Program

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.

The 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 proNancy Kanejects 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. For example, in operations management, there is both formal in-class lecture and case discussion, as well as a “take home” project involving observation and analysis of a service delivery process in a health care setting.