U.S. Healthcare Strategy - Harvard Business School MBA Program

U.S. Healthcare Strategy

Course Number 2157

Professor Leemore S. Dafny
Spring; Q3Q4; 3 credits

Course Overview

The U.S. healthcare sector absorbs 17 percent of GDP, encompassing a diverse set of industries with public, nonprofit, and for-profit buyers and sellers. There are substantial opportunities to enhance efficiency and quality, and serious fiscal challenges ahead if spending growth is not permanently curtailed. This course will introduce participants to the key strategic problems facing healthcare organizations, and will illustrate how strategic principles can be applied in healthcare settings to identify sources of competitive advantage (and, more commonly, disadvantage).

Participants will learn about several key healthcare sectors. Our emphasis will be on payers and providers, but we will also devote 15-20% of our case discussions to drugs and devices (which comprise about that share of healthcare spending). Throughout, we will discuss U.S. healthcare reform and its implications for the various industry sectors.