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Rotman’s Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences

18 months. Four countries. Add a global perspective to your healthcare or life sciences management career. This unique healthcare and life sciences focused MBA weaves together thought leadership, practical education and hands-on experience. Build the expertise you need to reshape your organization, and explore opportunities worldwide.

Driving excellence in healthcare and the life sciences

The pace of change in healthcare and the life sciences is accelerating, creating a demand for professionals who can navigate the strategic, technological, social, economic and political, currents that are changing the face of this $8-trillion global industry.

"It is simply a fact that you have to search far and wide for inspirational and innovative solutions to some of the problems that you have in your own backyard."

— Stacey Daub | President and CEO, Headwaters Health Care Centre

Gain the leadership edge you need for an industry where the frontiers are always advancing. Designed for working professionals, and offered by one of the world’s pre-eminent universities, this 18-month program will transform the way you think, lead and drive healthcare and life sciences innovations internationally.

What is the value of an MBA to those in healthcare and the life sciences?

Program overview

The program brings together professionals from across the full healthcare and life sciences value chain. Gain the broad perspective an integrative expertise you need to reshape your own organization and create patient value.

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Who should consider the program

Candidates are mid-to-senior level professionals from industry, providers and service delivery organizations, consulting firms, public agencies, science, and payers in the healthcare and life sciences sector around the world who seek to advance their leadership careers.

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Global Campus

Gain an international perspective with onsite modules in Toronto, the San Francisco Bay area, Singapore and London, UK and area, along with online learning. The curriculum is designed for you to examine what’s possible ‘at home’ — wherever your home is — by learning from other systems.

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Program schedule and delivery

18 months. 4 countries. Centred on the full sector, the program is designed to link the traditional silos of healthcare and the life sciences, and teaches why and how you can create patient value and system strength by integrating across boundaries, both within and across organizations, regions and countries.

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Faculty and research

Learn from the world’s leading business thinkers. Rotman brings together expertise from across the healthcare and the life sciences value chain.

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Admissions Events

We host a regular schedule of on-campus and online information sessions and sample classes to help you get to know our program.

Who should apply

The Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences programs will change the way you think, network and do business in some of the world's key markets. The program attracts professionals from industry, care providers, service delivery organizations, consulting firms, public agencies, the sciences and payers in the healthcare and life sciences sectors around the world.

"Not only will you apply best practices from various healthcare systems and global life science companies, you will expand your leadership potential in order to improve healthcare from within."
— Nate Myers, GEMBA-HLS '20, Director, Strategy & Business Planning, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare
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Admission requirements

The program is designed for professionals from the healthcare and life sciences sector around the world who seek to advance their leadership careers.

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Financing your MBA

The program strives to recruit the best candidates, and is committed to helping you support your education by providing you with a broad range of financial options.

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Admissions Events

We host a regular schedule of on-campus and online information sessions and sample classes to help you get to know our program.

Leadership in healthcare and the life sciences

The 18-month Global Executive MBA in Healthcare and the Life Sciences program offers an innovative curriculum that combines core management skills and practical engagement with deep self-development insights and strategic know-how, all designed for sector.

Travelling to four cities - Toronto, Canada, the San Francisco Bay area, USA, Singapore and London, UK and area - students engage with companies and institutions who are leaders in their areas. You will be exposed to the opportunities and challenges in all areas of healthcare and the life sciences, and ideas that are radically changing the way healthcare is delivered.

Think of the program as a multi-dimensional personal transformation, preparing you to do great things for the future business of healthcare.
Atif Zia, GEMBA-HLS '20 | President, Novocol Pharma
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Program schedule & delivery

18 months. 4 countries. The program is delivered in a blended model, with unparalleled peer-to-peer real-world learning.

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Faculty and research

Learn from the world’s leading business thinkers. Rotman brings together expertise from across the healthcare and the life sciences value chain.

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Global campus

Experience a career transformation that takes you around the world. Delivered over 18 months, the program travels to 4 cities and will give you the leadership edge you need to drive healthcare and life sciences innovation internationally.

Unlock your full potential

Gain the leadership edge you need to bridge the silos in healthcare and the life sciences.

The program will transform your strategic and operational capabilities while giving you the practical tools, creative insights and hands-on experience you need to accelerate your journey global leadership. 

After graduation, you will gain access to the powerful alumni networks of the University of Toronto and the Rotman School, and benefit from lifelong career support.  

"Rotman has done a tremendous and deliberate job in developing a network with all stakeholders in the care ecosystem. As a student and future leader, you will benefit from leveraging that network."

Heather Chalmers | President and CEO, GE Canada, MBA '04, Rotman School of Management

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Career Services

Gain the leadership edge you need to bridge the silos in healthcare and the life sciences.

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Leadership: the Rotman Difference

Learn. Reflect. Apply. Become a powerful leader with the Rotman integrated leadership framework.

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Powerful network

Develop a lifelong executive network of peers who will help you succeed long after graduation.

Studies and research

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Healthy business? Managerial education and management in healthcare, by Nicholas Bloom, Renata Lemos, Raffaella Sadun, John Van Reenen

Hospitals that are closer to universities in offering both medical and business education with higher management quality. Supplying joint MBA-healthcare courses may be a way for universities to increase medical business skills and raise clinical performance.

 

In the news

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New Rotman healthcare EMBA: ‘Global Context’ for pros, Poets and Quants for executives

Business schools have been attempting to meet a need for physicians and scientists seeking to combine their technical backgrounds with a deeper understanding of the business side of healthcare. The Rotman School feels there’s more to be done.

 

Designing for hospital physician alignment by Brian Golden OHA Magazine

Leaders in healthcare know to align the interests of their employees and staff with those of the organization: to make them partners. The most robust health systems bring physicians into the process and align their interests with those of the hospitals.

 

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Leadership in Healthcare and the Life Sciences

"It takes a really brave leader to challenge the status quo, to challenge the inertia of the status quo, the safety of the status quo, to drive real innovation in the healthcare system."

 

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A global approach to healthcare and the life sciences

"One of the greatest opportunities in programs like this is the opportunity to get information-- intelligence, ways of thinking-- that are way beyond our borders."



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Healthcare, pharma, medical devices and the MBA

"People are moving around, but they're finding positions and they're excited about those positions. It's a very dynamic industry. "

Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences class profile


Average Age

42 


 

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Average work experience

16 Years


Average management experience

8.4 Years


Nationalities represented

Australia
Canada
Hong Kong
India
Italy
Nigeria
United Kingdom
United States

Job Titles

31% Director
23% Manager
12% C-Suite
  8% Physician
  8% President/VP
  4% Consultant
15% Other


Profile/Function

31% Administrative leaders
29% Healthcare providers
19% Industry leaders
15% Scientists and researchers
  6% Government and policy leaders


Highest level of education

35% Masters
27% Medical degree
19% Undergraduate degree
19% PhD


Notable employers

Bluewater Health
Boston Scientific
Bruyere Continuing Care
Clinton Health Access Initiative
Eastern Health and Memorial University
Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehab

IBS Hospitals
Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics
National Sobeys Pharmacy Group
RamSoft Inc.
Rexall Pharmacy Group

Scarborough Health Network
The Hospital for Sick Children
Trillium Health Partners
University Health Network
University of Toronto
William Osler Health System
World Health Organization


Admission and next steps

The University of Toronto Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences program uses a rigorous set of admission criteria, based on a combination of academic abilities, interpersonal skills, and employment credentials. We look for high achievers who can already demonstrate significant professional success and potential for advancement.

Application deadlines

Round 1: January 22, 2020
Round 2: April 22, 2020
Round 3: June 24, 2020
Round 4: August 19, 2020

We're now accepting applications to start fall 2020. We encourage you to start the process by sending us your resume for pre-assessment to see if the program is a right fit for you. Offers of admission are made on a rolling basis, and the class may fill at any time.

Application process

Apply now to start fall 2020. Please send us your resume. We will review your qualifications and credentials and contact you to advise you on your suitability for the program and to discuss next steps.

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First application deadline: January 22, 2020

You may qualify for a $10,000 entrance award.


$400,000 in award funding available

Tip: Apply early to increase your chances of an entrance award.

 


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