FAQ

What is the Health Enterprise Management (HEMA) pathway?

The Health Enterprise Management (HEMA) pathway prepares students for the unique challenges and opportunities in the healthcare sector. Foundational HEMA offerings integrate fundamental managerial disciplines (e.g., economics, strategy) with deep exposure to the industries comprising the healthcare sector, while advanced courses apply these concepts to the specific problems facing managers in the life sciences and payer/provider sectors. As a capstone to the pathway, HEMA students may test and hone their skills through an experiential or field course.

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

No. We have courses that expose students to a set of fundamental issues facing health enterprises in the healthcare sector (both life sciences and payer/provider segments).

Does the HEMA pathway offer its own separate degree?

No, the HEMA pathway allows students to build expertise in emerging areas and evolving industries. The health industry is not exempt from the normal rules of business and thus the HEMA pathway 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 concentrate in Health Enterprise Management pathway each year?

About 30-35 students participate in the pathway each year. Many more students take at least two courses from the pathway 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 2016).

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.