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
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
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.
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
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.
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