UNO’s Executive Healthcare Management Program Sees Spike in Percentage of Female Students

Sixteen local healthcare administrators have joined the University of New Orleans’ 15-month Executive Healthcare Management program with hopes of leading advancements in the healthcare industry. The majority of the students pursuing a Master’s degree in Healthcare Management are women.

“We have a huge class of women. Ninety percent of this cohort are female -- it’s usually more like 60 percent,” said Aundrea Kloor, director of the Office of MBA and Health Care Programs at UNO, who conducted an entry survey of program participants and said that word of mouth has helped development of the healthcare studies program. “Thirty-three percent of students became aware of program through an alumni or current student. I was surprised to see that as well.”

Entry survey results show that 63 percent of new students in UNO’s executive healthcare management program expect new responsibilities from their employer after completing the program -- and 81 percent expect a promotion as a result of completing the program, Kloor said. The typical student is 33 years old and boasts an average of 12 years work experience, including four at the managerial level. Working for their employers, they oversee an average of 6.7 direct reports

UNO’s executive track programs present students with many opportunities to interact with peers and increase their knowledge and practical skills, Kloor said. Now more than ever, an increasing number of professionals are seeking advanced business education to more effectively contribute to their organizations and enhance their careers.

Nationwide, more women are helping to support two-income households and taking positions of leadership than ever before, she said. At the same time, the local healthcare industry is expecting an industry boom, with development of the anticipated biomedical corridor along Tulane Avenue.

Growth in healthcare-related jobs is also a national trend. Total health care spending in the U.S. was 15.2 percent of its gross domestic product in 2008, the highest in the world, according to the World Health Organization, and the Department of Health and Human Services has forecasted a continued upward trajectory, stating that the health share of GDP will reach 19.5 percent of GDP by 2017.