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Welcome to the School of Medicine's MD/MBA program

Maria Chandler, faculty advisor of the UC Irvine MD/MBA program
UC Irvine School of Medicine
Maria Chandler, MD, MBA, is the faculty advisor of the MD/MBA program.

The UC Irvine MD/MBA program was founded in 1998, making it one of the oldest dual-degree programs in the United States. Since then, UC Irvine has taken a national leadership role in the development of physician leaders.

At UC Irvine's School of Medicine, we believe that training an elite group of physicians in the aspects of business equips them to address pressing issues, including:

  • The national healthcare budget
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Healthcare policy
  • Managed-care ethics
  • Managed-care costs
  • Team building and effective management
  • Cutting-edge biomedical research
  • Business start-ups
  • Integrating information technology with healthcare

The UC Irvine MD/MBA joint degree program is aimed at individuals who are exceptional in ability and motivation and who seek a career as physicians with major responsibility for administration and management in health care organizations and institutions.

Students in this program pursue a combined curriculum for an MD degree from the UC Irvine School of Medicine (SOM) and an MBA degree from the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business.

Interested students apply to the program during their second year of medical school. A variety of related opportunities are offered to students before that time. No previous business studies or work experience is needed.


Maria Chandler, MD, MBA
MD/MBA Faculty Advisor, UC Irvine School of Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Paul Merage School of Business President, Association of MD/MBA Programs 
mchandle@uci.edu