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Major in Health Sector Management

Driving excellence in healthcare

Healthcare in Canada is a $200B sector and Canada’s largest employer. It's a growing sector with unique management challenges. The 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 major focuses on management in health care delivery systems, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sales and marketing, life sciences product commercialization, and related consulting and financial industries. The major also introduces students to various regulatory bodies and procedures in the sector.

“Patients and physicians have different needs. Only by striking a balance between all stakeholders can healthcare be improved.”

– Heather Fraser, co-founder of Rotman Designworks, in an essay that first appeared in Rotman Management Magazine

Subjects you will study include:

  • The commercialization of life-sciences products and services
  • The role of the private sector in healthcare delivery and technology
  • Alliances: public-public, private-private and public-private
  • Performance management, governance and control
  • Organizational redesign and system integration
  • Sustainability of public funding in Canadian healthcare

Research insights from our faculty:

Nicola Lacetera  Anita McGahan

Professor Nicola Lacetera

Working out the supply and demand — and ethical considerations — for blood, organs and body parts

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Anita McGahan

Taking a management approach to solving healthcare problems

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Requirements to complete the major

You must successfully complete three of the following core courses:

Core courses

  • Health Sector Strategy and Organization
  • Pharmaceutical Strategy
  • Health Systems Consulting
  • Healthcare Innovation

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

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Destruction Lab course
  • Technology Strategy
  • Strategic Networks
  • Business Design and Innovation Immersion Tour
  • Financial Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Service Operations Management
  • Design Research and Data Storytelling
  • Marketing & Behavioural Economics
  • Business Design Practicum
  • Creativity and Business Innovation 
  • Organizational Design
  • Aligning People and Strategy
  • Leading Teams
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Challenges
  • Global to Local (Seattle)

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

  • Canada’s Health System and Health Policy Part 1
  • Canada’s Health System and Health Policy Part 2
  • Management of Technological Innovation **
  • Economics of Business Strategy***
  • Technology, Strategy & Policy***
  • Health Care Systems (in Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering)

**Part of UofT Mississauga Masters in Biotechnology Program

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


Career Paths for Health Sector Management Major

This major 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

Healther Chalmers

Heather Chalmers

A healthcare executive on how the industry is changing and the importance of leadership

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Michelle Cleghorm

A healthcare professional gets answers to her toughest work challenges in class

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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

A thought piece on Health Sector Strategy
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Business + Medicine = Innovation

A team of Rotman MBA students teams up with students in healthcare and engineering

Healthcare: An MBA Student's Perspective

Mark Kostove is a student in the Rotman MBA program

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