Baylor University Robbins Institute

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The Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership is located within Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, Waco, Texas.  

The Robbins Institute was founded in May 2011 to engage an interdisciplinary group of scholars in a wide variety of intellectual activities, including teaching, external programming, and health services research.  The Institute is committed to providing quality academic training, while expanding a commitment to health services research on issues that directly impact the lives of millions of people worldwide.  The Institute is supported by an advisory council comprised of leading healthcare executives from around the nation who help develop and maintain the currency and relevancy of all Institute programs and initiatives.

  • The Robbins MBA Healthcare Program, introduced in fall 2003, before the creation of the Institute, is the Institute’s foundational program.  The program now boasts 132 graduates over twelve classes and 28 students currently enrolled.  The alumni hold significant healthcare leadership positions and are making important contributions during this critical time for our nation’s healthcare industry.  The program received initial accreditation in 2009 (the earliest possible date) by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and in 2013 was reaccredited for a full seven years.

The Robbins MBA Healthcare Program offers specialized education and preparation within Baylor’s MBA program.  The standard MBA degree plan consists of 50 semester hours over the 21-month long program.  Core courses in accounting, economics, finance, operations management and quantitative methods are supplemented by courses in Management Communication, Marketing Strategy, Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management and Management of Information Systems.  Students who are admitted to the Robbins MBA Healthcare Program take an additional 10 semester hours in courses to include an Introduction to Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Economics, Healthcare Finance, Current Issues in Healthcare, Healthcare Law and Ethics, and Managerial Epidemiology.  Further, all healthcare students complete a paid, seven-month long, project-based, executive residency in healthcare organizations across the nation.  Finally, before graduation, MBA Healthcare candidates must pass comprehensive oral examinations.

  • A PhD in health services research program was approved by Baylor’s Board of Regents in May 2013 with the first two candidates beginning the program in August, 2016.  This research-focused program is designed to train the next generation of scholars who will make important contributions in the disciplines of economics, sociology, statistics, epidemiology, and ethics.  The program is designed to prepare graduates with requisite competencies for a career in research settings in academia, healthcare delivery systems, other healthcare provider entities, and government.  The Robbins Institute has partnered with the Center for Clinical Effectiveness at Baylor Scott & White Health, Dallas, Texas to ensure the credibility, industry relevance, and success of the PhD program; further, the system will provide faculty members and unique access to relevant and current data that will facilitate meaningful and rich research opportunities for candidates.
  • The Executive MBA Healthcare Program, offered in Dallas, Texas and Austin, Texas, is designed for mid-career healthcare professionals who desire to develop as executive leaders in the industry.  The EMBA Healthcare program produces business leaders with recognized integrity, superior theoretical knowledge, and practical skills relevant to the current and emerging needs of the healthcare sector.  Initiated in Dallas in 2012 and Austin in 2014, the program now has 40 graduates and 34 students currently enrolled.  The curriculum is virtually identical to the full-time MBA Healthcare program with only slight modifications made due to the structure of the programs.
  • The inaugural Robbins Case Competition in Healthcare Management was held in October, 2015 to provide a forum for master’s-level students to participate in a healthcare management case competition with a distinct financial/quantitative emphasis.  Teams from nine schools from across the country participated with cash awards given to the top three finishers as well as three best presenters and three best Q&A.  The second annual case competition is scheduled for October 20 and 21, 2016.

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