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The Kellogg School’s Health Industry Management program celebrates 60th anniversary

2/1/2004 - The Kellogg School’s Health Industry Management (HIM) program , the oldest accredited health administration program in the United States, celebrates its 60th anniversary Nov. 13 with a dinner at the James. L. Allen Center.

Founded in 1943 by Dr. Malcolm T. MacEachern, a Canadian physician considered “the father of modern hospital administration,” the program started as the Northwestern University Hospital Health Industry Management Program. It was taught at Wieboldt Hall on the university’s Chicago campus.
Through the years it evolved into the Health Industry Management (HIM) Program offered by the Kellogg School of Management.

HIM has good reason to celebrate, says Dr. Joel Shalowitz, who is a professor of Health Industry Management, director of the Health Industry Management program, an internist in private practice and a 1982 alumnus of the Kellogg School.

“Our program model is perhaps 20 years ahead of its time and is used as a model at many other schools,” he says. “It focuses on the business of health care. Health Industry Management is primarily discipline-based, not industry-based, so students learn the skills of general management, then specialize in health care topics.”

Shalowitz says this multidisciplinary approach is one key to the success of the program, which has graduated more than 1,000 students who have entered the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, venture capital and insurance, among other areas.

Whichever field they’ve chosen, they report high job satisfaction, he notes. “They feel their careers are more personally and professionally rewarding than those in other fields. They feel they’re contributing to society and making people’s lives better.”

The Friday, Nov. 13, dinner celebration is being sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and Baxter International. On the following day, the 20th annual Malcolm T. MacEachern Symposium, “Revolutionizing Tomorrow’s Healthcare Delivery,” takes place at the Feinberg Pavilion of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.