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MBA in Health Care Management

The MBA Program in Health Care Management (HCM) is for leaders who want to harness the power of business to transform the future of health care.

The first and leading program of its kind, the HCM program gives students the best of both worlds: all the resources that only a school like Wharton can provide, along with a close-knit community of students, faculty, and alumni who share a passion for health care. With its strengths in health economics and health management, the MBA in Health Care Management gives students a full range of managerial and technical expertise within an interdisciplinary program.

Applying to the Health Care Management Program

HCM management is a robust, comprehensive program at Wharton offering the MBA degree with the Health Care Management major. Because of the unique program structure, students interested in the Health Care Management Program must indicate their interest when they apply to Wharton. The Application essays offer applicants an opportunity to discuss their interests and background in the health care field and their motivation to pursue the Health Care Management Major. Students may apply in any round. Final admission decisions are made by the Wharton Admissions Committee according to Wharton's decision release date schedule.

How the Health Care Management Program Is Different

Students drawn from all areas of the health care sector. The close-knit cohort combines a unique mix of skills and experience with a shared dedication to health care. Students bring backgrounds and perspective from medicine, engineering, pharmaceuticals, biotech, health care services, government agencies, insurance organizations, health care information technology, health care entrepreneurship, private equity, venture capital, consulting firms and many other organizations that specialize in the health care sector.

Distinctive curriculum begins semester one. The HCM begins with a first-semester required course, The Health Services System, to create a common ground for all students, followed by a Health Care Field Application Project to give students experience with real business challenges in preparation for internships. Second-year electives may include E-Health, Health Care Entrepreneurship, Private Sector Development in Global Health Development, and Health Care Marketing, among 200+ electives offered at Wharton.

Dedicated department of HCM faculty members. Wharton Health Care Management faculty have internationally recognized experience in health services delivery, economics law, policy, ethics, and decision analysis. Adjunct faculty members are also drawn from the top-tier of health industry experts and bring their own knowledge and networks into the classroom.

Full integration into the Wharton School. HCM students take most of their classes outside the program and participate fully in the social and intellectual life of the Wharton School. Many students choose a second Wharton major, including Entrepreneurial Management, Operations and Information Management, Finance, or Marketing.

Access to the resources of the University of Pennsylvania. HCM majors draw on a rich variety of elective courses across the University, including courses in the behavioral and applied social sciences, biomedical sciences, and social policy through the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dental Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, and Arts & Sciences. Some students pursue joint degrees with other schools at Penn, such as the MD, MSN, VMD, DMD and more.

Direct contact with influential leaders in all areas of health care, many of whom are Wharton graduates. The Wharton Health Care Alumni Association includes nearly 2000 alumni, a special community within the larger group of more than 93,000 Wharton alumni in nearly 150 countries. HCM’s mentor program connects students with alumni with established careers in pharmaceutical and medical product companies, financial services, hospitals and other medical institutions, entrepreneurial ventures, consulting firms, foundations, industry, and government — many of them holding positions as chief executive officers, directors, and other key decision makers. For information on the activities and programs of WHCMAA, please visit www.whartonhealthcare.org.

Learn More

To learn more about the Health Care Management Major, please visit the Wharton Health Care Department Website.

Student Perspective

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