Our general management MBA program—coupled with our case method, global reach, and interdisciplinary approach—creates a real-world environment to prepare students for the challenges of working in the healthcare industry. Both "career changers" and students with healthcare experience benefit from this unique approach.
The HBS MBA program offers maximum flexibility. Since there are no majors or concentrations, students can fine-tune their interests and create their own healthcare focus through academic, extracurricular, and career support activities.
As part of the MBA program, students analyze more than 250 cases in their first year—a significant number of these focus on healthcare.
In the second year, you're able to customize your experience by choosing healthcare-specific courses that explore topics such as entrepreneurship, global health, venture capital, commercializing science, and managing medicine. You can also integrate healthcare 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 healthcare. Each year, the format and topics change to offer exciting new learning opportunities.
Events & Activities
Healthcare-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 Healthcare Club—one of the largest student clubs on campus.
Below are two video presentations from the Faculty Perspectives on Healthcare series.
Professor Clay Christensen discusses his views on how to improve various aspects of healthcare. The slide presentation of this talk is also available.
Annual healthcare activities at HBS include:
Healthcare Industry Week
Take advantage of panels and presentations designed to introduce you to diverse industry sectors.
Healthcare Student-Alumni Mentor Program
Choose an alumni mentor who will provide guidance on navigating the complex healthcare industry.
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 healthcare consultants.
Network with alumni in a social setting.
Participate in this annual conference organized entirely by HBS students.
Students pursuing careers in healthcare receive job search support from our MBA Career and Professional Development office in conjunction with the Healthcare Initiative and student-led Healthcare Club.
A number of resources are available to help you find the right healthcare job, including:
- A proprietary job bank of internship and full-time job opportunities
- Career coaches who specialize in the healthcare industry
- Education forums to help you choose the right industry sector
Many companies also hold information sessions, networking events, and interviews on campus.