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.

First-Year Project

The First-Year Project (FYP) course is an educational experience and part of the core first-year curriculum in which teams of five Tuck students apply classroom learning to complex, real-world business challenges for clients. Under the guidance of an experienced faculty adviser, student teams learn practical consulting skills while their clients—ranging from early-stage startups to nonprofits to global industry leaders—benefit from the students' experience and study at the leading edge of business education. Many Tuck students have chosen to focus their First-Year Project experience on health care. Recent projects completed by Tuck students include:

  • Market strategy project for a multinational pharmaceutical company
  • Market entry/business model strategy project for a health care IT startup company
  • Strategic and logistical analysis for a global health care nonprofit that sends U.S. health care providers to underdeveloped regions
    (Watch a video on the Himalayan Cataract Project)
  • Feasibility study for a proposed business unit within the emergency department of a major teaching hospital

OnSite Global Consulting

OnSite Global Consulting (OnSite) is a second-year MBA elective course offering professional quality consulting services to a host of worldwide clients, and an extraordinary experiential learning opportunity for students. The program provides a cost-effective solution for corporations, non-profits, and governments that lack the time, budget, or human resources to address specific strategic initiatives. More than 194 projects for 132 clients in 50+ countries have put Tuck students’ management skills and business expertise to the test in a global context, with remarkable outcomes for students and clients alike. Consulting projects are carried out by teams of students working under the supervision of advisors with extensive consulting and project management experience. All projects include an immersive, full-time fieldwork component, outside of the U.S. As students strengthen their consulting and project management skills, they also learn to successfully navigate new business environments and cultures - a prerequisite for success in a globalized economy.

Global Insight Expedition (GIX)

Global Insight Expeditions (GIXs) bring together students and faculty in experiential courses that take place around the world. The aim of GIXs is to help prepare students to lead across cultures by immersing them in a new country. Each begins with classroom sessions on Tuck’s campus. Students then spend March break traveling with a faculty member in a country outside the U.S. During travel, students interact with corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, nonprofits, governments, and local people from different walks of life. After the travel period, students complete a course project.

Since 2015, the Center for Health Care has collaborated with the TIAS School for Business and Society in the Netherlands to create an exchange opportunity for students from both schools to learn more about their host country’s health care system—and shared challenges and opportunities. What started as a simple idea has transformed into a robust health care exchange program for the two schools. Learn more about the Netherlands GIX from the student perspective on the Tuck360 MBA blog.