The Robbins Institute
The Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership was formally established by the Baylor Board of Regents in May 2011. The generous gift from Bill and Mary Jo Robbins of Houston, Texas, that created the Institute within the Hankamer School of Business provides the financial foundation to support our efforts to make major contributions in health services research and education in the United States and around the world.
The Institute will engage an interdisciplinary group of scholars in a wide variety of intellectual activities, including teaching, external programming, and health services research.
Funding to create the Robbins MBA Healthcare Program was the first step in fulfilling the vision of national recognition for the quality of our academic programming. Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education in May 2010, followed by the program's #25 ranking in its first US News & World Report opportunity in March 2011, testifies to the continuing progress toward achieving this vision.
The Institute represents the next step to sustain and expand this effort. Looking to the near future, we will incorporate a niche executive MBA for health practitioners, clinicians and executives into the existing Baylor EMBA program in Dallas during 2012.
Providing quality academic training, while important, is only one aspect of our vision for the Institute. Equally important is the goal of expanding our commitment to health services research on issues that directly impact the lives of millions of Americans.
The Institute will serve as the foundation for the intellectual activity designed to study new approaches to healthcare economics, policy, delivery, and financing.
It will also provide the platform that the Hankamer School of Business will use to leverage the creation of a healthcare related PhD program.