Updates and Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Program Structure

Participants complete the PEMBA in a single year. The average time commitment is about 24 hours per week for readings and assignments, with classes one day a week, and most assignments relate directly to physicians’ daily work.

We convey a full, MBA degree in a efficient duration through catering to adult learning principles and projects. Prework covers the basic concepts, and we minimize lectures in favor of simulations, case studies and discussion exercises.

The program combines about 40 online learning sessions with four one-week residence periods (RPs) on the University of Tennessee campus.

RP Dates Download Curriculum Information

Residence Periods

During the residence periods, participants take classes, meet with faculty advisors and leadership development coaches, and work on project teams with peers. Participants also meet milestones for their major project and leadership development.


RP Example Schedule
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5  Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9
A.M. Physician Leadership Symposium Physician Leadership Symposium Lean Healthcare Lean Healthcare Strategic Planning and Corporate Strategy Finance Accounting Metrics and Strategy Healthcare Law
Healthcare Analytics
P.M. Meaningful Use Update Customer Satisfaction Measurement Markets for Healthcare Organizational Change OAP Presentations
Segmentation and Targeting Production of Healthcare

Online Structure

Online distance learning sessions are held for three hours every week.

During sessions, faculty hold discussions, incorporating students and answering questions about assignments. Sessions also often include guest speakers and participants communicate with each other and faculty between classes regarding assignments.

Guest Speaker Sample Topics:

  • Merging multiple hospitalist programs
  • Effecting change in healthcare
  • Making sense of today’s healthcare
  • Applying complex decision science to healthcare
  • Social media and healthcare
  • Physician compensation contracting
  • Physician-led performance improvement


Academic Year 2022

*RP1: January 8 - 15
*RP2: May 7 - May 14
*RP3: August 6 - 13
*RP4: December 3 - 9

Computer Boot Camp: January 6 - 7    *Optional Activity (Included with Fees)
Physician Leadership Symposium: Online webinar dates TBA   *Optional Activity (Included with Fees)
Online distance-learning sessions: Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon EST
Graduation ceremony: December 9

Assignment due dates and other important milestones will be provided during the first January residence session. Full attendance at all sessions is mandatory