responsibility in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and business ethics at the Wharton School. She currently teaches business ethics in the Part-time MBA program at St. Thomas.

Dr. Pattit’s research focuses on the decision-making process behind socially-responsible investing and the implications of investor preferences on managerial responsibility. She is also interested in the management of corporate community involvement and the extent of corporate social responsibility. Her research has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Management International Review, and other international publications.


Brian Reagan

Brian Reagan has held numerous corporate leadership positions over the course of his nearly 30-year career, including executive vice president of BioScrip Inc., a leading health care services organization, and managing director of Dain Bosworth Inc., a full-service investment banking and brokerage firm.

Mick Sheppeck, Ph.D

Mick Sheppeck received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational psychology from the University of South Florida. He teaches various human resource courses in the undergraduate business school, the Executive UST MBA program and the Evening flex MBA program. His teaching style is interactive and focused on applied issues in business, nonprofit and government organizations. He worked in various human resource jobs at Honeywell, Inc., Assessment Designs International and the National Bank of Detroit.

His research activities are focused on the integration between an organization's marketplace customer strategy and its workforce strategy. Together with Jack Militello, he received the Ulrich-Lake Award in 2001 for the best applied paper in the journal Human Resource Management. He consults in the areas of human capital management, talent/succession management, competency modeling, employee selection and assessment, performance management, training and development, and employee attitude surveying.

Your Investment

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Price: $2695
4.2 CEUs

Why Choose the Mini MBA in Health Care Management? 

  • Understand the big picture. Gain a foundation in business and health care to meet today’s challenges and opportunities.
  • Guide and direct your organization into the future. Identify the necessary steps of the strategic planning process and how your management and leadership roles fit into the big picture.
  • Gain a competitive advantage. Learn how to align quality and operations with organizational strategy to improve execution, performance and patient care.
  • Learn how to turn innovative ideas into success. Discover what it takes to create, plan for and maintain innovation across teams, functions and departments.
  • Practice what you learn. With a variety of case studies, exercises, and an online simulation, you'll apply what you learn in the program to real life scenarios. 

Additional Program Details:

  • Cost includes tuition, learning materials and refreshments.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are non-credit educational experiences; one CEU is equivalent to 10 contact hours of study and will be noted on your completion certificate. 
  • Program sessions are held on the downtown Minneapolis campus. Parking is available within one block.
  • There are no prerequisites for this program.

Why St. Thomas Executive Education?

At St. Thomas Executive Education you will:

  • Gain practical tools from experienced faculty
  • Learn current, real-world skills you can apply on Monday (and every day)
  • Network with other professionals working in business
  • Have a personalized experience from program exploration to successful completion

All of this leads to a smart, practical and personalized experience to gain confidence and excel in your career. With over 30 open enrollment programs, we can help you dive into a specific topic area, understand business terminology and further develop your leadership and management skills.