Full-Time MBA Program

Health Management & Innovation

The Bay Area is home to a diverse and vibrant healthcare industry, with a wide range of opportunity in key areas from biotech and pharma to technology innovation and healthcare delivery to financing and social impact.

With direct connections to major organizations like Kaiser Permanente, Genentech, Sutter Health, Blue Shield of California, and UCSF, as well as relationships with myriad consulting firms, startups and non-profits, Berkeley Haas has developed a reputation as one of the nation’s premier business schools for the study and practice of health management.

Berkeley Haas is a founding member of the Business School Alliance for Health Management, a collaborative organization of business schools committed to the belief that management education, applied to the challenges of healthcare delivery and healthcare innovation, plays a special role in creating new and important solutions. Approximately 15% of the full-time MBA Class of 2019 studies health management and innovation at Berkeley Haas. Our Evening & Weekend and Executive MBA programs both have strong health management presence as well.

Academic Experience

Berkeley Haas offers a variety of courses that allow students to focus their MBA studies in health care, such as Healthcare in the 21st Century, Health Economics, Big Data-Big Experiments, Commercializing Pharma and Biotech, Innovation in Healthcare, Unlocking Digital Health Innovation and Advanced Healthcare Finance. Students may also choose from a number of hands-on learning experiences in the healthcare field. These include courses like International Business Development and Social Sector Solutions, as well as extra-curricular programs like Berkeley Board Fellows and the Berkeley-UCSF Startup Marketplace.

In addition, due to its academic and professional network outside the MBA program, Berkeley Haas is uniquely positioned to connect students with opportunities to develop specialized knowledge within the healthcare field. For example, students are able to take courses at any of Berkeley’s top-ranked schools, such as Berkeley Law, the School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the School of Information. Berkeley Haas also takes advantage of its professional connections to bring in influential health care professionals to share their unique insights with current students.

Recognizing that health care is an inherently interdisciplinary field, Berkeley Haas also partners with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health to offer a 2.5-year MBA/MPH (Master’s in Public Health) concurrent degree program. Founded in 1982, the MBA/MPH program is fully integrated and accepts approximately 20 students per year. Students graduate with both degrees after five semesters, having developed networks at both schools and experienced two summer internships.


Professional Development

Health management and innovation students are recruited by a wide variety of organizations, including consulting firms, insurance plans, care delivery organizations, startups, and companies working in pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, and digital health, including such companies as Gilead, Genentech, Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, and Thrive Networks.

The Career Management Group (CMG) at Berkeley Haas provides specialized services to students entering health-related fields. These resources include professional career coaches, company relationship managers, industry advisors (often alumni in the field), and student peer advisors. Concurrent degree students also have access to career services support in the School of Public Health.

Beyond formal career services, health management and innovation students benefit from the numerous resources available through the Haas Healthcare Association (HHA). One of the most prominent industry clubs at Haas and even across UC Berkeley, HHA provides education and professional development opportunities through programs like health care firm night, alumni networking dinners, speaker series, treks to local companies, and the annual Haas Health Care Conference.

Students are also encouraged to take advantage of Berkeley Haas’ network of health management alumni for mentoring and recruiting. Alumni live all over the world, work in every sector of health care, and include a number of influential leaders such as Joe Jimenez (former CEO of Novartis), Sarah Krevans (CEO of Sutter Health), Jennifer Cook (CEO of Grail), Jennifer Liebermann (Director of KP’s Garfield Innovation Center), Amy Belt Raimundo (Managing Director, KP Ventures), Derek Newell (President of Castlight, formerly CEO of Jiff), Allen Lauer (former CEO and Chairman of Varian), and Albert Lee (co-founder of MyFitnessPal).


Additional Opportunities

Many health management and innovation students also pursue extracurricular activities focused on entrepreneurship and the nonprofit sector. Berkeley Board Fellows and the Haas Impact Investing Network each offer opportunities focused on healthcare, while the incubators and accelerators associated with the larger UC Berkeley campus generally house a variety of healthcare startups.

For more information, please contact Kim MacPherson, MBA/MPH, Berkeley Haas Executive Director of Health Management. To speak with a current health management student, please contact the Haas Healthcare Association.



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