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March 11, 2020

Eller Executive Education Partners with Dignity Health Global Education for Mini MBA

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona's Eller Executive Education program is partnering with Dignity Health Global Education to create a Healthcare Business and Management Academy.

The academy will offer educational opportunities to not only the more than 150,000 CommonSpirit Health employees domestically but to all health care systems around the globe, allowing millions of clinical and nonclinical practitioners access to top-ranked business and management courses.

Programs to be offered through the new partnership include a mini Master of Business Administration in Health Care and a Certificate for Women in Business Leadership, scheduled to launch in October, as well as certificates in executive assistant development, rural health care management, and negotiation and decision-making, all of which will launch in January 2021.

"DHGE and Eller Executive Education share the mindset that learning should be action-oriented, immediately applicable and measurable by impact, so the partnership is a natural fit," said Kurt Hayes, chief learning experience officer at Dignity Health Global Education, or DHGE – a leading health care workforce development company.

Eller Executive Education, the non-degree granting leadership development arm of the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management, is the 13th partner to sign with DHGE.

"We know that health care is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States," said Paulo B. Goes, dean and Halle Chair in Leadership at the Eller College. "This partnership, which complements the work we are already doing in our Center for Management Innovations in Healthcare, will equip those aspiring to succeed in health care with the necessary and effective skills to achieve their career goals. At the same time, the mini MBA format is flexible, fits hyper-busy schedules and is a natural pipeline to our MBA degree programs. We're excited to partner with DHGE on timely and relevant educational offerings."

Andrew Malley, CEO of DHGE, said, "The wide range of programs we will offer—from mini MBAs to certificates in rural health care management – will give health care professionals the tools to enhance their role and skillset and help us to create a leading health care business platform. This health care business platform will be developed to be a go-to center of excellence, and Eller is the best-in-class partner to help achieve this. With fantastic partners like these, DHGE will have the most comprehensive offerings in health care in 2020 for our clients to upskill and educate their staff."

He added: "The partnership is of strategic importance to DHGE as our parent company CommonSpirit Health (formerly Dignity Health) has a large presence in Arizona. This will help us to achieve an impact on health care workforce development quickly, which ultimately means that we get to improve patient outcomes faster."

The Eller Executive Education program is a leading provider of executive education. Since its launch in 2006, it has landed partnerships with companies including Microsoft Corp. and Caterpillar Inc., and the program is ranked No. 5 in the U.S. and No. 15 globally by the Financial Times Executive Education Ranking 2019.

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Media contact:
Amy Schmitz
Eller College of Management