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Posted: June 08, 2011

UNT Health Science Center and TCU partner for graduate courses

Students from the UNT Health Science Center could soon find themselves surrounded by Horned Frogs when they begin taking selected Master of Business Administration courses at the Neeley School of Business at TCU. Under a new agreement between the two Fort Worth-based institutions, students from the Health Science Center's School of Public Health and TCU MBA students from the Neeley School of Business may take classes on the partnering campus beginning this summer.

"With this new partnership, students in the Master of Health Administration degree program add additional business expertise to their studies, while, TCU MBA students interested in health care careers gain a unique health management perspective to their business degree, all in preparation for health care leadership and management careers.," said Richard Kurz, PhD, dean of the School of Public Health at the UNT Health Science Center. "Today's society must focus on financial issues in health care. Never has business expertise been more important for health care students to learn and put into practice."

"Health care is consistently rated as one of the top industries for job opportunities over the next decade, so this new emphasis gives our MBA students an additional edge in a popular field," said O. Homer Erekson, John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business at TCU. In addition to the new health care emphasis, the Neeley School provides MBA emphasis in energy, real estate, consulting and entrepreneurship. 

TCU MBA students may take UNTHSC classes in insurance and managed care, health care law and health economics. UNTHSC students may take TCU MBA classes in financial reporting, accounting for managerial planning, marketing management, engaging and empowering people, and leading and guiding organizations.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity for students in both programs because an important dimension of graduate education involves learning from other students and developing deep professional networks," Dean Erekson added. "Students in this distinctive program will develop those long-lasting professional relationships and gain from their respective experiences in business and health care."

"TCU's Neeley School is renowned for its business education," Kurz noted. "This cross-town education enhances the learning experience for students in both schools and adds value to their degrees. It's a definite win/win for both schools and our students."

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