Dr. Nancy Borkowski
on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (better known as CAHME.)
The announcement of the program's CAHME accreditation was received by Nancy Borkowski, executive director in late April. It was in the same week that the program was ranked #34 by Modern Healthcare's 2013 listing of Top Business Graduate Schools for Physician-Executives.
"This is our first CAHME accreditation, and it's the beginning of a process to ensure that we are always offering students the highest quality and most relevant health management education possible," Borkowski said. "In health management, continuous quality improvement is part of everything we do."
Many universities with MBA programs have health administration-related tracks, but very few offer an industry-specific MBA with its entire focus in healthcare management. In addition, only a handful holds duel accreditation - CAHME and AACSB. FIU's College of Business is among the elite business schools worldwide accredited by the AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools.
The process to achieve CAHME accreditation is an arduous one - especially for such a young program. The Healthcare MBA began admitting students in Fall 2010. The accreditation process was an intense internal study of the program's curriculum, students' learning outcomes and career progression, as well as its flexibility and innovation to deliver the educational needs of students to meet the challenges of the ever-changing healthcare industry.