Healthcare Management MBA Offered by William Woods University

William Woods University is offering Columbia area residents the opportunity to pursue a master of business administration (MBA) degree with healthcare management concentration. Best of all, it can be done without quitting work.

This unique degree appeals to both hospital-based managers/services and those involved in ancillary service positions. Additionally, the program reaches individuals in private practice support services.

The program will begin with an orientation at 6 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Columbia campus, 3100 Falling Leaf Court.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate & Adult Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at

Kristen J. Fritschie of Mexico, Mo., completed her MBA with healthcare management concentration at WWU’s Columbia campus in 2005.

“WWU is the only program that works for the working adult. Whether you are working full time, have a family or just a hectic life, William Woods University ensures that you have a work-life balance while giving you a fabulous education,” she said.

The 36-hour degree program for full-time working adults is designed to equip the healthcare management professional with focused skills and knowledge for professional practice. This is an 80-week MBA with four specific healthcare courses integrated into the program:

Overview of Healthcare Management, Legal Aspects of Healthcare Management, Healthcare Economics and Healthcare Human Resources.

Blending theory and practice, the program uses a cohort model to make a truly applications-oriented program. Fritschie had high praise for the cohorts.

“They provide and teach teamwork and accountability,” she said.

Students choose to enroll in the William Woods program for a variety of reasons.

As a registered nurse, Pearl Lariosa of Jefferson City believed an MBA with healthcare management concentration would “be very beneficial in the future.”

Lariosa, who graduated in August 2004, chose William Woods “because of its flexible program designed for full-time working adults with family to raise.”

William Woods University has sought to find synergy among all healthcare professionals with classes taught by the area’s leading healthcare experts.

Bud Smith, healthcare executive and facilitator for WWU’s MBA with healthcare concentration, said, “I am very much aware of the need for an advanced healthcare degree for anyone seeking to move up in management and leadership positions, whether it be hospital- based or private practice groups.”

In addition to the MBA, William Woods offers several other Graduate & Adult Studies programs, including the ACCESS program of general education, an associate of arts degree in liberal studies, a bachelor of science in management (BSM) a BSM with human resources emphasis, a B.S. in paralegal studies and a new bachelor of social work degree (BSW).

Graduate programs include a master of business administration (MBA) and MBAs with accounting, health management or human resources emphasis, as well as a master of education (M.Ed.) in administration, curriculum/instruction or athletics/activities administration and a specialist of education (Ed.S.) in school administration or curriculum leadership.

William Woods can tailor any of its programs for a particular business or community. More information is available on the William Woods website at