Boston University Health Sector Management Program (MBA)


Health Sector Issues and Opportunities.

Explores health care delivery and life sciences with a purposeful introduction to innovation space within health sector.  Faculty:  tenured professors and Executives in Residence.


Bench to Bedside.

Translating biomedical innovation from the laboratory to the marketplace (Students include both MBA and non-MBA from engineering or medical school). Faculty: Executive in residence. 


Health Sector Consulting.

Consulting projects in the healthcare field. Faculty: Tenured professor.

This is an applied consulting project course. Students enrolled in this course will be divided into teams of 4 students during the first class; the assignment of teams is largely dependent upon having a shared interest in one of the number of prospective consulting projects. Each team will select from a pre-designated list of business development-strategy-marketing consulting projects. Projects in the past have ranged from developing an international pricing strategy for the introduction of a new product by Genzyme to providing a marketing plan for a web-based entrepreneurial venture (a medical website targeted toward providing health care clinicians with products, services and information related to electromyography) to developing a strategy for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to maintain the loyalty of their referring physicians . Client companies/organizations have requested these projects, are paying the school for the privilege of having an MBA team, and are covering all expenses associated with the projects. In return, they anticipate receiving a consulting report from the student team at the end of the semester. The deliverables for this assignment are the consulting report as well as a 30 minute in-class presentation followed by a 10 minute question-and-answer period. The team may also be asked by the client to make a presentation to the client?s management. These projects constitute a way to apply what you are learning in the MBA program to a real health sector management situation; an opportunity to gain experience and broaden your familiarity with health sector organizations with which you have had little or no direct experience; a way for local, regional, and national health sector organizations to benefit from your expertise and hard work in solving a management problem; and a continuing linkage of the Boston University MBA and Health Sector Management Programs to the health sector community.


Drugs, Devices, and Diagnostics: New Challenges, Strategies, and Execution.

Course explores innovation in life sciences field.  Faculty: Executive in Residence. 


Health Service Delivery: Strategy, Solutions and Execution.

Course explores innovation in health services.  Faculty: Tenured professor.


Idea Lab.

Experiential intensive course with healthcare focus and a multi-stage innovation tournament.   Faculty: Tenured professor.


India Field Seminar.

Two week intensive field-based study of healthcare delivery and life sciences within the context of India. Innovation in emerging market context. Students include MPH as well as MBA candidates. Faculty: Executive in Residence. 


Leading the Mission-Driven Organization.

Focus on change efforts and strategies to innovation in large and small organizations (several of which are healthcare organizations). Faculty: Executive in Residence.


Leading the Mission-Driven Organization.

Year long course offered at College of Engineering.  In fall, students work with physicians/scientists at BMC to identify problems and develop engineering solutions. In the spring, students develop commercialization plan. MBA students join the course for the spring semester and work with ENG students to develop final plans. Faculty: Tenured professors and Executives in Residence.


Advanced Topics in Biomedical Engineering.

Not part of MBA curriculum. This course is a 4th year elective for BU Medical School students. Residents do a 4-week directed study in entrepreneurship – working with existing start-up or new idea in health sector with focus on innovation/commercial side of medicine.  Faculty: Executive in Residence. 


Health Care Entrepreneurship.

ENG and MBA students work together to develop commercialization plans for BU Office of Technology Development (most of which are in the health sector). Faculty: Executives in Residence.


Strategies for Bringing Technology to Market.

ENG and MBA students work together to develop commercialization plans for BU Office of Technology Development (most of which are in the health sector). Faculty: Executives in Residence.


Engineering and Management Commercialization Collaboration.

This is a student-driven extra-curricular initiative in which graduate level students from the College of Engineering and the School of Management collaborate to commercialize new technologies that serve the health care needs at the “bottom of the pyramid”.  Recent initiatives have focused on urgent care at rural clinics in Africa and the detection of substandard and counterfeit medication in underdeveloped markets.