About Health Enterprise Management

Led by Professor Leemore Dafny, Health Enterprise Management is designed for students interested in becoming well-rounded strategic leaders in the healthcare sector.

Flexible curriculum
Health Enterprise Management offers students the flexibility to tailor their curriculum to their career goals. The healthcare major requires one core course and three additional courses of your choosing to be taken at any point during your MBA program. The flexible curriculum allows students to supplement coursework with other academic interests such as finance, marketing, or strategy. Students at all levels of prior health sector experience are welcome.

Team-based learning
Health Enterprise Management students can learn entrepreneurship through hands-on, interdisciplinary initiatives such as NUvention, which brings Kellogg students together with Northwestern engineering, law, and medical students to create commercially viable medical technology business models. The Global Health Initiative is another popular interdisciplinary offering. Each quarter, students apply innovative business solutions to global health concerns by extending the reach of new healthcare technologies such as HIV testing devices into developing countries. Other relevant experiential course options include the biotechnology boot camp (HEMA-910), medical technologies in developing countries (KPPI-973-A), and medical innovation (HEMA-915).

Strong alumni network
Health Enterprise Management students are privileged to have access to an extensive alumni network of healthcare professionals. Health Enterprise Management melds together two prior programs, the Health Industry Management (HIM) program that just celebrated its 65th anniversary of training students interested in health services, and the younger Center for Biotechnology Management that emphasized medical product innovation.

Access to recruiters across the healthcare sector
Health Enterprise Management students explore professional options by visiting with dozens of potential healthcare employers who come to campus as well as through Kellogg’s active alumni network. Students have wide interests within the health sector and compete successfully for jobs in provider, insurer, and supplier organizations, as well as in consulting, investment banking, and other related sectors of the economy. Students accept positions across the US and abroad.

Renowned professors
Professors bring both real-world knowledge and their published research to the classroom. For example, Program Director Leemore Dafny spent 2012 at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington DC as its first Deputy Director for Healthcare and Antitrust in the agency’s Bureau of Economics. She now brings her experience at the FTC along with her research into the intersection of industry and public policy to Kellogg where she teaches Healthcare Strategy (MGMT-945) and Empirical Methods in Strategy (MGMT-469).

Chicago presence with a global reach
Our students benefit from being situated right outside Chicago during their time at Kellogg. In addition to Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago and its surrounding suburbs are home to many top hospitals such as Northwestern Memorial, University of Chicago, Advocate Health Care, and Rush University Medical Centers as well as large healthcare corporation headquarters including Walgreens, Abbott Laboratories, Baxter International, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. It also boasts a growing startup scene including the prominent incubator 1871 and multiple health tech companies.