Curriculum

The Health Sector Management Program curriculum combines a strong education in the core functions of health sector management with the flexibility to obtain an enhanced understanding and skills set within the student’s specialized interest area.

The curriculum uses a proven approach to:

  1. build on the functional skills of the core MBA curriculum,
  2. provide targeted understanding of the nature of the health sector and the application of those basic skills to the sector, and
  3. flexibly address specialized interests within the sector, whether life science products, health service delivery, consulting, or any other industry segment.  This unusual combination of full MBA education and a specialized health sector focus provides the optimal background for success in the field.

The curriculum provides a more developed approach to:

  1. build on the functional skills of the core MBA curriculum,
  2. provide targeted understanding of the nature of the health sector and the application of those basic skills to the sector, and
  3. provide even greater flexibility to address specialized interests within the sector, whether health service delivery, life science products, consulting, or any other focused area.

Key Course Elements:

  • Experiential Learning. Students are engaged in experiential planning and problem-solving to develop immediately applicable skills for their future career.  Projects address immediate challenges of leading organizations in real time.
  • Case Method. Case analysis applies concepts in real-world situations to create useable skills.
  • Guest lectures. The program draws on Boston’s leading national organizations, in bio-pharma and medical devices, service delivery, information technology, and other industry segments. Industry leaders join students to discuss contemporary real-life challenges and opportunities within the field.
  • Team Learning permeates the curriculum, and involves group projects developed in and out of the classroom, providing in-depth real-world skills that make an immediate impact in the job market.

The HSM Core Combines:

  • MBA Core: The School’s required MBA courses give you a solid mastery of such management fundamentals as strategic planning, information technology,  accounting, finance, operations management, quantitative methods, economics, marketing, and organizational behavior.
  • Health Sector Core: The required health sector courses prepare you to apply MBA core concepts to the structure and operation of the health sector.

Core Competencies

By combining the MBA core with specific health related courses, the Health Sector Management Program at Boston University exposes students to the core competencies, or learning goals, of a traditional MBA program, which are then applied within the context of the health sector.

Specifically, the core competency learning goals of Boston University’s MBA program are as follows:

  • We develop graduates with self-awareness and strong career management skills.
  • We develop graduates who can apply integrative leadership, have strong communication skills, and can perform well and contribute appropriately on teams.
  • We develop graduates who understand the strategic implications and application of technology within business.
  • We develop graduates who possess a management-systems perspective. Graduates will have an understanding of core, functional, business knowledge; and will be able to successfully apply critical and analytical thinking within a management-systems perspective.
  • We develop graduates who possess an ethical, global, perspective.

Attend a Class

We will be happy to arrange for you to attend a health sector management class during your visit to the School of Management.