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Health Sector Management

Driving Excellence In Healthcare Management

Healthcare in Canada is a $200B sector and Canada’s largest employer. It's a growing sector with unique management challenges. The Major in Health Sector Management provides you with the expertise to pursue a career in this vital sector.

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A huge sector in all industrialized economies, healthcare is an area with significant management challenges. The Health Sector Management emphasis focuses on management in health care delivery systems, competition, and regulation in the global pharmaceutical industry; healthcare innovation; and management consulting.

For additional information on what we offer students interested in careers in healthcare and life sciences please visit the Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy website:


For information on our Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences, our MBA for working professionals customized for the global healthcare & life sciences sector:

Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences


For information on our MD/MBA combined Degree Program:

Joint Degrees

Subjects you will study include:

  • Business strategies in the current pharmaceutical industry and surrounding health and life sciences ecosystem
  • Major players and institutions in the pharmaceutical sector
  • Craft and process of management consulting in the health sector
  • Models of health innovation in Canada and globally
  • Mapping the Canadian health sector (with comparisons to other industrialized countries)
  • Healthcare Financing, Incentives and Value-Based Care
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Performance management, governance, and control
  • Organizational redesign and system integration

Research insights from our faculty:

Avi Goldfarb 

Professor Avi Goldfarb

"Canadian Study Shows Low Incident of False Positive Test Results from Rapid Antigen Tests”

The study, published in JAMA, an international peer-reviewed general medical journal, showed the overall rate of false-positive results among the total rapid antigen test screens for SARS-CoV-2 was very low.

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Anita McGahan 

Professor Anita McGahan

“Study Examines the most effective COVID-19 control policies”

Which COVID policies are most effective? A new study examines the effectiveness of COVID-19 control policies in 40 jurisdictions including countries and U.S. states.

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Requirements to complete

You must successfully complete three of the following core courses:

Core courses

RSM 2020

Health Sector Strategy & Organization

RSM 2017

Pharmaceutical Strategy

RSM 2059

Healthcare and Life Sciences Consulting: Field Application Project (previously Health Systems Consulting)

RSM 2085 (previously 2083)

Healthcare Innovation

It is also recommended that students in this emphasis choose other courses from the following selection:

RSM 2012


RSM 2013

Creative Destruction Lab

RSM 2054

Technology Strategy

RSM 2061

Strategic Networks

RSM 2081

Social Entrepreneurship

RSM 2301

Financial Management

RSM 2405

Supply Chain Management

RSM 2407

Service Operations Management

RSM 2516

Design Research and Data Storytelling

RSM 2522

Marketing & Behavioural Economics

RSM 2524

Business Design Practicum

RSM 2530

Creativity and Business Innovation

RSM 2601

Organizational Design

RSM 2609

Aligning People and Strategy

RSM 2620

Leading Teams

RSM 2709

Business Design and Innovation Immersion Tour


An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Challenges


Global to Local Projects


Recommended courses offered by other University of Toronto Faculties (Please note that space availability varies and enrolment is not guaranteed):

IHPME (Institute for Health Policy, Management & Evaluation)*

*One course on the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation list may count as one of the three courses required to complete the emphasis with permission from Coordinator

In the Master of Health Informatics program

MHI2001 Fundamentals of Health Informatics

Karim Keshavjee / Aviv Shachak


MHI2012 Introduction to Big Data for Health

Morgan Lim / David Kirsch


MHI2018 Knowledge Management & Systems

Karim Keshavjee


In the Health Services Research program

HAD5760 Advanced Health Economics & Policy Analysis

Audrey Laporte


In the MHSc – Health Administration program

HAD5736 Operations Research: Tools for Quantitative Health Care Decision Making

Mike Carter and Dionne Aleman


HAD5765 Case Studies in Health Policy

Raisa Deber


HAD5713H Introduction to Health Information Systems

Mark Fam


In the SLI program – System, Leadership & Innovation


HAD400H-F3 Innovation in Integrated Health and Social Care: Principles and Practice (reading course)

Geoff Anderson


HAD2008 Human Factors, Strategy, and Innovation Leadership

Abi Sriharan


HAD2003H Leading and Responding to Health Policy and System Change

Geoff Anderson


HAD2002H Research Methods for Evaluating Health System Innovation

Pre-Requisite:  HAD2003H Leading and Responding to Health Policy and System Change

Geoff Anderson


HAD2007 Leading Health Systems Innovation and Transformation

Abi Sriharan and Terry Sullivan


BTC 2030HS

Management of Technological Innovation ++

MMI 1070H

Economics of Business Strategy+++

MMI 1090H

Technology, Strategy & Policy+++

MIE 561H1

Health Care Systems (in Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering)


* Experimental Course

+ If student would like a course in this list to count toward the emphasis in Health Sector Management (i.e. replace a Core Course) approval is needed by the Coordinator; course projects must be in the Health Sector

++ Part of UofT Mississauga Masters in Biotechnology Program

+++ Part of UofT Mississauga Master of Management of Innovation program


Career Paths for Health Sector Management

This emphasis is relevant for those students who expect to be managing in or operating for-profit or not-for-profit organizations in the health care sector. This may include positions in consulting, hospital administration, government, medical devices, bio-pharma, insurance, new ventures, and venture capital and finance.

Rotman grads working in healthcare

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Hamza Sajjad, Customer Success Manager, Digital Surgery Solutions, Johnson & Johnson

A healthcare leader with a diverse background spanning many industries

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Joëlle Lavoie, Business Development Manager, CAN Health Network

Helping Canadian innovators scale their technologies nationally and beyond 

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Flexible Internship Program

The Rotman Full-Time MBA Program provides a unique opportunity for students to integrate and apply management knowledge gained within the program through a 4-month internship. Students are required to complete the course “Applied Management: Placement” in conjunction with a work placement which may be done in the Summer, Fall or Winter terms. Depending on their academic area of concentration/major and career objectives, students will be guided on the best work term option to secure a placement with an employer. Throughout their work placement, students will benefit from enhanced communication with their host employers, tracking of project deliverables and feedback from faculty supervisors.

Companies that have recruited at Rotman

A selection of companies where Rotman MBA graduates have worked in recent years:

Healthcare companies

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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
Sales and Marketing
Senior Accountant
Senior Business/Research Analyst
Technology Assessment Officer

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