Health Management

Strengthen Your Leadership in Health Care

Berkeley Haas students and alumni are well represented at the forefront of innovation in the life sciences, biotech, pharmaceuticals, and health care.

They bring to their work a solid foundation in the fundamentals, such as operations, strategy, marketing, and data analysis and have explored the field more deeply with electives such as Biotech & Pharma and Unlocking Digital Innovation in Health Care.

As your schedule allows, you can contribute to the activities organized by the Haas Healthcare Association, including an annual Business of Health Care Conference.

Sample Health Management Coursework

Our elective courses related to  healthcare and biotech change to reflect student interest and emerging trends in those sectors. As your schedule and space permit, you also may enroll in electives in the Full-time MBA Program. Sample electives offered in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program have included:

  • Life Sciences Marketing
  • Unlocking Digital Innovation in Health Care
  • Biotech & Pharmaceuticals

Experiential Learning Opportunities in Health Management

International Business Development  

International Business Development (IBD) explores the issues of doing business in an international context, including a three-week project, typically in a developing economy. Recent clients include the Seva Foundation, Population Services International, and Novartis.

Social Sector Solutions

In Social Sector Solutions, student teams work with McKinsey coaches to develop skills and knowledge in problem solving, management consulting, and nonprofit organizations.  Recent clients include the Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand Foundation, the SF Council on Child Abuse Prevention, and the UCSF/UCB Joint Medical Program.

See the full list of Berkeley MBA experiential learning opportunities.  

Health Management Faculty Spotlight

Kim MacPherson is executive director of Health Management & Innovation at Berkeley Haas, director of the MBA/MPH joint degree program, and co-director of the Berkeley Center for Health Technology. She teaches Unlocking Digital Health Innovation, Commercializing Biotech & Pharma, and Healthcare in the 21st Century.

Related Research Centers

The Berkeley Center for Health Technology (BCHT) promotes the development of a health care system that combines innovation and entrepreneurship with economic efficiency and social fairness. Its efforts focus on biopharmaceuticals, implantable medical devices, insurance benefit design, and payment methods.

The Berkeley-UCSF Startup Marketplace provides Berkeley Haas MBA students the opportunity to work with early-stage science startups developed by UCSF scientists and faculty members.

The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) is a nonprofit research and technology commercialization institute comprising UC Berkeley, UCSF, and UC Santa Cruz.

Health Management Co-Curriculars

The Haas Healthcare Association brings together students focused on the intersection of business and health care. This interdisciplinary student-run organization sponsors a speaker series that examines trends in biotech, pharma, and global health, a digital health hackathon, and the annual Business of Healthcare Conference.

For more than a decade, the Haas Healthcare Conference has welcomed corporate leaders, students, life sciences gurus, digital health entrepreneurs, and public health champions to explore market and industry trends.

Over the course of a seven-month fellowship, the Berkeley Board Fellows build governance and leadership skills. Students have served on the boards of Lifelong Medical Care, Hyde Street Community Services, Huckleberry Youth Programs, and Cancer CAREpoint.

Support for Careers in Health Management

Part-time MBA students who work in health care, biotech, pharmaceuticals, or life sciences sectors can leverage an alumni and peer network that includes leaders at top companies such as Genentech, Gilead Sciences, Kaiser Permanente, and McKinsey.  The experts in our Career Management Group can help you position yourself as a leader for your next career move.

The list of alumni who maintain close relationships with Berkeley Haas and our students includes:

  • Joe Jimenez, former CEO of Novartis
  • Sarah Krevans, CEO of Sutter Health
  • Jennifer Cook, CEO of Grail
  • Jennifer Liebermann, Director of Kaiser Permanente’s Garfield Innovation Center
  • Amy Belt Raimundo, Managing Director of KP Ventures