A new program that focuses on business aspects of health care professions will begin in March at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics.

While health care professionals are skilled clinicians, often they find themselves in administrative positions that require strong business skills and knowledge. Those responsible for strategic planning, revenues and costs will benefit from understanding how different business functions like marketing, accounting and strategy interrelate. This foundational knowledge allows them to make sound decisions that benefit their organizations directly.

The courseHealth Care MBA Essentialsis a one-month, 12-topic program that begins in Morgantown March 31. It will be held Friday evenings from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate working professionals.

The program runs through April 29 and is designed for residents, practicing physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals who need to upgrade their business skills and knowledge.

The curriculum is practical and application-based. It is designed to provide tools to analyze information and data, assimilate it quickly, formulate a strategy and move forward- often times, where ambiguity and risk exist,said Maria M. Yester, director, Center for Executive Education.

Early enrollment and group (for groups of three or more) incentives are offered through Feb. 15. Enrollment in individual sessions is also available. For more information visit www.ExecEd.wvu.edu or call (304) 293-7926.