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Professional Program in Healthcare Management


Dan Karnuta with Students

The Professional Program in Healthcare Management is designed for high-performing undergraduate healthcare management students who aspire to be dynamic leaders in healthcare. PPHM will prepare students to be front-runners on the path to a purposeful career.

Application Timeline

  • Spring online application process will open in January 2020.
  • Spring online application submission will close in February 2020.
  • Spring acceptance notification anticipated by the end of March.
  • In-person interviews: Will be arranged directly with selected students.
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If you are interested in joining the program or would like more information, please contact Dan Karnuta.

 
Daniel Karnuta Assistant Professor of Instruction
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The chief program benefit is membership in a select group of highly motivated healthcare management students who will enhance their academic experience and credentials as well as contribute to the continued growth and success of the UT Dallas undergraduate Healthcare Management program. Members will:

  • Participate in a PPHM seminar series specifically designed to prepare them for success in the healthcare business environment.
  • Have access to mentorships with academic and experienced industry professionals.
  • Have access to a dedicated area where PPHM members can meet and network with fellow members as well as tutor non-member undergraduate Healthcare Management students.
  • Be introduced to options to further their education through graduate-level studies.
  • Benefit from networking opportunities through special events and field trips.
  • Enhance their professional credentials in healthcare management and/or for clinical careers and professional school programs in such fields as medicine, dentistry and law.
  • Members will attend mandatory weekly seminars specifically designed to prepare undergraduate students for the transition to the full-time business environment. The seminars will be held one semester per academic year (15 weeks), and each weekly seminar will typically be 50 minutes in length. The seminars will be hosted at various locations, including UT Dallas, at DFW-area healthcare company offices and/or other private settings. Some seminars will involve group presentations, but there are no exams, and no academic credit will be given.
  • Members will be required to volunteer for a certain number of hours to tutor fellow healthcare management students. The number of hours will be determined based on the specifics of each PPHM initiation class, but the number will be monitored to ensure that PPHM members’ own academic commitments are not compromised.
  • Members will be required to attend a certain number of healthcare management-sponsored or endorsed events during the semester to represent both the BS in Healthcare Management program and PPHM. The required number of events will be determined based upon the number of events planned during the semester and the PPHM membership make-up.

PPHM Minimum Admission Eligibility Requirements

  • A major in healthcare management (can be part of a double major).
  • 3.25 cumulative GPA.
  • Applicants must be in the second semester of their sophomore year or later.
  • Applicants for the fall 2020 PPHM inaugural class (for which the application process is being held during the spring 2020 semester) must be scheduled to graduate no earlier than spring 2021.
  • Admission is competitive, and the applicant pool will be narrowed to those applicants chosen to move forward for in-person interviews. In-person interviews will determine final acceptance.
  • Admission is based on BOTH quantitative (GPA, experience, and more) and qualitative (communication skills, attitude, drive, and more) factors.
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The Professional Program in Healthcare Management (PPHM) is a one- to two-year undergraduate honors program designed to enhance members’ leadership skills and overall readiness for successful careers. As leaders, PPHM members will inspire and support the undergraduate healthcare management student body.

The PPHM is targeted to undergraduate students who are majoring (or part of a double major) in healthcare management and who are interested in becoming student leaders, tutoring other undergraduate healthcare management students, preparing for top internship opportunities, receiving faculty mentoring and participating in such planned events such as field trips and seminars. PPHM members will be held to a high standard as they will represent the UT Dallas BS in Healthcare Management program both on and off-campus, and after they leave UT Dallas and enter the business community.

In addition to requirements outlined in the above FAQs, PPHM members will be required to:

  • Attend a certain number of healthcare management-sponsored and/or endorsed events in order to represent the BS in Healthcare Management program and PPHM. The required number of events will be determined by the number of events planned each semester and the PPHM membership makeup.
  • Volunteer in the PPHM Tutoring Lab to assist fellow healthcare management students with coursework. The expected number of volunteer hours will be determined based on the specifics of each PPHM initiation class, but the number will be monitored to ensure that PPHM members’ own academic commitments are not compromised.
  • Members will attend mandatory weekly seminars specifically designed to prepare undergraduate students for the transition to the full-time business environment. The seminars will be held one semester per academic year (15 weeks), and each weekly seminar will typically be 50 minutes in length. The seminars will be held at various locations, including UT Dallas, at DFW-area healthcare company offices and/or other private settings. Some seminars will involve group presentations, but there are no exams and no academic credit will be given.

You can apply here.

Applicants must:

  • Be a BS in Healthcare Management major (can be part of a double major).
  • Have a 3.25 cumulative GPA.
  • Be in the second semester of their sophomore year or later.
  • For the fall 2020 PPHM inaugural class (for which the application process is being held during the spring 2020 semester), must be scheduled to graduate no earlier than spring 2021.
  • Adhere to the application timeline and submit all required application materials within that timeline.

Admission is competitive, and the applicant pool will be narrowed to those applicants chosen to move forward for in-person interviews. The interviews will determine final acceptance.

Admission is based on BOTH quantitative (GPA, experience, and more) and qualitative (communication skills, attitude, drive, and more) factors.

PPHM members must:

  • Maintain GPA requirements.
  • Adhere to and remain in good standing with the UT Dallas Student Code of Conduct.
  • Comply with PPHM requirements outlined in the above FAQs.
  • See PPHM homepage for specific application timing and dates.
  • Applicants selected for an in-person interview will be informed by email, and interviews will be held in March. The interviews will be formal, similar to a professional job interview. Business attire will be required.
  • Final notifications are anticipated to be made by the end of March 2020.

It is highly recommended that you get involved in the Healthcare Management Association (HMA), a student-run organization focused on healthcare management professional development and leadership.

No; the PPHM is for undergraduates only. Graduate students interested in similar professional and learning opportunities should look into the equivalent of the PPHM – the Elite Scholar and Leader Program within the MS in Healthcare Leadership and Management program.

  • PPHM does not conflict with the DMHP.
  • PPHM does not, technically, conflict with other professional programs, but it is highly recommended that students who wish to participate in multiple professional programs fully understand program expectations to ensure that they can completely fulfill the requirements of all programs.