Transforming Health Care Delivery - Harvard Business School MBA Program

Transforming Health Care Delivery

Course Number 2195

Professor Robert S. Huckman
Visiting Professor Amitabh Chandra (Harvard Kennedy School)
Fall, Q1, 1.5 credits
14 sessions
Enrollment limited to 45 students

A 3-credit (Q1Q2) version of this course is offered as Field Course: Transforming Health Care Delivery (course number 6219).

At the root of the transformation occurring in the health care industry-both in the United States and internationally-is the fundamental challenge of improving clinical outcomes while controlling costs. Addressing this challenge will require dramatic improvements in the process by which care is delivered to patients. This will involve changing the organization of delivery, the measurement of outcomes, and the way in which providers are paid. This course will equip students with the tools required to design and implement these improvements.

Career Focus

This course is appropriate for students interested in understanding and addressing the challenges facing health care delivery. These students may have career interests in organizations that provide health care or in firms that partner with, supply, consult to, or invest in such organizations.

Educational Objectives

This course will help students develop the managerial skills required to identify and implement change. It will draw upon a range of approaches for improving healthcare delivery, including the value-based health care framework, continuous improvement, organizational redesign, population health management, precision medicine, patient engagement, and payment reform. For each of these approaches, the course will emphasize the importance of identifying improvement targets, implementing relevant changes, and measuring their effects on performance.

Course Content and Organization

The 1.5-credit option includes in-class sessions during Q1 with an exam. [Note: The 3-credit option (course number 6219) includes the same in-class sessions during Q1 with a Q2 field project in lieu of the Q1 exam.] Though the course is scheduled to meet from 1:15 PM to 3:15 PM, several of the class sessions during Q1 will end by 2:45 PM. The in-class sessions during Q1 will be organized into three modules:

  1. Designing for Value-Based Health Care
  2. Implementing Value Improvement
  3. Rethinking Care Delivery