August 5, 2009

Doctors of Business

Revised MD/MBA program begins this fall for combined-degree students

Tufts University School of Medicine and Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management have formed a partnership that will allow medical students to receive an accredited degree from each school in four years.

The program will start this fall with the entering class of 2013, which has 10 students in the program. The students will receive a medical degree from Tufts and a master’s in business administration from Brandeis.

The four-year combined degree is the latest iteration in a curriculum instituted 10 years ago, says John Ludden, who directs the MD/MBA program. In the past, he says, students received a medical degree from Tufts and studied business at Northeastern and at Brandeis. Now Brandeis will be totally responsible for the MBA and will ultimately grant the degree.

Ludden says the change will allow medical students to receive an accredited MBA degree. In the past, students received their MDs from Tufts, but because Tufts does not have a business school, the MBA was not accredited and so was designated as an MBA in health management.

The Heller MBA program prepares students to manage organizations with a social mission, including the nonprofit and public sector. Its training addresses issues facing organizations that help underserved and vulnerable populations.

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