Courses & Curriculum

Chart Your Own Path

The health care curriculum at Tuck is designed for students who have an in-depth interest in health care and for those who want to understand the health care system in preparation for careers such as consulting, banking or entrepreneurship. The curriculum includes specific courses focused on health care, opportunities to design independent studies in health care and the chance to participate in formal health-related projects. 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.

Elective Courses

BUSINESS OF HEALTH CARE

Professor Donald P. Conway

This course focuses on the intersection of for-profit business and medicine and focuses on business opportunities in the health care space, including providers, hospital systems, manufacturers (pharma, biotech, 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.

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN BIOTECHNOLOGY: THE PRACTITIONERS PERSPECTIVE

Professor Steve Gillis; Professor Michael Zubkoff

In this minicourse, 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 learned over the past three decades.

HEALTH CARE ANALYTICS

Professor Lindsey Leininger

This course will provide students with an overview of descriptive, predictive, and evaluative health analytics -- along with the associated underlying data assets – that are driving major innovations across the health care sector. We will cover fundamental analytic frameworks using a practical approach, translating them to current applications such as the role of machine learning in diagnostic medicine, the correlates and consequences of blockbuster clinical trials, and the promises and pitfalls of Big Data sources in driving improved health system performance.

INVESTING AND DEAL MAKING IN HEALTH CARE: PRACTITIONERS' PERSPECTIVES

Professor Michael A. CarusiProfessor Michael S. McIvor; Professor Michael Zubkoff; Suzie Rubin

This minicourse looks at the complexities and inner workings of the health care ecosystem, providing a practitioner's 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.

MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS

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.

MEDICAL CARE AND THE CORPORATION

Professor Paul B. Gardent; Professor Michael Zubkoff

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 and 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.

STRUCTURE, ORGANIZATION AND ECONOMICS OF THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY

Professor Paul B. Gardent; Professor Michael Zubkoff

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.

TuckGO

Tuck students develop a global mindset through immersion into different cultures. TuckGO (global opportunities) features a set of carefully designed immersive, experiential courses that take place in various countries around the world and to fulfill this requirement, each student must participate in at least one such course in a country that is new to them. Four activities satisfy this requirement: a Global Insight Expedition, a qualifying First-Year Project, an OnSite Global Consulting assignment, or an Exchange Program with one of Tuck's partner institutions. Students can also propose an alternative means of meeting the requirement that must be approved in advance. See Experiential Learning for more information on how students in the past have designed their own academic pathways in health care as a part of TuckGO.

Independent Study

Independent Study projects allow students to explore a health care topic of their choosing for credit. Each study is approved and supervised by two faculty members and graded at its conclusion.  Some of the recent topics explored by student through independent study projects include:

Accountable Care Organizations

Economics of Health Care Benefits

Digital Health Technology and Investment

Health Care Transparency

Business Models for International Health Care Services

Drug Pricing

The Dual Eligible (Medicare/Medicaid) Market

Value-Based Health Care Delivery

Investment Opportunities in Antibacterial and Antifungal Drugs

Specialty Pharmaceuticals

Health Care Enterprise Technology

Exploring the Business Case for Cancer Consulting

Technology and Mental Health

DHMC Cardiology Optimization

Experiential Learning

In addition to classroom learning, many Tuck students expand their health care industry experience by participating in experiential learning opportunities with a health care focus. These may include the First-Year Project, OnSite Global Consulting, Global Insight Expeditions, and other health care projects.
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