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Health Care Management & Economics

Wharton's PhD program in Health Care Management and Economics provides an interdisciplinary health services research focus applicable across private and public sectors. The program combines intensive training in health care systems and health services research with advanced training in a traditional business discipline.

Our program provides thought leadership and policy development in the following areas of distinction:

  • Value of technology and innovation
  • Health insurance design and reform
  • Design and impact of incentives in numerous health industry contexts
  • Competition and collaboration across the value chain
  • The broad inter-professional/multidisciplinary work of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Wharton’s doctoral program is unique among similar programs because it provides a strong background in microeconomic theory, an advanced teaching of econometric and statistical techniques, a comprehensive analysis of both health economics and health care services research, and grounding in management/strategy theory and research. The doctoral program complements the course work with numerous opportunities to collaborate with faculty members in research projects exploring a wide variety of topics in the health economics and management fields.

The department’s faculty members are extremely helpful in working with doctoral students in developing their own research ideas. Finally, the link between Wharton’s Health Care Management and Economics Department and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the Wharton Center for Health Management and Economics, and the world-leading University of Pennsylvania Health Care System provides doctoral students with invaluable opportunities to meet prominent researchers in the field, conduct exciting research, attend insightful seminars and compete for funding opportunities. Doctoral students have opportunities to work closely with faculty at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Health Care Management doctoral students predominantly come from a business, math, or social science background, and also include physicians, future physicians, and clinically trained professionals. More »

Financial Aid

All students receive financial aid to cover full tuition for four years. They also receive a stipend for at least three and usually four years. Students are strongly encouraged to seek additional funding for their fourth and any additional years. The National Research Service Award (NRSA) is a major source of financial assistance. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NRSA is distinctive in being one of the first programs to recognize the need to train physicians and doctoral students in the principles of health services research. Penn is one of only 28 universities nationwide to receive this funding. Other funding is provided by the Health Care Department and the Wharton School. This includes the University and Wharton Dean's Fellowships; and individual health services research grants. More »