FAQ

What is the Health Enterprise Management (HEMA) program?

The mission of the HEMA program is to meet the needs of any management student who seeks to excel in either the product or services side of the health industry. HEMA majors may select either the Biotechnology and Medical Products track (products) or Health Industry Management track (services). HEMA faculty, industry leaders and students work together to craft a curriculum that blends rigorous academics with practical concepts and continuous innovation.

Why are there separate product and services tracks?

The product and service tracks are the legacies of two important programs within Kellogg. The Health Industry Management Program, which recently celebrated its 65th anniversary, has a long tradition of training leaders in all sectors of the health economy. In 2000, recruiters voiced strong demand for a program addressing the commercialization of life sciences (including pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices and agriculture). Kellogg responded by creating the Center for Biotechnology to study innovations in the life sciences and to establish a biotechnology track. After eight years of working side by side, the two programs joined forces in 2008. The resulting HEMA program provides a common learning and practical experiences while affording students the opportunity to tailor their curriculum to their specific career goals.

Do I need a background in science or healthcare for the major?

No. All students are required to take the core class, HEMA 440, which provides an overview of the health industry focusing on patient, payor, provider and the products. (In exceptional cases, students may waive HEMA 440 with permission of the instructor.) Students taking the biotech track are encouraged to be literate in the sciences. That is why we offer the elective, noncredit HEMA 910 (an intensive science course) in the fall quarter. This course provides students with the vocabulary and framework to understand the current biotech literature for career switchers.

Does the HEMA program offer its own separate degree?

No, it offers a HEMA major as part of the Kellogg School MBA program. Many Kellogg students graduate with two or three majors. The health industry is not exempt from the normal rules of business and thus the HEMA major is not self contained. To be robust, it must be coupled with a major in one of the functional areas, such as marketing, finance, management and strategy, etc.

On average, how many students major or concentrate in Health Enterprise Management program each year?

About 30-35 students complete the requirement for the HEMA major (biotech or HIM track) each year. Another 40 take at least two courses from the major to develop specific skills that complement another major at Kellogg. There is a lot of interest generated as is evident from the number of students in the Health Enterprise Management Club (more than 350 as of 2008).

What are some of the networking opportunities I have through the program?

The program has a vibrant alumni that supports the current students as mentors and as future employers. Programs such as the alumni mixers, bootcamps and speaker series allow students to learn and network. Senior executives are frequent speakers in our various classes.

Do students participate with other colleges within and outside of Northwestern?

HEMA students have many opportunities to collaborate with their colleagues at Northwestern and beyond. Through the Medical Innovation (HEMA 915) course, students and faculty from the business, medical, engineering and law schools work to bring new medical technologies to the market. Kellogg students work with other Northwestern students in the annual CHEST Foundation, NUVenture Challenge, and the CBC Business plan competition .

What are some examples of positions that Kellogg graduates of the HEMA hold? 

Our alumni are associated with every major health enterprise. They are in business development, marketing, venture capital, investment banking, consulting areas and hospital administration. Roche, Pilgrim Healthcare, Amgen, Medtronics, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, ENH, Northwestern Memorial, McKinsey, BCG, Abbott, Baxter, Dupont, Genzyme, Novartis, Eli Lilly, Burrill, Pfizer, Merck and Takeda are some of the companies that recruit our students.

Are there current students who can be contacted for information?

We have a group of highly dedicated students who chair the Health Enterprise Management Club. They are always ready to answer any questions that you may have regarding the curriculum, program or involvement in different leadership activities once you are part of the school. You can contact the club co-chairs through their website.

How do I apply?

Contact the Kellogg School Admissions office at 847.491.3308 or visit the Web site. There is no separate interview process for this major. You can indicate your interest in the HEMA program when you apply.