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Concentration in Healthcare Management

Make A Difference Along with challenging coursework and diverse and meaningful work experiences, our MS in Finance/MBA for Healthcare Management creates promising employment opportunities. And, it provides all the tools you need to rise to the top and make a difference in this thriving, ever-evolving industry.

"I am a firm believer that the healthcare industry is one of the most rewarding and exciting fields in our society. Healthcare needs strong business minds and the D’Amore-McKim Healthcare Concentration will put students in a great position to make a real difference in the world."
MATT BUTLER, MBA'16
Senior Analyst, Accenture

Allow Yourself to Make Twice the Difference in Healthcare with this Dual Degree

There is an incredible opportunity in healthcare for those who can rise to the occasion with the perfect balance of critical thinking and real world experience. And you will be ready with our MS in Finance/MBA and a concentration in Healthcare Management.

In our program, you will gain the skills to become an innovative leader in an increasingly complex, growing, and transformative industry. No matter what sector of the industry you choose for your future career, you will be at the forefront. Courses in health informatics, healthcare supply chain, and healthcare systems engineering are taught by faculty with international recognition for cutting-edge research on issues central to improving the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of healthcare services and in healthcare management.

Finally, you’ll get a chance to test-drive that practical toolkit in an exciting arena: a paid corporate residency with a company whose mission matches your career interests. You’ll help a real corporate team make better decisions based on data, building confidence and experience in the process. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that distinguishes D’Amore-McKim from other schools—and will distinguish you from other business graduates.


Program Details

To earn a Healthcare Management concentration for the Full-Time MS in Finance/MBA, students must complete the 16 credits of MBA core curriculum, corporate residency, and 12 credit hours from the healthcare coursework listed below. You will also complete 24 credits from the finance curriculum, and 15 elective credits of which 3 must be experiential in nature and 6 will be from courses offered at other schools and colleges at Northeastern to ensure that you graduate prepared to meet the interdisciplinary needs of businesses today.

The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Please monitor for updates.

Required Healthcare Management MBA Courses Details

The American Healthcare System

Covers the organization, financing, and outcomes of the U.S. healthcare system. Studies opportunities and challenges to improve the cost and quality of healthcare and expand adequate coverage to all. Non–health informatics students may be able to take the course with permission of the program director.

3 credits

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Health Organization Management

Covers key issues and introduces management principles in health organization management. Offers students an opportunity to apply important theoretical ideas, such as systems thinking and organizational learning, to meet challenges effectively, to learn how the healthcare workplace functions, and how to manage in these workplaces. Emphasizes case-based learning, critical thinking, and evidence-based management using individual and group projects. Introduces cutting-edge tools in areas such as work redesign, performance management, brand enhancement, and quality improvement. Addresses the management imperatives of today’s healthcare organizations and how to implement strategies and programs to meet those imperatives effectively. Intended for anyone interested in working or managing within the healthcare industry, including the field of public health.

3 credits

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Strategic Management for Healthcare Organizations

Offers students an opportunity to understand general business strategy concepts as they relate to the healthcare industry. Explores how to analyze market opportunities and challenges as they apply to various healthcare organizations, such as hospitals, physician organizations, and nursing homes. Presents and discusses analytical frameworks for making strategic decisions, drawing on different disciplines, including economics, management, and psychology. Strategic issues include mergers and acquisitions, vertical integration, joint ventures and alliances, performance-control systems, and organizational design.

3 credits

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Select 3 Credits From the Following: Details

Managing Healthcare Supply Chain Operations

Examines concepts and topics related to the design and management of supply chain operations in the healthcare sector. Focuses on activities and functions such as inventory control, order fulfillment, logistics, procurement, managing processes, relationship management, and information technology systems. Introduces various tools and techniques that enhance effective supply chain operations in healthcare organizations.

3 credits

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Healthcare Finance

Implements financial management and economic principles to analyze real-world healthcare issues. Emphasizes and encourages problem solving and creative thinking through the use of texts, cases, and models of the healthcare industry. Students are exposed to financial, managerial, and risk management strategies unique to the healthcare industry.

3 credits

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Recommended Elective Courses Details

Business of Healthcare Informatics

Focuses on the business practices relating to health information technology. Includes departmental design and management, capital and operating budgets, the budget planning process, and infrastructure design and strategic planning. Other topics include evaluation of vendors, vendor selection, clinical administration systems, and the design and management of integrated delivery networks.

3 credits

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Consumer Behavior

Focuses on the consumer as the key element of marketing strategy and application. Explores demographic, lifestyle, social, and cultural trends and their impact on consumer attitudes, motivations, and behavior. Other topics include group dynamics, family, learning, personality, and emotions and their impact on the business world. Offers an in-depth look at the consumer decision process as a model to guide the planning and evaluation of marketing strategies.

3 credits

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Creation and Application of Medical Knowledge

Explores the relationship between clinical data and clinical knowledge and how both are developed and deployed in organizations to support improvements in patient care and research. Topics covered include what medical data is available and how it should be accessed, analyzed, and organized to support evidence-based medicine and research. Analyzes current and future approaches to clinical decision support and expert system development and how they can be deployed via new or existing knowledge-management infrastructures.

3 credits

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Evaluating Healthcare Quality

Focuses on the conceptual and methodological foundations for evaluating the quality of care of healthcare providers—both individual providers and healthcare organizations. Aimed at students pursuing careers in public health, public policy, healthcare management, and the various health professions in the growing field of quality evaluation and improvement. Also designed to give healthcare providers an appreciation for how they may be evaluated. Examines scientific issues in the measurement of quality of care as well as key quality evaluation methods. Also covers the use of risk adjustment and other methodologies for comparing the quality of healthcare providers. Focuses on mechanisms that assess quality, including licensure, accreditation, and board certification.

3 credits

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Healthcare Finance

Implements financial management and economic principles to analyze real-world healthcare issues. Emphasizes and encourages problem solving and creative thinking through the use of texts, cases, and models of the healthcare industry. Students are exposed to financial, managerial, and risk management strategies unique to the healthcare industry.

3 credits

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Leadership

Built on the premise that everyone is capable of leadership. Exposes students to a series of alternative perspectives of leadership, including some contemporary collaborative models. From careful consideration of these perspectives, as well as from practicing them using the course’s experiential methods, students have an opportunity to build a personal model of leadership upon which they can expand as they continue to develop as leaders.

3 credits

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Managing Healthcare Healthcare Supply Chain Operations

Examines concepts and topics related to the design and management of supply chain operations in the healthcare sector. Focuses on activities and functions such as inventory control, order fulfillment, logistics, procurement, managing processes, relationship management, and information technology systems. Introduces various tools and techniques that enhance effective supply chain operations in healthcare organizations.

3 credits

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Marketing in the Service Sector

Provides students with knowledge of management needs and techniques associated with the service sector of the economy. Includes understanding the differences between goods and service marketing, and how these differences influence marketing strategy and the tactical design of marketing mix variables. Assists in understanding the difference between tangible goods and services, differences in the consumer evaluation process between goods and services, special marketing problems created by the differences between goods and services, and strategies that address the unique problems in service marketing.

3 credits

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Negotiations

Designed to improve students’ understanding of the negotiations process and their ability to plan and conduct negotiations effectively. Includes such class activities as readings, lectures, and discussions as well as case discussions and role-playing negotiation exercises.

3 credits

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Seminar in U.S. Health Policy and Management

Introduces issues surrounding U.S. health policy and management. Focuses on aspects of the Affordable Care Act and more recent reform efforts and analyzes the history, causes, and consequences of U.S. health system change over the past several decades. Emphasizes learning about the organization, financing, and delivery aspects of the present system including quality, health innovation, patient engagement, value-based reimbursement, and health workforce evolution. Introduces students to organizational, economic, and sociological theories for studying the healthcare system. Offers students an opportunity to apply course learning in practical ways. Designed to be of particular interest to doctoral students and advanced master’s degree students wanting to study and work in healthcare.

3 credits

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Social Entrepreneurship

Designed to provide students with an in-depth exposure to entrepreneurship in the social sector, a rapidly growing segment of the global economy. Uses the case method to expose students to leading entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented business models to solve social problems such as extreme poverty, disease, illiteracy, and economic and social dislocation. Focuses on uniquely creative and driven people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in the lives of others through values-based entrepreneurship.

3 credits

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Is a Concentration in Healthcare Management Right for You?

If you see yourself emerging as a truly different person, the answer is yes. If you imagine a future where you can have a meaningful, relevant impact on the world of business, the answer is yes. If you’re ready to join people who think like you, now is the time to accelerate your career with our Full-Time MS in Finance/MBA program.

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