Master in Health Care Management

A Master’s Degree Tailored To Physicians’ Specific Leadership Needs

The Master in Health Care Management degree provides a unique, part-time, experience that delivers the best business management education for working physicians executives in or new to leadership roles in health care organizations.

Photo of an MHCM studentThe health care environment is increasingly competitive and financially driven. At the same time, health care providers have become more involved in managing the health delivery system, in addition to managing patients.

Physicians in managerial roles face important challenges as they struggle to balance financial and competitive constraints with the patient care mission of their organizations.

As the entities delivering health services have grown more corporate and complex, the need to acquire formal managerial and organizational skills has become critical.

A Flexible Program Designed Around Physicians’ Demanding Schedules

  • Two year program, part-time
  • Three weeks per summer on Boston campus
  • Five four-day weekends per year on Boston campus
  • Average 10-15 hrs/week of off-campus work, involving worksite projects and homework assignments

Because participants are employed full time, most courses incorporate features of continuous learning in which students can immediately put new knowledge into practice in the workplace. Active classroom learning is designed to encourage students to learn from each other’s real-time work experiences. Homework and small group assignments complement this approach by enabling students to apply skills learned in the classroom.


The degree of Master in Health Care Management goes beyond the traditional MBA program, by applying business management disciplines to the specialized practices of the health care sector.

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing
  • Information Systems
  • Operations Management
  • Accounting and Control
  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Strategy Determination
  • Negotiation and Communication

The program also provides courses not generally offered in traditional business school programs, which prepare managers to deal specifically with the US health care marketplace.

  • Health Policy and Payment Systems – develops knowledge to manage the challenges presented by our public and private health financing systems
  • Health Care Quality Improvement – utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to creating systems that address the realities of human error in health delivery systems
  • Quality Field Project – completes a year-long quality improvement field project from conception and design to implementation
  • Innovative Problem Solving & Design Thinking – provides an opportunity to model the leader’s role in adapting faster to change and to quickly rework products and processes
  • Transitioning to Physician Leadership – explores the skills required to succeed in general leadership roles; particular emphasis is placed on managing the challenges that accompany the career transition from clinician to leader.

Learn more

Visit the MHCM site to learn more about the program, tuition, faculty, and more.