22-03-2012 – Innovative and Unique Study Option: MBA/MPH Dual Degree in Three Years

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) and the School of Business and Management (SBM) announced an exciting new educational opportunity this month: A Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) Dual Degree Program starting this year. Students interested in this option will be able to complete both programs and earn two degrees in three years instead of the usual four.

AUA MBA or MPH graduates of the last five years can also benefit from this opportunity and earn a second degree in a reduced period of time if they meet the admission requirements of the other degree program.

According to Dr. Robert Bagramian, Dean of CHS, the dual degree program will provide students with a larger theoretical and practical basis for effective management and administration in the health sector in Armenia and in the region.  The dual degree will be a complement to the MPH’s research orientation that allows its graduates to pursue PhDs in the US, Canada, and Western Europe.

According to Mr. Eric Guevorkian, Interim Dean of SBM, the dual degree will attract qualified students who want to become leading administrators, entrepreneurs, innovators, and reformers in the health care sector in Armenia and abroad. The program will open up a wide range of employment opportunities for graduates, including management positions in the healthcare delivery system.

The AUA’s CHS represents an integrated effort to develop expertise in managing health programs, assessing the health needs of the people, and translating that knowledge into improved health by designing, implementing, and evaluating programs to meet those needs. The CHS is affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is a member of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER). Currently, CHS offers a two-year graduate program leading to the MPH degree.

The AUA’s SBM is a leading business school in the region, committed to innovative pedagogy and continuous improvement.  It prepares students to provide effective and ethical business leadership in an increasingly complex, technologically sophisticated and interdependent world. SBM offers a two-year graduate program leading to the MBA degree, and a number of executive and professional certificates.

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