Academics & Student Experience

Healthcare MBA with a purpose

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.

HCAK combines all degree programs at Kellogg. This allows Full-Time and Evening & Weekend students to interact with Executive MBA students and aims to provide all students with a combination of academic frameworks and practical experience. Additionally, Kellogg offers a joint-degree program for MD students in partnership with the Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Kellogg alumnus Kent Hawryluk ’07 gave a $3M gift to establish the Hawryluk Biopharmaceutical Scholars Endowed Fund

In February 2021, Kellogg alumnus Kent Hawryluk ’07 gave a $3M gift to establish the Hawryluk Biopharmaceutical Scholars Endowed Fund. This builds upon the HCAK program establishing a network of full-time MBA students with demonstrated interest in the biopharmaceutical sector. Scholars will receive scholarships and benefit from dedicated cocurricular programming intended to prepare them for long-term success in this evolving field.

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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 in 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.

Faculty sponsors: Craig Garthwaite (Strategy)

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 931-0

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.

Value Creation and Capture in Healthcare
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

3 | Experiential / Field

Medical Technology Financing and Commercialization
ENTR 611

Health and Human Rights
KPPI 933

Medical Technologies in Developing Countries
KPPI 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

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


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Hawryluk Biopharmaceutical Scholars Program

In February 2021, Kellogg alumnus Kent Hawryluk ’07 gave a $3M gift to establish the Hawryluk Biopharmaceutical Scholars Endowed Fund. This builds upon the HCAK program establishing a network of full-time MBA students with demonstrated interest in the biopharmaceutical sector. Scholars will receive scholarships and benefit from dedicated cocurricular programming intended to prepare them for long-term success in this evolving field. Each year an intimately sized cohort will be named Hawryluk Scholars. Read more about this year’s Hawryluk Scholars.

Annually, the Hawryluk Biopharmaceutical Scholars program will have a kick-off dinner with Kent Hawryluk and Kellogg faculty to outline the diverse programming for Hawryluk Scholars including:

  • Customized Mentoring – Scholars are paired with members of the Hawryluk Mentorship Council to provide ongoing guidance and advice about careers in the biopharmaceutical market
  • Executive Briefings – Industry leaders will speak to the group about the latest trends in the biopharmaceutical sector
  • Company Treks – A visit to leading companies here in Illinois or out of state to meet with industry leaders and firms at the frontier of innovation
  • Chalk Talks – Scientists from Northwestern University and industry will speak to the group about their area of expertise

Hawryluk Scholars will also receive greater access to speakers at Kellogg, the scientific community at Northwestern University, such as the Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP) Institute, and an alum mentor.

2020-21 Cohort

  • Bhavana Balakrishnan ’22
  • Lauren Cziesla ’23
  • David Elmets ’23
  • Siddharth (Sid) Gupta ’23
  • Michael Koniares ’22
  • Raina Liu ’22
  • Sara McGahan ’23
  • Cecilia Su ’22
  • Christa Styrkowicz ’22
  • Michelle Wang ’23
  • Fiona Wu ’22

2020-21 Mentorship Council

  Liz Bhatt, Chief Business & Strategy Officer, Applied Molecular Transport
Suzanne Blaug, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company

Career Opportunities


Genentech, Inc.
Gilead Sciences
Sanofi Genzyme


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


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

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


Actualize Therapy
Evidation Health
Mango Health
Omada Health
Proteus Digital Health

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

Clubs & Events

The program for Healthcare at Kellogg goes well beyond the classroom to offer a rich mix of cocurricular, professional, mentorship and academic opportunities. The Healthcare Club, with an average of 350 students, 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.

The Healthcare Club hosts events throughout the year, providing students with an opportunity to learn about the healthcare system, meet other students interested in healthcare, connect with companies across the healthcare sector, prepare for interviews at healthcare companies and network with Kellogg alumni who work in healthcare. Highlights include Healthcare 101 Speaker Series, Healthcare Week, Company Lunch & Learns, Career Tracks, Social Events and Case Competitions.

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.

Mentorship Program

For more than 30 years, HCAK has hosted the Mentorship 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.

Speaker Series

Perspectives on the Business of Healthcare

Leading C-suite executives speak to a group of 60 students about their careers and broad issues of interest in their particular sector of healthcare. Speakers are selected from the highest industry tiers and across the healthcare ecosystem. The speakers explore current trends and share their strategic foresight of where the industry is going. This year’s speakers will include:

  • Liz Bhatt, Chief Business & Strategy Officer, Applied Molecular Transport
  • Jeff Rhodes, Co-Director Healthcare, TPG
  • Martin Babler, Chairman, President & CEO, Esker Therapeutics
  • Eric Larsen, President, Advisory Board Company
  • Chris Ehrlich, CEO, Locust Walk
  • Adam Koppel, Managing Director, Bain Capital Life Sciences

Healthcare at Kellogg Executive Chat

A more informal venue that provides a distinctive space for students to ask candid questions of healthcare executives. The chats are intentionally capped at 15 students over lunch. This format helps build unique opportunities for in-depth conversations with leaders across the healthcare ecosystem.

  • David Muhlestein, Chief Strategy and Chief Research Officer, Leavitt Partners
  • Kaveh Safavi, Senior Managing Director Global Health, Accenture
  • Brook LeVassuer, CEO, AristaMD
  • Sasha Preble, Partner and COO Strategy and Growth, Optum
  • Irina Pelphrey, Senior Director, Pricing and Partnerships, Walmart Health
  • Tanya Hayes, Partner Human Capital, Frazier Healthcare
  • Kent Berkley, Principal, Frazier Healthcare
  • Mike Miller, CEO, Caravel Autism Health
  • Richard Heller, Pediatric Radiologist, Radiology Partners

Faculty 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:

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

Healthcare at Kellogg Alumni

The Kellogg Healthcare Alumni Network is a robust innovative way for thousands of healthcare alumni to engage with each other and Kellogg faculty, thought leaders more frequently and meaningfully.

Members will regular communications about timely issues related to the business of healthcare. Additionally, members will have access to exclusive webinars, updates on healthcare stories of interest with faculty editorials, an updated database of Kellogg alumni in the healthcare field, and networking opportunities at in-person events and conferences.

Kellogg’s multitude of offerings academically, professionally and socially in the healthcare industry really stood out to me. I also wanted to make sure that I built a solid general management foundation and layered in healthcare learnings, rather than solely be limited to healthcare offerings. I personally love how the HCAK program is structured to be a complement to our core curriculum.

Bhavana Balakarishnan (2Y, Class of 2022) / Post-Kellogg Bhavana is pivoting from an operations role at a pharma company to a career in Healthcare Investment Banking

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 in the fall of 2020.

John Bailitz (Evening & Weekend MBA)


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