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The MD/MBA Program
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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 healthcare organizations and institutions.

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

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

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

According to UC Irvine professor Dr. Zeev N. Kain, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, "An MBA degree has a tremendous potential to help in your career both as a resident and later as a physician leader. As a resident you will have more opportunities to be exposed to leadership positions in your department and use your knowledge to improve hospital processes. As a physician, this additional degree will help you to open new windows and opportunities either in running your practice or to be part of a hospital or university administration."

MD/MBA Programs in the United States: Evidence of a Change in Health