Academics & Student Experience

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Healthcare at Kellogg (HCAK) builds upon the rigorous MBA core curriculum to give students an in-depth, cross-disciplinary study of complex problems of an evolving healthcare sector. What sets the program apart is our unique healthcare management MBA pathway. Students follow a curated progression of faculty-recommended courses designed to provide a deeper, more holistic understanding of healthcare as it relates to intersecting industries, such as finance, public policy and economics.

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Healthcare at Kellogg has rightfully become one of the most impactful pathways at Kellogg. Taking classes with leading professors like Craig Garthwaite, David Dranove, and Katie Arnold has allowed me to exponentially increase my healthcare knowledge from an economics, strategy, and product development standpoint, and these are skills and lessons I use daily in career now.

Chuck Feerick `18 / Innovation Director, Anthem, Inc.
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1 / Foundation

HCAK foundational courses integrate fundamental managerial disciplines, such as economics and strategy, while taking a deep dive into the industries that make up the healthcare sector.

2 / Depth

Advanced courses apply foundational concepts to specific problems facing managers in the life sciences and payer-provider sectors. These two tracks prepare students for the unique strategic and managerial challenges in these fields.

3 / Experience

As the pathway capstone, students participate in experiential learning courses and opportunities to test and hone learning theories to real-life contexts.

HCAK pathway

Use the HCAK Pathway guide to determine which courses are most relevant to your personal and professional goals.

The Healthcare at Kellogg (HCAK) pathway prepares students for the unique challenges and opportunities in the healthcare sector. Foundational HCAK 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, HCAK students may test and hone their skills through an experiential or field course.

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Healthcare at Kellogg (HCAK)

1 | Foundational

Healthcare Strategy
STRT 443

Health Economics
STRT 444
These courses expose students to a set of fundamental issues facing health enterprises in the healthcare sector (both life sciences and payer/provider segments). We recommend students take at least one of these courses. They are designed to have limited overlap and many students choose to take more than one.

2 | Depth

Life Sciences / Products Track

These courses prepare students for the strategic and managerial challenges unique to life sciences companies.

Critical Issues in the Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device Industries
HCAK 453

Biomedical Marketing
HCAK 470

Pharmaceutical Strategy
HCAK 931-5

Intellectual Capital Management*
STRT 441
*Recommended that students complete the healthcare option for final project

Payer / Provider Track

These courses address foundational and topical issues in healthcare services.

Service Operations
OPNS 482

Transformation of the US Healthcare Delivery System
HCAK 924-5

Strategy and Execution for a Successful Healthcare Delivery System
HCAK 935-5

Health Analytics
HCAK 940-5

3 | Experiential / Field

Medical Product Early Stage Commercialization
KIEI 611

Medical Technologies in Developing Countries
KPPI 673-5

Healthcare Strategy Lab
STRT 947

NUVention Medical Innovation I
HCAK 615

NUVention Medical Innovation II
HCAK 616

Complexities of Early Stage Health Care Investing and Entrepreneurship
HCAK 927

These courses offer an opportunity to apply and hone by "going deep" in a particular field project.

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Beyond the Classroom: Clubs & Events

The program for Healthcare at Kellogg goes well beyond the classroom to offer a rich mix of co-curricular, professional, mentorship and academic opportunities. The Healthcare Club delivers a diverse platform of opportunities and activities for Kellogg students to gain awareness, develop relevant skill sets and build successful careers in the healthcare industry.

Open to participants around the world, the Biotech and Healthcare Case competition is one of the oldest and best-known healthcare competitions. This annual event features teams of students who tackle complex healthcare questions beyond a class setting.

Visiting Executives Program

For more than 30 years, HCAK has hosted the Visiting Executive Program to provide students with opportunities to gain insights from nationally recognized healthcare executives. HCAK hosts one-on-one sessions as well as small group lunches with visiting executives throughout the winter and spring quarters. The following profiles are a list of executives who actively participate in this valuable student opportunity.

Dianne Blanco ’79: Dianne Blanco is CEO and director of Orteq Limited, a privately-held startup specializing in a unique polymer technology platform for sports surgery soft tissue repair. Blanco holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Robert Hilliard Jr. ’86: Robert Hilliard was named state president for WellCare’s operations in Illinois in November 2013. In this role, he is responsible for strategy, regulatory compliance, business development, provider contracting and relations, sales and marketing, medical management, finance and administration. He serves on the board of trustees for AIDS United. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Arthur Holden ’81: Arthur Holden is the founder and chairman of the Pharmaceutical Biomedical Research Consortium (PBRC), which works to advance the field of medicine through the development of high-quality “pre-competitive” biomedical research. He is also a director of iBIO, the Chicago Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Illinois Technology Development Alliance.

Kristen Murtos: Kristen Murtos is chief administrative & strategy officer of the NorthShore Skokie Hospital part of NorthShore University HealthSystem, a comprehensive, fully integrated healthcare delivery system serving the Chicago region with four hospitals and more than 2,400 physicians. In addition to her leadership role at Skokie Hospital, Murtos oversees corporate marketing, communications and business development for NorthShore.

Olivier Visa ’05: Olivier Visa is vice president OEM, sports and donor services at RTI Surgical. Previously, he served as vice president for the global compounding business unit of Baxter Healthcare, overseeing the outsourcing sterile pharmacy business while focusing operations, quality and R&D on patient safety and innovation. Visa is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at the Kellogg School of Management.

Andrew Ziskind: Andrew Ziskind is an MGH-trained interventional cardiologist with extensive clinical and administrative experience. During his career, Ziskind served as vice dean for clinical affairs and health system vice president at the University of Washington and as president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and group president at BJC Healthcare.


Students interested in the HCAK program are eligible for renewable tuition scholarships. There is no formal process for applying for a scholarship. Students applying to Kellogg should indicate on their application that they are interested in the HCAK program by checking the appropriate box. Scholarships are renewable for the second year of MBA study conditioned on demonstrating ongoing interest in healthcare.

Career Opportunities

Genentech, Inc.
Gilead Sciences
Sanofi Genzyme

Bayer Corp.-Business Consulting
BDC Advisors
Chartis Group
McKinsey & Company
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
ZS Associates

Actualize Therapy
Evidation Health
Mango Health
Omada Health
Proteus Digital Health
Medical Device
Baxter Healthcare
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Co)
Boston Scientific
Danaher Corporation
Edwards Lifesciences
Intuitive Surgical
Medline Industries
Medtronic, PLC
Nevro Corporation
Varian Medical Systems

Eli Lilly and Company
Horizon Pharma
Pfizer, Inc
Johnson & Johnson
Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA

Provider & Services
Anthem, Inc.
athenahealth, Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cardinal Health
CVS Health
Humana, Inc.
Intermountain Health
Jacaranda Health
Kaiser Permanente
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Oak Street Health
Procured Health
Sutter Health
UCLA Health
University of Chicago Medical Center

Speaker Series

Healthcare at Kellogg will hold a series of five lunch-time talks on key areas of the healthcare sector. Each presentation is designed to give meaningful insights to all students, regardless of experience in the industry. Examples of topics covered in the HCAK Speaker Series have included:

October 3, 2019 Healthcare at Kellogg and Broad Overview of the U.S. Health System with Professor Craig Garthwaite
October 7, 2019 U.S. Health Insurance System (Public and Private) with Professor Amanda Starc
October 14, 2019 Health Providers: Market-Level Perspective with Professor David Dranove
October 21, 2019 Life Sciences: BioPharma and Medical Devices with Professor Craig Garthwaite
October 28, 2019 Entrepreneurship in Health Care with Professor Peter McNerney


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