The Questrom Health Sector Management Program prepares early to mid-career professionals from around the world for future roles as ethical, successful, and innovative leaders in the health sector. The program combines core disciplines of management with crucial understanding of the challenges and opportunities that the health sector presents. Questrom faculty conduct research and collaborate with health sector professionals to expand knowledge and promote innovation and excellence in the field.
Background: The MBA core and Health Sector courses are integrative in nature, with students developing key competencies in both types of courses as part of the HSM Program. Competencies capture the driving forces of our program and serve to guide the curriculum. The Questrom School of Business seeks to not only educate our students with fundamental core concepts, but provide them with deeper learning that distinguishes us from other programs. In addition to core concepts, our competencies include blends of ethical perspective, leadership, team skills, and the ability to think cross-functionally. This is appropriate given that, as its mission states, the Program prepares early to mid-career professionals from around the world to become ethical, successful, and innovative leaders in the health sector. Please see below for the HSM Program competencies, which include the MBA Program competencies/learning goals.
The competencies for the HSM Program are that graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate an ethical perspective
- Demonstrate core business knowledge and skills:
- Critical and analytical thinking
- Written communication
- Oral communication
- Use of business software
- Core business knowledge
- Career development plan
- Demonstrate leadership:
- Leadership responsibility
- Ability to give and receive feedback
- Demonstrate a management systems perspective.
- Demonstrate a global perspective.
- Demonstrate an innovative approach.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth and complexity of the health sector.
- Demonstrate strategies and execution in either health services delivery or life sciences.
The Health Sector Management Program curriculum combines a strong education in the core functions of health sector management with the flexibility to obtain an enhanced understanding and skill set within the student’s specialized interest area. In addition to the core MBA program, HSM students must take two HSM elective courses and have an internship experience in health between the first and second years of study.
The curriculum uses a proven approach to:
- Build on the functional skills of the core MBA curriculum,
- provide targeted understanding of the nature of the health sector and the application of those basic skills to the sector, and
- flexibly address specialized interests within the sector, whether life science products, health service delivery, consulting, or any other industry segment. This unusual combination of full MBA education and a specialized health sector focus provides the optimal background for success in the field.
HSM Required Courses:
Students must take 5 health sector courses to complete the HSM Program.
HM703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities (MOD 4)
HM820 Strategy, Economics, & Policy in the Health Sector (Fall Year Two)
HM717 Drugs, Devices & Diagnostics: New Challenges, Strategies, and Execution (Fall Year Two)
HM710 Health Service Delivery: Strategies, Solutions, and Execution (Fall Year Two)
2 health sector electives (see Courses & Faculty tab for full listing)
By combining the MBA core with specific health related courses, the Health Sector Management Program at Boston University exposes students to the core competencies, or learning goals, of a traditional MBA program, which are then applied within the context of the health sector.
HSM Curriculum Grids
HSM Full-Time MBA
HSM PEMBA Entering Class of 2016 through Class of 2018
HSM PEMBA Entering Class of 2019 and Later