The Darden Health Care Club is committed to providing career search support and networking opportunities in the health care field. In addition, we aim to provide our members with various opportunities to learn more about the important issues unique to this dynamic industry.
- Educate the Darden Community about the health care industry and current trends affecting the sector.
- Assist Darden Health Care Club members in developing the knowledge and skills needed to fulfill their job search goals.
- Provide networking opportunities for club members with other students, faculty and industry professionals.
The Darden Health Care Club is a student-led and -run organization at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. The Health Care Club is composed of a diverse group of students from the Darden School who share a common interest in all health-care-related industries.
First Year students who want some brushing up on health care issues: Take a look at the quick refresher, a presentation that briefs you on drug development, blockbuster manag
ement and managed care. Also, please look at our resources section for more information.
Become a Member
If you are interested in health care services, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices or life-science-focused venture capital, consulting and investment banking, membership in the Darden HCC will help you learn more about this exciting business. For membership information, contact us.
Health Care Functional Areas
Brand & Product Management
The quintessential general managers and brand and product managers act as the glue that binds a product team. They often work in matrix organizations and are concerned with project timelines, goals and coordination. A firm grasp of marketing, finance and operations is usually required.
Business development professionals often solicit and negotiate deals involving the licensing of potential products. In their analysis, they couple rigorous financial modeling with a scientific understanding of the business’s product or services.
Consultants to this industry can focus on sectors (e.g., pharmaceuticals, biotech) or functionalities (e.g., sales & marketing, finance) and can also be broad strategists. The roles will vary considerably depending on the focus. At minimum, expect to ramp up quickly with sector-specific knowledge for a given project.
Financial analysts provide robust support to product teams. Working with market research, they establish appropriate discount rates and estimate future cash flows for project evaluation. Analysts can also work for the investment arm of a corporation for its pension funds, and so on.
Market researchers provide supportive analyses to other divisions of the company. Market sizing, forecasting and segmenting are fundamentals. Many departments also incorporate a substantial amount of primary research.
Supply Chain Management
Can we match supply and demand? Supply chain management seeks to ensure proper inventory management and coordination with production to meet drug demand. Other functions include streamlining therapeutic distribution and management in hospitals.
"Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization's contracts, acts or omissions."