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Program

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

The Master of Science degree in Health Care Management provides practical skills to physicians who have leadership positions 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
  • Five four-day weekends per year
  • Average 15 hrs/week of off-campus work, involving worksite projects and homework assignments
  • All classes take place on Harvard’s Longwood Campus in Boston

Because participants are employed full time, most courses incorporate features of continuous learning, where skills learned in the classroom can be applied immediately to the participant’s work site. 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.