Curriculum

The curriculum prepares the student for leadership and change management roles in the health sector. Whether it is hospital and health systems, physician group practices, world-wide pharmaceutical and device manufactures, managed care plans or other areas in this huge field; students will be prepared for high level employment.

Upon Arrival On Campus

The course work in the health sector begins as soon as the student arrives on campus. One of the first classes you will take is Global Issues Discussions Groups, which is student self-directed on the business of health care. An important part of the course is time spent in the clinical setting to get a first-hand look at the way health care is delivered by real physicians and nurses. We have agreement with the three outstanding health systems in our area to put students every two weeks in a Clinical Experience for a few hours.


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The added clinical experience in BUAD 595 Global Issues Discussions Groups is to prepare students to compete successfully for summer internships by giving them up front, first-hand health sector experience and terminology through regional network of preceptor hospitals and physician offices.

End of First Year

A two-hour core course for the Health Sector POD teaches the financing and delivery of health services in the U.S. The core of the course is how the demand for health services is different from other goods and services, the patterns and determinants of health and illness, and the production and cost functions of hospitals and physician offices. Other topics include access, quality, insurance coverage, workforce, and the role of competition including the way prices are set in public and private markets.

Topics:
  • The foundations of high-performing healthcare organizations including types of ownership, and organizational designs, operations, and strategic issues
  • The functions, people, measures and managerial issues for operational leadership in the health sector
  • Physician organizations, credentialing, negotiating and maintaining physician compensation
  • Payer systems, Medicare, Medicaid, commercial insurance, rules and regulations
Why This Curriculum Design?

Health System Organization, Financing and Performance is placed at this point in the curriculum to prepare students for success in summer internships and to distinguish them from their peers with employers after graduation.

Health Sector Career Acceleration Module (CAM)

The Fall of the Second Year holds the heart of the Health Sector POD with the intensive seminar-based study of the Career Acceleration Module. This is one of two CAMs that full-time MBA students take in their second year. This CAM is a survey of issues in health care focused on (a) providers of healthcare to consumers, (b) suppliers who provide services and products to providers, and (c) financers who pay providers.

The CAM lasts 8 weeks including a number of trips to key Mason Corporate Partners and a capstone trip to the William & Mary Washington Office.

Topics:

  • Healthcare and health sector organization and Leadership
  • Managing Costs, Financing in Delivery
  • Health economics, data analytics and technology
  • Healthcare information systems management in practice
  • Health sector innovation and operations
  • Project management, marketing, entrepreneurship and alternative care environments
  • Health sector law, including patent law, and policy
Electives

There are a number of health sector electives, most notably, Healthcare Informatics and Healthcare Analytics, in addition to the many electives available to all full-time MBA students.

Capstone Strategy Course

The Health Sector POD is viewed as much larger than placing students in leadership positions in hospital and health system settings, but also a pathway to employment in national and multinational corporations serving the global health sector. Thus BUAD 590 Global Competitive Strategy is the capstone to this POD with health sector cases, illustrations, speakers, and content.