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Healthcare academics and student experience

Don't just keep up with the healthcare industry, be the ones that drive it forward. Our HCAK Program combines the core foundational training of an MBA with a curated focus on the business of healthcare that is necessary for long-term success as a leader in the sector.

Whether your focus is on healthcare, entrepreneurship or strategy, you'll get exposure from industry leaders and innovators on what it takes to be at the forefront of healthcare in today's landscape. You'll learn from professors and experts who are at the very center of shaping what healthcare is today and where it must go tomorrow. Your academic experience will also feature curated independent learning opportunities and personalized mentorship from Kellogg alumni currently working in the healthcare field.

HCAK has been pivotal to my Kellogg experience. [It] has enabled me to develop my skill sets across strategy and leadership through a healthcare lens — challenging me to broaden my knowledge, allowing me to go deep into an industry I love, and immersing me in a vibrant community of healthcare peers.
Sarah Howie ’23
Full-Time Program

Take a Deep Dive into healthcare

Immerse yourself in our Deep Dive course, a unique learning opportunity with students across the Full-Time, Evening & Weekend and Executive MBA Programs. Held over three weekends in Miami, Chicago and San Francisco, you'll gain a deeper understanding of challenges leaders face, while uncovering new avenues for the evolving industry.

HCAK Pathway

Kellogg's broad course offerings prepare you to lead and navigate today's increasingly interconnected healthcare landscape. To understand how businesses create and capture value in healthcare, you must be able to understand the needs different stakeholders, as well as the entire value chain across the healthcare ecosystem.

Foundational courses
In-depth courses
Experiential/Field courses

Start with a set of foundational courses that integrate fundamental managerial disciplines with deeper exposure to the healthcare sector.

Life Sciences/Products Track

These in-depth courses help you apply foundational concepts to specific industry issues and stakeholders, while also preparing you for the strategic and managerial challenges that are unique to life sciences companies.

  • Pharmaceutical Strategy:
  • HCAK-931-0
  • Intellectual Capital Management*: STRT-441
  • Biomedical Marketing: HCAK-470
  • Value Creation and Capture in Biopharmaceuticals Services:
  • HCAK-960-5

*Recommended that students complete the healthcare option for final project


Payer/Provider Track

Hone your knowledge and skills through these in-depth courses on what it takes to help shape and guide a successful healthcare system in the U.S. and around the world.

  • Value Creation and Capture in Healthcare Services: HCAK-951-5
  • Leadership in Today's U.S. Health Systems: HCAK-924-5
  • Understanding Healthcare's Global Marketplace: HCAK-928-5
  • Strategy and Execution for a Successful Healthcare Delivery System: HCAK-935-5
  • Using Analytics to Create and Capture Value in Healthcare:
    HCAK-941-5

As part of your capstone experience in HCAK, you'll participate in experiential learning courses so you can start applying academic theories to real-life situations.

  • Medical Technology Financing and Commercialization: HCAK-611
  • Health and Human Rights: SSIM-933
  • Medical Technologies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries:
    SSMI-673-5
  • Healthcare Strategy Consulting Lab: STRT-947
  • NUVention Medical Innovation I: HCAK-615
  • NUVention Medical Innovation II: HCAK-616
  • Forging and Funding Health Care Startups: HCAK-927

Healthcare Entrepreneurship Track — NEW!

This is a dynamic and exciting time to be in healthcare, especially if you have an entrepreneurial mindset and you want to make a difference in this growing industry. In addition to challenges any startup or early-stage business faces, the complexities of healthcare present further issues that entrepreneurs must be familiar with. Kellogg’s new and dedicated focus on healthcare entrepreneurship will help you gain knowledge, experiences and connections across areas of healthcare where innovation is most active and impactful.

 

Foundational courses
In-depth courses
Experiential/Field

Start with these foundational courses to be an effective entrepreneur or investor in an early-stage healthcare company.

Hone your knowledge and skills through these in-depth courses that will see you advance your healthcare entrepreneurship skills.

  • NUVention Medical Innovation: HCAK-615/616
  • Medical Product Financing and Commercialization: HCAK-611
  • Pharmaceutical Strategy: HCAK-931
  • Value Creation and Capture in Biopharmaceuticals: HCAK-960-5
  • Value Capture in Health Care Services: HCAK-951-5
  • New course – Digital Health: (to be offered winter quarter)
  • New Venture Launch: ENTR-466
  • New Venture Development:
    ENTR-464-0

Take part in an independent study on a particular topic or area of interest while receiving dedicated support, mentorship and guidance from the HCAK team.

Independent study projects will be listed in the Fall along with applications to participate. Projects will take place in the Winter and Spring quarters.

  • Work with healthcare organizations to help solve real-world challenges
  • Receive guidance for those looking to start their own venture

 

Speaker series

Perspectives on the Business of Healthcare

Leading C-suite business executives speak about their careers and broad issues of interest in their particular sector of healthcare. Speakers are selected from the highest industry tiers across the healthcare ecosystem, exploring current trends and sharing their strategic foresight of where the industry is going.

Healthcare at Kellogg Executive Chat

This informal executive chat series provides a distinctive space for students to ask candid questions of healthcare executives. The chats are intentionally capped at no more than 15 students during lunch. This format helps build unique opportunities for in-depth conversations with leaders in healthcare.

Faculty Speaker Series

HCAK holds a series of five lunchtime talks on key areas of the healthcare sector. Each faculty speaker presentation is designed to give meaningful insights to all students, regardless of experience in the industry. Past subjects include the U.S. Health Insurance System (Public and Private) by Professor Craig Garthwaite, Health Providers: Market-Level Perspective with Professor David Dranove, and Entrepreneurship in Health Care with Professor Peter McNerney.

As an emergency room doctor, I learned firsthand how creating high-quality healthcare outcomes for individuals and populations demands a deep working knowledge of healthcare system leadership, strategy, administration, financing and innovation. The disparities and innovation of the COVID pandemic again ignited my passion for contributing to healthcare leadership within premier health systems and disruptive industries, prompting me to begin my own Kellogg MBA Healthcare journey.
John Bailitz '22
Evening & Weekend MBA

Contact us about Healthcare at Kellogg

Craig Garthwaite
Faculty Director, Healthcare at Kellogg
c-garthwaite@kellogg.northwestern.edu
847-491-2509



Pete McNerney
Director, Healthcare Entrepreneurship Initiative, Healthcare at Kellogg
peter.mcnerney@kellogg.northwestern.edu
847-491-3838

Paul Campbell
Executive Director, Healthcare at Kellogg
paul.campbell@kellogg.northwestern.edu
847-308-4586