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The healthcare sector is undergoing rapid, momentous change. The combination of ongoing technological development and far-reaching regulatory change means that no business model can survive without constant revision and rejuvenation. Hospitals, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, investors, start-ups and other organizations all need to compete in a uniquely complex and fast-evolving strategic space. To lead in healthcare, to launch something new, to create value for your stakeholders, you need a fundamental understanding of markets and organizations combined with deep insight into healthcare’s challenges.

Yale’s first-rate business curriculum and depth of knowledge in the sector provide a foundation for your aspirations. You’ll also draw on the full power of Yale University and our network of business graduates in the field, as you gain the elevated perspective to see the big picture that enables you to be a leader.

Dr. Howard Forman

"The combination of the rigorous Yale MBA and in-depth study of healthcare leadership has been a winning formula for our graduates over the past years as evidenced by the impact they are having across the sector.”

Howard P. Forman, Faculty Director, Healthcare, & Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, Economics, and Management


Alongside the integrated core curriculum, in your first year, you will increase your grasp of big ideas and trends in healthcare by participating in the Colloquium on Healthcare Leadership, a series of candid talks with leaders of hospitals, CEOs of medical device and drug companies, policymakers, and other people shaping the field. In addition, you will build your network and benefit from the perspectives and experiences of classmates from all facets of the industry.

In the second year, you deepen your expertise. You take a slate of advanced business and management courses, and a series of deep explorations of topics in healthcare. These courses are taught by experts from the School of Management and other parts of the university, including the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health. A capstone course structured around major challenges in healthcare will deepen your learning and link back to the essential business skills taught in the core. 

Healthcare Courses

  • Healthcare Economics

    This course will provide an introduction to the economics of healthcare markets with a focus on understanding what it means for such markets to be “efficient", what reforms and innovations might make things better and how strategic interactions among firms impact profits, health outcomes, and social welfare. Topics covered will include: measuring the value of health and medical care; the reasons for healthcare cost growth over time; the role of health insurance and competition among insurers; assessing healthcare delivery facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes and retail clinics; the healthcare workforce and physician behavior; the market for medical devices; lessons from behavioral economics about the role of imperfectly informed consumers; and the impact of the Affordable Care Act and the possible impact of other recent healthcare reform proposals.

  • Global Health

    The course will largely focus on health in low- and middle-income countries and what can be done to improve health status, especially for the poor, as rapidly as possible, and at least cost. However, the course will also include a comparative look at the approaches of a number of health systems, across country income groups.

  • Healthcare Operations

    The aim of our executive course is to familiarize executive students with the most commonly used healthcare operations management tools and concepts of process flow analysis, capacity management, and quality improvement. Using cases, assignments, and guest speakers we will demonstrate how these scientific tools are been used to improve administrative & clinical processes in healthcare setting, as well as pointing out key institutional challenges unique to our rapidly evolving healthcare systems.

  • Healthcare Policy, Finance and Economic

    Survey course that looks at demand side and supply side factors that influence the delivery of healthcare and health in the US. The course, inherently, challenges the student to consider  the appropriate role of government in the US healthcare delivery system.

  • Population Health & Health Equity

    The course will introduce and examine the intersections between social phenomenon, healthcare delivery system incentives, technological advances, patient engagement, and health outcomes across groups in the United States. The tension and synergies across prevailing frameworks will be illustrated. Opportunities to innovate and advance both population health and health equity will be highlighted and identified.

  • Sustainable Innovation in Healthcare

    Explores the practical issues of managing ongoing improvements in the healthcare industry through the lens of analyzing how executives meet the need for the continuous advancements in quality, technology and efficiency in the development, marketing and sales of pharmaceutical products, health technology and patient service delivery.  Teaches students critical skills in managerial decision making while taking into consideration important stakeholder needs such as competition, cost containment and innovation.  The course combines didactic lectures, seminar-style discussions and executive guest speakers.  

This list represents current and planned program content. Exact course lineup and/or titles may change.

Colloquium Speakers

September 14, 2018 
Carolyn M. Clancy, MD
Executive in Charge, Veterans Health Administration
Former Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

September 28, 2018
James Hamblin, MD, MPH (‘18)
Writer and Senior Editor , The Atlantic
Host, “If Our Bodies Could Talk”
Past Poynter Fellow in Journalism, Yale University

November 9, 2018
Farzad Mostashari, MD (’96)
Co-Founder and CEO, Aledade
Former National Coordinator for Health IT
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

November 30, 2018 ~~ Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale
Julie Rovner
Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow, Chief Washington Correspondent
Kaiser Health News

January 18, 2019
Troyen Brennan, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
CVS Health

February 15, 2019
Helen Burstin, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President and CEO, Council of Medical Specialty Societies
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

March 29, 2019
Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, MPH (’97)
Chief Executive Officer
University of Virginia Health System

April 26, 2019
Gary Gottlieb, MD, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Partners in Health
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

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