Health care elective course offerings at Tuck cover a broad range of topics and industry segments, including health care services and delivery, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices.

Structure, organization, and economics of the health care industry

Professors Paul B. Gardent, Michael Zubkoff and Donald P. Conway

By introducing the structure, organization and financing of health care in relationship to business and the economy, this course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the health care industry and critical issues in health care today. It will provide an industry-wide view from the differing perspectives within the health care value chain, including providers, suppliers, payers and consumers, and examine the market dynamics among these players.


Professors Michael Zubkoff and Paul B. Gardent 

This course examines the critical issues facing business leaders as they approach and finance health benefits for employees, manage cost, and choose the best strategy for recruiting and retaining a productive workforce. Students will build an understanding of the structure, economics an dynamics of the employer based health care system from the perspective of corporate leaders, learn how the ACA has fundamentally changed the strategic landscape and comprehend alternative approaches to help businesses cope with these strategic issues.


Professor Donald P. Conway

This course focuses on the intersection of for-profit business and medicine and on business opportunities in the health care space, including providers, hospital systems, manufacturers (pharma, biotech and medical devices) and health care services and IT. Guest speakers who have achieved commercial success in the health care sector will participate in the class and will draw on their experience to teach what has worked in the market.


Professors Michael McIvor, Mike Carusi, Suzie Rubin and Michael Zubkoff

This minicourse looks at the complexities and inner workings of the health care ecosystem, providing practitioners' point of view on the players, how they interact, partner and transact. Students are introduced to health services, medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals and health IT. The path for venture capital and private equity-backed companies from creation to exit is explored, including the goals and incentives of various stakeholders. The course covers different types of investing and deal making transactions as well as strategies, tactics and analytical tools.

Core Faculty for this course include Tuck alumni currently working in the field of healthcare investing mergers & acquisitions.

  • Michael McIvor, T'93, Vice Chairman-Americas Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Michael Carusi, T'93, General Partner, Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV)
  • Michael Lewis, MD, MBA, Senior Lecturer, Tuck School of Business, Prof. Orthopaedic Surgery, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Senior Fellow, Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science
  • Michael Zubkoff, Associate Dean, and Director, MD-MBA Program at Dartmouth, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Faculty Director, Healthcare Initiative at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Professor of Health Economics and Management, Tuck, Geisel, and Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice


Professor Paul B. Gardent

This minicourse provides students with the knowledge and understanding of key leadership and strategic challenges within health services organizations. It covers important functions of health services management, including strategy, finance, and operations and introduces students to leadership issues in performance improvement, change management, organizational leadership and strategic alliances.


Professors Steve Gillis, Michael Zubkoff and Donald P. Conway

As a relatively new field of commercial endeavor, biotechnology has had more impact (perhaps with the notable exception of computer hardware and software) on society than any other business enterprise in the past 30 years. The advent of genetic engineering has revolutionized drug discovery and development, adding tens if not hundreds of novel therapies to physicians’ arsenals for treating and preventing disease.

In this course, students will gain an appreciation for the biotechnology industry, with its significant impact on society, its premise, and continued promise, and what is required for biotechnology entrepreneurs in the 21st century to attract investment capital. Areas ripe for investment and development will be explored, as will lessons that have been learned over the past three decades.

Netherlands Global Insight Expedition (GIX)

Health Care Reform: Lessons from the Netherlands and Europe

This course will be taught at TIAS School for Business and Society, a top business school in Europe affiliated with Tilburg University and the Eindhoven University of Technology.  The TIAS faculty teaching this course will expose participants to the Dutch and other European health care systems and allow them to compare different approaches to shared healthcare challenges in the Netherlands and the U.S. The GIX is led by Professor Robert Hansen.

Global Insight Expedition website.

Global Insight

Ten students traveled to the Netherlands over spring break to attend a health care-focused Global Insight Expedition at the TIAS School for Business and Society.
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