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Careers in the Health Sector

Impacting Change in Complex Organizations

Thinking creatively about successfully delivering value to patients, the growing cohort of Rotman healthcare graduates are leading change in complex health and life science organizations. Learn about the careers available to Rotman graduates, and what they have to say about this growing sector.

Positions of recent Rotman graduates in the health sector

Business Analyst
Business Development Specialist
Change Management Consultant
Consultant, Commercial Effectiveness
Corporate Accounts Executive
Cost Accounting Manager
Data Analyst
Diabetes Consultant
Director of Operations
EMR Specification Analyst
Engagement Manager
Financial Analyst
Group Director, Science and Technology
Healthcare Consulting - Resume Book
Human Resources Generalist
Key Account Manager
Management Associate
Manager, Financial Operations
Manager, Occupational Health and Safety
Manager, Office of the President & CEO and Governance Affairs
Manager, Process and Policy
Managing Director
Marketing Specialist
Medical Strategy Intern
Practice eAdvisory Consultant
Process Leader
Product Manager
Program Manager
Project Manager
Regional Manager- Practice IT Adoption
Regional Sales Manager
Researcher
Sales and Marketing
Senior Accountant
Senior Business/Research Analyst
Technology Assessment Officer

Organizations in the health sector that have hired Rotman graduates in recent years.

Amgen
AstraZeneca
Baxter
Bayer
Cancer Care Ontario
Deloitte
Eli Lilly Canada, Inc.
Foundation Fighting Blindness
GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
Hoffman La Roche
IMS Brogan
Johnson & Johnson Medical Products
Leo Pharma
MaRs Discovery District
Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Mt. Sinai Hospital
Novartis
Pfizer
Philips Healthcare
Sanofi-Aventis
Secor
SickKids Hospital
St. Elizabeth’s Healthcare
University Health Network
ZS Associates

Testimonials: Our Graduates Have their Say

Mila Banerjee (BSc. MBA'11)Vice President, Advisory Physicians

"Being in a dynamic and changing industry such as Pharmaceutical and Health Care requires that you challenge your thinking and continue to improve your skills and knowledge base in order to bring value to your clients and organization. The Rotman MBA program gave me new tools, ideas, and exposed me to a vast network of great minds. Reading articles is great for information but brainstorming and discussing with brilliant people is my way of challenging and truly expanding. Even after graduating, the opportunities presented by Rotman do not end and I am enjoying alumni events, round tables, and speaker series that allow me to continue my personal growth and adventure."

Poonam Jassi (MBA ’11), Marketing Specialist, We Care Home Health Services

"The Rotman Health Care Sector courses provided me with the opportunity to apply the general strategy and business frameworks learned in core courses to the health care setting. Health care in Canada poses its own unique challenges and dynamics – the specialized courses really helped address and understand these.  I was able to benefit from networking with leading members of the health care community and through an independent study project on commercialization of health related technology, work in a cross functional team with students across University faculties. All of this has enriched my hands on experience in industry, where I manage Marketing and Communications in home health care."

Daniela Calderon (MBA ’10), Inventory Specialist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences

"With a background in Supply Chain and Operations, my MBA at Rotman helped me to enhance my business knowledge and widen my career perspective to other sectors such as healthcare. Working as an Inventory Specialist at Sunnybrook Health Science Center showed me the evolving need that the healthcare sector has to enhance its Supply Chain process to better couple with its budget pressure. The potential savings that improving the supply chain processes can bring are huge and cause a great impact in the healthcare industry."

Matthew Ramenaden (MBA ’10), Strategy and Project Management, Health Quality Ontario

"The Rotman Healthcare MBA provides a grounding in the policy, strategy and transformation issues that Canadian and other health systems clearly need to address, implement and sustain over the next generation. Combined with internship experience and purposeful networking, the Healthcare MBA builds a strong enough platform for someone with no previous healthcare experience to launch a career in the sector.  

If you are planning a career in the public health system, then you will benefit from supplementing your healthcare courses with other electives that will build skills in emotional intelligence and "learning how to learn" – skills you will need to lead change in and across the complex organizations that make up our healthcare system. Fortunately, Rotman offers plenty of choice in its healthcare and multi-purpose electives. 

Last but not least is Rotman's reputation. As part of the University of Toronto, with close connections to government and a strong and growing cohort of healthcare graduates since 2005, Rotman's reputation both helps you launch your career and signals your potential for growth."

Daniel Penello, BSc, MD (MBA ’08), FRCSC, Clinical Fellow, Center for Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery
The Cleveland Clinic

"People are living longer; incisions are getting smaller; treatments are safer and more effective; and medical breakthroughs are constantly making headlines. If health outcomes are better than ever, why have Canadians become so dissatisfied with our health care system? What currently concerns patients is not what our health care system can provide, but rather how that care is provided. Improving the delivery of health care such that the patient journey through our system is as pleasant and satisfying as the health outcomes they enjoy is a formidable challenge, especially in an environment of escalating costs and resource shortages. The Rotman MBA Health Care Major was the perfect complement to my clinical experience as a surgeon. Each course enhanced my knowledge, honed my analytical skills and presented valuable tools and frameworks with which to examine and address the many challenges of healthcare transformation. I now have the tools and experience necessary to help leading hospitals, governments and health care companies develop and execute strategies that will secure a better, healthierhealth care system for all."

Vivian Lo (MBA ‘08), Clinical Management Consultant, Active Health Management, Centric Health Corporation

"People are living longer; incisions are getting smaller; treatments are safer and more effective; and medical breakthroughs are constantly making headlines. If health outcomes are better than ever, why have Canadians become so dissatisfied with our health care system? What currently concerns patients is not what our health care system can provide, but rather how that care is provided. Improving the delivery of health care such that the patient journey through our system is as pleasant and satisfying as the health outcomes they enjoy is a formidable challenge, especially in an environment of escalating costs and resource shortages. The Rotman MBA Health Care Major was the perfect complement to my clinical experience as a surgeon. Each course enhanced my knowledge, honed my analytical skills and presented valuable tools and frameworks with which to examine and address the many challenges of healthcare transformation. I now have the tools and experience necessary to help leading hospitals, governments and health care companies develop and execute strategies that will secure a better, healthierhealth care system for all."

Jennifer Aiello (MBA’08), Associate Manager, Strategic Planning, ColonCancerCheck Program - IM/IT
Cancer Care Ontario

"Healthcare is not only about science and the practice of medicine. It incorporates the management of people, technology and information, and is anchored in the effective understanding and application of policy and planning, management systems, public awareness, and strategy – to name a few. The Rotman MBA Program provided me with the tools, information and Integrative Thinking ability necessary to effectively apply my skills in all of these areas, enabling me to succeed in the health care industry. In my current role at Cancer Care Ontario, I am working on strategic planning for new cancer screening and chronic disease management programs in Ontario. As I complete this work, I appreciate how Rotman heightened my strategic capabilities in research, planning and applying business acumen to targeted opportunities. Rotman was the instrumental starting point where I began to build my professional network and career in health care."

Altaf Kassam (MBA ‘08), Decision Support Consultant, Information Management / e-Health Program
Baycrest Health Centre, Toronto

"The courses offered through the Health Sector Management specialization should be viewed as prerequisites by any student keen on working in the health care sector.  These courses provide a comprehensive understanding of the operational and practical challenges that exist across various elements of today's health care system, with a particular focus around the public health care system (i.e. hospitals). Working with many such institutions, I find myself constantly applying the knowledge and skill set obtained from the Health Sector Management program in my daily activities.  Any student graduating with the Health Sector Management specialization will have the toolkit for an effective, rewarding and successful career in the health care arena."

Jonathan Coyne (MBA ’07)

"The single most critical element in achieving the rate and degree of success I have in my career thus far is the knowledge gleaned from my incredibly productive time in the Rotman MBA program. No other program bridges together the various disciplines of business into one approach to thinking – Integrative Thinking. Thinking integratively across the various functions within my organization has allowed me to bridge the various silos we so often face, leading to improved productivity not only for my organization, but for me personally as well. Unlike MBA programs from most schools, you don’t leave Rotman as a finance major or a marketer: you leave as a business professional. Your ability to grasp the scope of business will pale in comparison to your pre-program abilities, setting you up to lead any number of teams in virtually any organization. My own professional progress has grown by leaps and bounds since graduating from the program, and at a rate that has far exceeded even my wildest expectations.
The ideal MBA program is a trend-setting institution lauded for its investment in research, faculty, and ground-breaking thinking; this is precisely what Rotman does for its valued students and alumni every day. A world-class institution should attract the world’s brightest minds; again, Rotman is the epicenter of business education in Canada and attracts top-notch student talent every year, which only serves to enrich the network, learning and experience of those fortunate enough to granted acceptance into and graduate from the program. When I look back on defining moments in my career, graduating with my MBA from the prestigious Rotman School of Management stands head and shoulders above all else. If you apply to only one MBA program, apply to Rotman; you’ll be glad you did when you leave those hallowed halls a few short years later and embark on a new professional journey that surpasses anything you ever thought possible."

Naveed Masood (MBA ’07), Senior Manager, Bioscience, Baxter Healthcare

"Enrolling in the Health Care Major at Rotman was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  It has enabled me to think creatively about all stakeholder interests in complex hospital organizations.  Leveraging and promoting how other health and life science organizations have successfully delivered value to patients has been an essential part of my decision making; I still refer to case studies from the Health Care Marketing and Core Health Care Management courses."

Serge Masserlian (MBA ’07)Business Unit Director

"The Rotman MBA provided me with sound principles to lead in a highly competitive, ever changing environment. The basis of those principles is the integration of understanding customer needs, strategic decision making, leading people and measuring (financial) results. The Rotman MBA revealed for me unique insights into the interplay between these crucial elements."

Dan Comanici (MBA ’06), Fund/Trust Manager, Mount Sinai Hospital

"Every day I have the opportunity to exercise my skills, knowledge and judgment to provide world-class support within the Finance Department of Mount Sinai Hospital. Bright Minds, Big Hearts, The Best Medicine -- that is Mount Sinai. I count myself fortunate to work here and I know that a big part of my success is due to the Rotman School ,which helped me better understand ‘the most complex form of human organization to be managed’: hospitals, as Peter Drucker once said."

Avinash Sohal  (MBA ’06), Product Manager, Surgical Devices, Covidien, Montreal

"My sole objective in obtaining an MBA was to change my career to Health Care Marketing.  After my internship with Johnson & Johnson Medical Products, focusing on health care strategy courses was a very obvious choice to me.  As a Product Manager for Medical Devices, it’s critical for me not only to manage our technologically-advanced product portfolios but also to understand the complexity of the health care system and its constituents.  As a newcomer to Canada, the Health Care major provided me with a thorough theoretical understanding of the health care system and an appreciation of complexity of marketing medical products together with networking opportunities with a 'who's who' of the industry.  The Health Care Major added major credibility to my resume and has been a key point of discussion in my interviews and interactions with industry representatives."

Michael Hazan (MBA ‘06), Senior Project Manager, Cancer Care Ontario

"Rotman's health care major helped to elucidate many of the aspects of health care that distinguish it from other modern organizations and how best to approach current challenges facing the industry, from the strategic to the tactical. While the base curriculum including finance, accounting and marketing has proved invaluable in my career to date, the integration of these areas with healthcare has positioned me with a unique skill set within the field. Further, the Rotman health care program is well known and respected within Toronto and the surrounding area, providing a number of opportunities for graduates of the program."

Patrick J. Fowler (MBA ’06), Principal, Corporate Development, Genzyme Corporation 

"The Rotman MBA program was instrumental in solidifying a career in corporate development at Genzyme.  Rotman's robust, challenging and comprehensive curriculum combined with instructor interaction and the Integrative Thinking curriculum provided the skill set necessary to excel in the assessment of potential M&A target firms, build support across the organization, negotiate transaction structures, and manage the integration process post acquisition.  Furthermore, Toronto's growing biotechnology sector -- exemplified by the annual BioFinance conference and the MaRS Discovery District within close proximity to the Rotman campus -- offer numerous opportunities for MBA students to get involved in the community and expand their reach within the industry."

Ning Li (MBA ’06), Former Business Analyst, Mount Sinai Hospital

"As a business analyst at Mount Sinai Hospital, I was recognized for my advanced financial modeling and presentation skills, which I proudly gained from my MBA experience at Rotman. The intensive courses and cohesive team work environment has not only enhanced my academic knowledge but also brought me up to speed in adapting to the Canadian business environment."

Lisa Milgram (MBA ’04), PMP, Cancer Care Ontario

"While health care practitioners are becoming more specialized in their domains, administrators and planners are facing ever-changing and multi-dimensional challenges that require in-depth understanding of stakeholder needs and an integrative approach to decision-making. The Rotman MBA provided me with the tools to strengthen my analytic, communication, and strategic thinking skills to successfully execute projects, enhance the power of information, and ultimately, improve the health care system."

Adam Siskind (MBA ’02)Associate Principal, ZS Associates

"At ZS Associates, I consult to many of the providers in the health care industry, including pharmaceutical, biotech and medical products and services companies. Our clients require that we bring to them a combination of business acumen and analytical rigor that is often overlooked, but crucial in the health care industry.  This ensures that our clients can provide their customers, including patients, physicians, payers and other health care professionals, valuable therapeutic information and products that will maximize care for all Canadians. The Rotman MBA provided me with a strong basis for the skill set required to successfully service our clients and increase the size of our Canadian office five-fold since 2002."

Rob Bruchet (MBA ’00), Director - Established Products Portfolio, Established Products Business Unit
Pfizer Canada Inc.

"One of the most challenging aspects to working at a research-based pharmaceutical company is integrating our medications into Canada's complex health care system in a way that cost-effectively benefits patients, health care professionals, health care institutions, researchers, employers, and governments.  My Rotman MBA has given me many skills that help me and my company develop solutions that seek to meet the needs of the various players in the health system."

Martin H. Hsiao, Ph.D. (Biochemistry) (MBA '99) CEO and Founder, Middleland Sensing Technology, Inc.

"Right after I got my Ph.D. degree in Life Science, I made an important decision: to enter the Rotman MBA program. I was able to move from a research scientist to a business decision maker in my biotech career and later on, to start my own biotech company."

Neil Aubuchon (MBA ’98), Senior Director and Chief Marketing Officer, Eli Lilly Japan

"My Rotman MBA has provided me with the tools to succeed in the health care industry, along with the foundational business knowledge necessary to compete successfully with MBAs from top U.S. schools within my own company (including graduates from Kellogg, the University of Chicago, Duke and others.)  The more I participate in this industry, the more I realize that Rotman has equipped me with the tools to ensure success."

Ron Riesenbach, BSc, MSc (MBA '92), P.Eng, CPHIMS-CA, Vice President of Emerging Business
Ontario Telemedicine Network

"Even now, after more than 15-years since completing my part-time MBA, I look back and marvel at how my career was shaped by my studies. It wasn't just the excellent faculty, or their forward thinking research. It wasn't just the expansive course curriculum, the case-based learning methodology or the world-class guest lecturers.  What particularly stands out in my mind is how my fellow students contributed to my education. These nurses, engineers, financial analysts, architects and entrepreneurs each brought a unique perspective to our courses. As we studied together during the evening classes and the weekend workshops, the course material came alive through the lens of different professional viewpoints. We learned to take the time to look at a problem in diverse ways, levering our different perspectives and professional experience. I continue to employ these skills every day in my career as an eHealth executive. My MBA gave a wonderful start to my career, teaching me not just management theory and practice, but also the skill of working collaboratively and effectively in interdisciplinary teams."

Stephen D. Murphy (MBA ’91), HIA, FICBI/T Manager - Event Management System
Leveraged Application Systems Area, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina (BCBSSC)

"After working in the field of Information Technology for a large Canadian chartered bank for a number of years and also serving as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, I was able to finally take advantage of a unique career opportunity with Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina in 1999. The knowledge that I gained through the Rotman MBA program, coupled with strong strategic thinking and people skills learned through case studies and team work, enabled me to move forward with confidence in applying my knowledge and skills to the U.S. health insurance industry. The Rotman MBA is without a doubt one of the premier business degrees in North America and prepares graduates to quickly adapt to the challenges of the marketplace. This is especially important given the healthcare insurance reform bill currently before the U.S. Congress and the potential implications this will hold for private insurers such as Blue Cross if and when the legislation is passed."

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