The goal of the Institute is to prepare graduate students to be exceptional contributors to the health sector, whatever setting they choose. As such, we are using what we feel is a uniquely effective and flexible model developed by elite business schools such as our primary partner Wharton. Unlike programs that are entirely healthcare-centric, with all courses focusing on the health sector, we begin with the core areas of business and management. In the initial half of the program students gain all the core skills, including accounting, economics, marketing, quantitative methods, strategy, finance, operations, and leadership.
The knowledge, skills and capacity they attain in the core are powerfully and universally effective in any business or organizational setting. Only after they master those core areas do they then take courses with a health sector specialization. In those courses they learn about the particular characteristics of the health sector and apply what they have learned in the core to that specific context.
This approach has several advantages. The students gain a full understanding of core disciplines, rather than simply the particular ways in which they apply in certain health settings. They understand the larger context and economy and the way in which the health sector interfaces. They also have greater flexibility and credibility in their career, since their training is the equal of anyone else with whom they will interface. The model is certainly more demanding, but it allow us to graduate students who have great breadth of knowledge and skills, greater flexibility and creativity in their work, and who are positioned to become leaders in their field.