Ilitch School adds new M.B.A. concentrations in healthcare supply chain management and digital/business analytics

The Mike Ilitch School of Business has announced new concentrations in healthcare supply chain management and digital/business analytics to be available to new and current students in the M.B.A. program starting in September 2020.

The healthcare supply chain management concentration will provide students with an overview of key disciplines within the healthcare industry, including medical device/pharma production, quality management, lean six sigma, healthcare purchasing, logistics, warehousing, hospital materials management and disaster preparedness.

“With the onset of COVID-19, the challenges in healthcare delivery and supply chain management have become critical in managing the crisis and also charting a path for economic recovery,” said Kevin Ketels, the Ilitch School global supply chain management lecturer who is teaching the concentration’s first course in the fall. “We need to scale our healthcare system to handle the ongoing needs of the pandemic while also delivering other critical and routine care. Disaster preparedness will also be studied, because we must make plans to try and prevent or mitigate the next potential episode.”

M.B.A. students wishing to declare the healthcare supply chain management concentration will take nine credits of coursework, including two new required courses.

The digital/business analytics concentration provides competencies so students have sufficient technical skills and understanding required by firms to generate insights into structured and unstructured data. This concentration focuses on data management, decision-making support, qualitative and quantitative analysis, applied technology and mobile delivery.

“Given the tremendous volume of data firms are inundated with and the national shortage of talented individuals to help make sense of it all, this concentration will provide our graduates with a skill set that is in incredibly high demand,” said John Heinrichs, the Ilitch School associate professor of Information Systems Management who led the development of the concentration.

To complete this concentration, students will take nine credits of coursework based upon understanding the principles associated with digital/business analytics, gaining skills utilizing insight generation tools and delivering content to the end-user or decision-maker.

With these two new additions, the Mike Ilitch School of Business will offer 13 concentrations to help M.B.A. students tailor their program to better meet their interests and career goals. The other 11 concentrations are accounting systems, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, financial accounting, global supply chain management, human resources, information systems management, international business, management, marketing, and sport and entertainment management.

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