The MBA Experience

Health Care Leadership Begins Here

At HBS, you have an opportunity to not just study health care as a business focus, but to demonstrate real health care leadership while you pursue your business studies. Our general management MBA program-coupled with our case method, FIELD 2 international exposure, and FIELD 3 entrepreneurial engagement-creates a real-world environment that helps you apply innovative management practices to urgent health care challenges, now and tomorrow. By design, HBS encourages an open-minded approach to health care leadership that crosses traditional boundaries and rewards pioneering action.

Coursework

As part of the MBA program, students analyze more than 250 cases in their first year—a significant number of these focus on health care.

In the second year, you're able to customize your experience by choosing health care-specific courses that explore topics such as entrepreneurship, global health, venture capital, commercializing science, and managing medicine. You can also integrate health care into your coursework through projects, papers, and independent studies.

Both first- and second-year students may enroll in several field-based courses during the January break programs that focus on health care. Each year, the format and topics change to offer exciting new learning opportunities.

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Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship

The Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship provides a select group of Harvard Business School MBA alumni with the opportunity to work with Harvard inventors to promote the commercialization of life science technologies with significant market potential. The Blavatnik Fellowship is led by Vicki Sato, Ph.D., Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School. Applications for the fellowship will be available during the fall 2013 semester. For more information, please contact blavatnikfellowship@hbs.edu.

Events & Activities

Health care-related activities outside the classroom also play a key role in learning more about the industry.

Many of the exciting extracurricular events, including industry speakers, networking events, global treks, and an annual conference are planned by the HBS Health Care Club—one of the largest student clubs on campus.

Below are two video presentations from the Faculty Perspectives on Health Care series.

Annual health care activities at HBS include:

Health Care Industry Week

Take advantage of panels and presentations designed to introduce you to diverse industry sectors.

Health Care Student-Alumni Mentor Program

Choose an alumni mentor who will provide guidance on navigating the complex health care industry.

Speaker Series

Meet CEOs from companies such as Eli Lilly, Vertex, Tenet Healthcare, BCBS, Boston Scientific, and Partners in Health, as well as venture capital firms, entrepreneurs, and health care consultants.

Student-Alumni Mixers

Network with alumni in a social setting.

Health Care Conference

Participate in this annual conference organized entirely by HBS students.

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Career Support

Students pursuing careers in health care receive job search support from our MBA Career and Professional Development office in conjunction with the Health Care Initiative and student-led Health Care Club.

A number of resources are available to help you find the right health care job, including:

  • A proprietary job bank of internship and full-time job opportunities
  • Career coaches who specialize in the health care industry
  • Education forums to help you choose the right industry sector

Many companies also hold information sessions, networking events, and interviews on campus.

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