The MBA Experience


The first-year required curriculum incorporates health care cases and topics in many courses ranging from Marketing and Finance to Entrepreneurship and Strategy. This ensures that all students will understand the industry from various functional perspectives.

During the second-year elective curriculum, you may choose courses and field-based research specific to your particular health care interests. Some students also choose to cross-register for health care courses at other schools within the University.

Elective courses will vary from year to year. Typical HBS course offerings may include:

Field-based Courses

Several unique "in the field" learning opportunities are offered to students to complement their on campus coursework. First year students participate in Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD), which takes student teams to 15 countries around the globe to conduct research for a company in the host country. In 2013, FIELD Global Partner companies included health care companies such as Piramal Healthcare and Sundaram Medical Devices in India.

Second year students can take elective courses, many of which have the option of studying an industry- or country-specific topic with an HBS Professor in the field. Past EC field studies in health care have included:

  • Health Care in China: Opportunities in Innovation and Integration
  • Health Care: Science, Delivery, and Regulation
  • India Immersion: Creating Opportunities in Health Care Delivery
  • Innovations in Consumer-Driven Health Care
  • Value-Based Health Care Delivery
Healthcare: Science, Delivery, and Regulation
Jan. 8, 2009

Cross Registration

HBS students may take graduate-level courses at several other schools within Harvard University. Courses at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Law School, and the Kennedy School of Government are popular.