Mini-MBA Graduate Healthcare Certificate

Creating visionary physician leaders

The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) and The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business (OSUFCOB) have collaborated to offer SAMBA Members a unique business training certification program. This virtual program is exclusive to SAMBA members only and will provide the opportunity to gain business, operational, strategic and leadership acumen through OSUFCOB executive education. 

Beginning in the Fall of 2024, this program will offer the following courses: Strategy Formulation and Implementation, Operations, Organizational Behavior, Finance, Data Analysis for Managers and Leadership. This is a credit bearing program (15 credit hours) that will take place over three semesters, culminating in the Summer of 2025. Credits earned can be applied to a future Master of Business Administration (MBA) at OSUFCOB.

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Program Dates
Autumn 2024 - Summer 2025

Application Deadline: June 21
*Use code EEJune2024 to waive your application fee.

Registration Information

By filling out the form above, you are registering for an account to be used to complete and submit your application for graduate study to the Fisher College of Business.

Program Components
The role of physicians is evolving. The business of healthcare has changed significantly in the last decade and requires all physician leaders to develop managerial and interpersonal skills to deliver value to their patients. Business acumen will improve the leadership and decision-making skills of anesthesiologists, vital skills to improve the efficacy of healthcare delivered around the world. The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia, SAMBA, and The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business have partnered to create a Mini-MBA Graduate Healthcare Certificate Program for SAMBA members to meet the expanded needs of leaders in anesthesiology.

15 Credit Hour Core Curriculum Program Objectives

Six graduate-level courses:
- Strategy Formulation and Implementation MBA 6293
- Operations MBA 6233
- Organizational Behavior MBA 6201
- Leadership MBA 6202
- Data Analysis for Managers MBA 6273
- Finance MBA 6223

All courses are part of Fisher College of Business's Working
Professional MBA program. All courses will be online.

By the end of this program participants will:
- Understand the fundamentals of strategy
- Gain insight into the operations function and how it
contributes to ensuring effective and efficient flow
of materials and information
- Study employee interactions and organizational
processes that seek to create more efficient and
cohesive organizations
- Learn the factors that influence individual and team
performance and techniques to improve it
- Achieve an application-oriented understanding of
data-driven decision-making


  • What exactly does a certificate grant you and how is this perceived in the world of MBA programs?
    • A graduate certificate is a credit-based academic credential earned after completing a bachelor's degree. It provides practical skills and knowledge in a specific field, without earning a degree. Earning a graduate certificate portrays your commitment to learning and broadens your professional opportunities, as certificates cover various topics which are all valuable to employers.
  • If I decide to pursue an MBA program after this certification, will the credit hours be transferable to avoid them going to waste?
    • Yes, the core curriculum for the Mini-MBA Graduate Healthcare Certificate (which totals 15 credits) consists of courses that are part of Fisher College of Business's Working Professional MBA program (WPMBA). This means they can be transferred to the WPMBA program, depending on the specific program requirements.
  • What are the time requirements expected of participants in the program?
    • The online classes take place over 3 semesters. For the Autumn and Spring semesters: expect up to 6 hours of class time (split between 2 evenings) and 9-12 hours of work outside of class. For the Summer semester: expect up to 3 hours in class and 4-6 hours of work outside of class.

Visit the The Ohio State University website for more program details