JUNE 24, 2015 – The opportunity to develop an academic program that educates leaders and benefits the health sector first attracted Robert Carr, MD, MPH, to his position as director of Georgetown’s new Executive Master’s Program in Health Systems Administration.
Before arriving at Georgetown earlier this year, Carr spent many years of his career at GlaxoSmithKline, where he most recently served as senior vice president and corporate medical director.
“The reason I was interested in coming to Georgetown and helping create a new program is the ability to help professionals in the health enterprises become better leaders,” he says. “Our program offers an array of tools for individuals working across the health sector.”
Business and Health
Carr notes that the executive program, which begins this fall and leads to a master of science degree, offers candidates the right blend of knowledge—combining the business skill set they might gain in an MBA program with an orientation toward population health and health outcomes they might achieve through an MPH program.
“This blend of academic coursework and experiential learning will be packaged in a way that is highly relevant to individuals coming from delivery, payer, regulatory, and commercial settings,” he says. “They will graduate with an array of tools that will help them be leaders in the health space.”
The two-year program includes dynamic campus-based experiences, as well as virtual classroom sessions using a software platform to support face-to-face interactions.
Learning and Networking
Carr notes that a dynamic element of the program are the four one-week experiential intensives that will bring the students to campus and other locations.
Specifically, he notes that these intensives will be an important opportunity for students to build relationships with their faculty members and each other, as well as to see the advantages of attending a program located in the nation’s capital, highlighted by, for example, a trip to Capitol Hill.
“By the time students log on to the online classroom delivery platform,” he says, “they will already know one another. That is intentional and supportive of our desire to create a sense of belonging to a community with a diverse student body and a faculty of accomplished academics and seasoned executives.”
Value in Health Care
Carr, who will teach a course on organizational leadership, notes that one of the big questions the program will tackle involves defining “value” in health care.
“We spend an enormous amount of money on health in this country,” he says. “Yet our outcomes fall behind in certain categories. The quality and quantity of health services doesn’t always equate to good health outcomes.”
He hopes that bringing students from various backgrounds together to immerse themselves in different viewpoints may offer innovative solutions.
“We all look at life through different lenses,” he says. “A substantial solution can occur because you’re looking at a problem from broader perspectives.”
By Bill Cessato