Whether you want more control over your own practice or to assume leadership positions in healthcare or related industries, you need the latest and best business and organizational tools if you’re going to succeed professionally and thrive in today’s complex and ever-changing healthcare environment. Tailored specifically for your needs, Auburn’s Physicians Executive MBA (PEMBA) Program affords physicians the opportunity to earn a fully-accredited MBA degree with minimal interference with your professional demands.
On Campus Residencies
Students visit Auburn’s campus five times during the 21-month program. During these short residencies (Wednesday or Thursday through Sunday noon), the bulk of one course is delivered in a face-to-face, classroom/workshop setting.Read more….
Distance Learning Technologies
Auburn has a distinguished history in distance education and the use of innovative technologies allows the physician to learn from lectures, cases, and computer simulations. Prior to starting the program, students will be given access to our foundation leveling materials covering business basics such as accounting, economics, statistics, marketing, and finance. The business foundations material, self-taught and self-tested, provides a basic level of background knowledge to help students move into the degree program.
The distance component of the curriculum is delivered through the University's online student learning platform CANVAS. Using CANVAS, students can view their lectures, work with team members on group assignments, ask questions and hold discussions with their professors and classmates, submit homework, download course materials and stay in touch with the program.
The PEMBA program includes two study trips built into the curriculum to enrich students’ perspectives on the future alternatives for healthcare delivery and practice. Physicians earn at least 20 hours of CME credits for each trip at no additional cost.
First, the Comparative Healthcare Systems class spends a week at an international destination (in the past we’ve traveled to London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin, Edinburgh, and Sydney) getting in-depth exposure to a healthcare system different from that operating in the US. Many of the features of these other systems are often suggested as alternatives to the current US model. By interacting with healthcare providers and policy makers in these countries, our students develop a better appreciation of the pros and cons of these systems.
The trip is a combination of lectures, hospital visits and cultural tours during which the students have an opportunity to interact with practicing physicians, healthcare executives, and government leaders to learn how another culture delivers healthcare to its citizens in a system very different from our own. The airfare (from Atlanta), lodging and some meals are covered as part of your tuition.
Click here to view an International Comparative Study trip itinerary.
Students in the PEMBA program will also spend a week in Washington, D.C., interacting with US policy makers to learn about and debate the future of the U.S. healthcare system. Arranged in partnership with the Southern Medical Association, the Emerging Policy Issues in Healthcare course is a combination of lectures and interactive discussions. Students have the opportunity to go to the heart of policy making and hear from those actively involved in charting the future of U.S. healthcare. This exchange of information relative to current and emerging medico-legal aspects of healthcare, allows participants to take the lessons learned back to his/her own community of practice for education and the improvement of healthcare. The airfare, lodging and some meals are covered as a part of your tuition.
Click here to view an itinerary of the Healthcare Policy Study trip to Washington, D.C.