Katz Student Launches Business Healthcare Club

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Katz Business Healthcare ClubLast fall, Catherine Jin Riccelli, joint MBA/MHA degree student, founded the Business Healthcare Club (BHC).

“During the activities fair, Katz's student clubs were recruiting new members and while all of the clubs are wonderful, I didn't feel like I belonged to any of them,” Riccelli says. “Because I'm in the joint MBA/MHA program with Katz and the Graduate School of Public Health, I wanted to leverage my unique position to start a club for students interested in healthcare.”

The timing couldn’t be better to start the club. The Katz School recently partnered with two the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) and the Social Work on two new joint degree programs and the launch of the Katz-UPMC Executive MBA in Healthcare program.

“Because of my passion for healthcare, the MBA/MHA program, and the new EMBA in Healthcare program, I wanted to create a community for students to engage and share their interests with each other,” Riccelli says. “I brought my idea to Liz Agey (former Katz Student Activities Coordinator) who then brought my proposal to Joe Pieri (Director of MBA Programs). After he approved my proposal, I began forming and developing the Business Healthcare Club.”

The goal for the club is to expose students to the business of healthcare and prepare members for a career within the industry. BHC welcomes all full-time and part-time graduate and professional-level students from all programs and concentrations, and health industry work experience is not a requirement for membership. So far, the club has hosted two events, including a mixer with the Healthcare Club from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Riccelli is working with the BHC members to develop other events, like a healthcare panel, networking opportunities, and education seminars, and to identify ways to collaborate with other organizations or clubs in Pittsburgh and at Pitt.

Riccelli has received support from both GSPH and Katz for the club. Dr. Kevin Broom, Vice Chair of Education in the department of Health Policy & Management at GSPH, is the club’s faculty advisor.

“The biggest challenge in starting the club was getting it developed and launched. Because this is Katz's first healthcare club, I didn't have a model to base BHC off of. Katz has been very supportive of the club and I couldn't have done it without help from the school and the staff,” says Riccelli.

She is excited about the future of the club and pleased by the response from students outside of the Katz network who are interested in joining or collaborating with BHC. “Even though the club is relatively new, the number of students who have conveyed their interest in the club makes me very proud.”

For more information about the club, please visit: http://www.business.pitt.edu/katz/bhc.