Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the HBS Health Care Initiative?
  2. Are there other initiatives at HBS?
  3. How does the Health Care Initiative differ from the student club?
  4. Are any courses required as part of the Health Care Initiative?
  5. How can I get involved?
  6. Do I need to apply or interview separately for this program?
  7. Do many health care-focused companies recruit at HBS?
  8. What is the Health Care Research Guide?
  1. What is the HBS Health Care Initiative?

    The HBS Health Care Initiative was launched in 2005 to promote one of our top priorities: health care. Through courses, industry speakers, and career coaching, our Health Care Initiative serves as a gateway to the vast opportunities at HBS—and exposes aspiring health care leaders to the complex facets of this dynamic industry.

  2. Are there other initiatives at HBS?

    Yes, we have several other initiatives such as: Business and Environment, Entrepreneurship, Global, Leadership, and Social Enterprise. "Initiative" is the word we use to describe an interdisciplinary area of interest (i.e., cuts across academic departments) that is of significance to business and society. At their core is a broad research agenda, determined and driven by the faculty.

  3. How does the Health Care Initiative differ from the student club?

    Led by faculty and staff, our Health Care Initiative serves the entire HBS community of faculty, alumni, and students. The MBA Health Care Club offers distinct membership benefits to those students who elect to join the club.

  4. Are any courses required as part of the Health Care Initiative?

    Our MBA program offers you the flexibility to choose the elective courses that meet your needs and to create your own career focus. While there are no "majors" at HBS, you will have many ways to learn more about the health care industry. As part of the first-year required curriculum, you will analyze health care cases—approximately 10 percent of our total first-year cases focus on health care. In the second year, you may select from a variety of health care-specific elective courses, independent studies, as well as field-based courses during the January break.. In your second year, you may also cross-register to take courses at other schools within the University, including the School of Public Health and Kennedy School of Government.

  5. How can I get involved?

    You may become involved in the Health Care Initiative in a number of ways:

    • Join the Health Care Club and attend events at HBS and around the University, such as speaker series, industry conferences, networking events, and social activities
    • Attend any of the 200 health care-focused events held each year at Harvard and HBS, including conferences, forums, and lectures
    • Choose a health care-specific alumni mentor
    • Connect with a health care career coach for help in refining your career goals
    • Take on a leadership role as a Section Rep or Conference Organizer in the Health Care Club
    • Sharpen your area of health care interest through field-based learning. Complete an independent study with faculty sponsorship
    • Find summer internships with leading recruiting partners in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, health services, venture capital, and consulting organizations
    • Explore the health care industry in depth through a number of second-year elective courses
  6. Do I need to apply or interview separately for this program?

    No separate application or interview process is required to be involved in the Health Care Initiative. However, you may indicate your interest in health care on your HBS application.

  7. Do many health care-focused companies recruit at HBS?

    Many leading health care organizations recruit at HBS, and our list is competitive with other health care MBA programs. Because Boston is a leader in care delivery and technology innovation, HBS has strong relationships with local health care organizations.

  8. What is the Health Care Research Guide?

    The comprehensive Health Care Research Guide is compiled by HBS Baker Library Services, and includes all key aspects of health care and related industries.
    It is available online: http://www.library.hbs.edu/guides/healthcare.html