Curriculum

Preparing business leaders to shape the future of health care.


Traditional health care education programs perpetuate the fragmented nature of the industry; for example, physicians and financial managers with conventional degrees often don’t understand each other’s business. To create real change, managers must fully grasp how all of the pieces of the health care puzzle fit together, and how each decision affects the entire system. The Vanderbilt Health Care MBA program provides a unique insight into this complex world through a blend of solid business basics plus experiential and integrative learning.

Students complete the Vanderbilt Health Care MBA program in two years by fulfilling the MBA core requirements, along with the requirements for a traditional MBA concentration in addition to the Health Care specialization.  

The MBA Core

Because effective managers in all sectors of health care need solid grounding in management disciplines, Health Care MBA students take a set of core courses emphasizing business fundamentals. The core curriculum equips Vanderbilt students with exceptional analytical, strategic thinking and teamwork skills.

A Focused Functional Concentration

Health Care MBA students select from one of the following concentrations: Accounting, Finance, General Management, Human and Organizational Performance, Marketing, Operations or Strategy.

The Health Care Industry Specialization

To earn the Health Care specialization, students complete a rigorous curriculum that requires more health care courses than other programs of its kind. In addition, the innovative seven-week modular framework allows students the flexibility to take a variety of health care electives.


Asad Hamed Asad Hameed
MBA 2011
Hospital Administration Intern
Methodist Hospital

The most memorable class for me has to be Health Care Law and Regulation, where Congressman Cooper provided us with up-to-date developments in health care reform. Quite often we would know more about the future developments in Washington before the media outlets. Having a serving Congressman—who is deeply involved in health care reform—at a moment in time where reform was at the forefront of the industry, was an invaluable opportunity.