MBA - Industry Focus Electives - Healthcare


Darden’s case method teaching style and general management curriculum equip students to think creatively and strategically about current and emerging issues in the health care industry.

In the First Year, Darden teaches students core managerial concepts in operations, strategy, finance, leadership and ethics. In the Second Year, students are encouraged to explore their own interests, pursuing opportunities that enable them to apply their understanding of business to the changing landscape of the health care industry.

Darden graduates are prepared to lead in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology and health services sectors as well as in health-care related pursuits in consulting, banking, venture capital and entrepreneurship.


Please note: courses are subject to change each year. Consult the course directory for the most up-to-date course offerings.

  • For-Credit Projects


    During the Second Year of the MBA program students can design a project (known as a Darden Business Project) and earn course credit. Here are two examples of projects completed by students with an interest in health care:

    • Quality Management and Process Improvement in a Healthcare Setting: Emergency Department and Overcrowding - This project focused on the activities of a process improvement team, the core set of process improvement tools used by the team and how the team functions as part of a holistic quality management philosophy.
    • Helping the Elderly: Establishing a Private Medical Practice - This project researched the various business factors involved in establishing a private medical practice.


  • Health Care Dual Degrees


    The University of Virginia has one of the top medical schools and health care systems in the country. Darden has three health care dual degrees:

    • MBA/MD
    • MBA/MPH
    • MBA/MSN
  • Organizations of Interest


    • The Darden Health Care Club is committed to providing career search support and networking opportunities in the health care field, as well as providing members with various opportunities to learn more about the important issues unique to this dynamic industry.
    • The Institute for Business in Society (IBiS) is a Darden Center of Excellence that aims to be a leading global catalyst and convener of thought, information and action at the interface of business and society, and to promote the development of leaders who positively impact society through business. IBiS supports research and teaching initiatives in the health-care space, as well as interdisciplinary University events surrounding health care and the life sciences.


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Paul Matherne

Dammann Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Associate Chief Medical Officer, University of Virginia Children's Hospital