Program Schedule

The unique schedule of the Vanderbilt Master of Management in Health Care program assures the highest quality educational experience without disrupting your job responsibilities or the day-to-day operations of sponsoring organizations. Over a one-year period, you will participate in core business courses one night a week, attend intensive health care industry-specific courses one weekend per month and work in teams on a health care capstone project throughout the program.

Vanderbilt’s Master of Management in Health Care 30-credit hour curriculum includes

  • 12 credit hours in management fundamentals,
  • 12 credit hours focused on application of management fundamentals to the health care industry, and a
  • 6-credit-hour capstone project and leadership development program

Master of Management in Health Care Curriculum at a Glance


Business fundamentals. Health care specifics.

30 credit hours / six eight-week modules

Management Core
12 credits / 1 night per week
The Management Core includes six graduate-level management courses that provide the solid business foundation upon which the health care industry-specific courses build. These modules are taught by the same professors who teach in the world-class Vanderbilt MBA programs. Owen’s faculty members offer both theoretical and practical knowledge across comprehensive business disciplines.

Health Care Industry Courses
12 credits / 1 weekend per month
In tandem with the general management courses, six intensive Health Care Industry Courses ensure a solid health care platform. You will be challenged to apply the core management disciplines so that you are equipped to manage profitable, innovative health care programs and services. Senior leaders and managers from provider organizations partner with Owen faculty to provide the pragmatic insight required for these courses.

Capstone Project and Leadership Development Program
6 credits / Concurrent with one-year program
The Capstone Project and Leadership Development Program are immersion components that tie the curriculum together, enabling you to apply your new knowledge to a real health care business problem while honing your leadership ability. The sequence is comprised of the four-credit Capstone Project plus the two-credit Leadership Development Program.

The Capstone Project engages students on a project of significant importance to a sponsoring organization. With faculty oversight, you must demonstrate rigorous application of business concepts and disciplines. Your team is responsible for diagnosing the critical problem, defining an appropriate scope of work, managing institutional expectations and producing a suitable recommendation in both written and presentation form.

The Leadership Development Program frames the Capstone Project, offering individual assessment and planning prior to the team project, application of new leadership techniques throughout the project and reflection and evaluation as the project commences. With access to best-of-class diagnostic tools, used by executives in Fortune 500 companies, and personalized executive coaching, you will develop the skills to manage more effectively in health care organizations.