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M.B.A. for Executives: Leadership in Healthcare Program

The M.B.A. for Executives: Leadership in Healthcare program (the Leadership in Healthcare program) is a twenty-two-month M.B.A. program designed by healthcare professionals for working professionals who aspire to lead in the healthcare sector. Students spend two short periods in residence and every other weekend (Friday and Saturday) on the Yale School of Management campus.

To learn more about the Leadership in Healthcare program, visit http://som.yale.edu/mbae.

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Leadership in Healthcare Degree Requirements

The M.B.A. for Executives: Leadership in Healthcare program follows essentially the same curriculum as the full-time M.B.A. program (see M.B.A. Curriculum in the chapter M.B.A. Degree Program [Full-Time]). In the first year, students devote the majority of their time to the core courses. Rounding out the curriculum, in the second year, along with advanced management courses are healthcare-specific courses to provide a complementary focus on healthcare management.

In addition, the Leadership in Healthcare curriculum includes:

  • 1. The Colloquium in Healthcare Leadership, which brings prominent business leaders from across all areas of healthcare to present and meet with students;
  • 2. An Independent Study program to engage students in project-based opportunities;
  • 3. The optional International Experience, which exposes students to broader global issues of international business.

Program Requirements

The Leadership in Healthcare program adheres to all requirements for the M.B.A. as designed and administered by the Yale School of Management (see M.B.A. Degree Requirements in the chapter M.B.A. Degree Program). Any exception to the requirements must be approved by the faculty.

The following requirements are specific to the Leadership in Healthcare program.

Enrollment Requirement

All courses and class meetings for the Leadership in Healthcare program are conducted on campus, and students are required to attend in person.

Timing Requirement

A student must complete all program requirements in twenty-two consecutive months.

Distribution of Courses

To graduate, a student must:

  • 1. Achieve credit in each of the following core courses:
  • Basics of Accounting
  • Basics of Economics
  • Probability Modeling and Statistics
  • Spreadsheet Modeling
  • Problem Framing
  • Careers
  • Managing Groups and Teams
  • Leadership Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Negotiation
  • Competitor
  • Customer
  • Investor
  • Sourcing and Managing Funds
  • The Global Macroeconomy
  • Employee
  • Advanced Leadership
  • Operations Engine
  • State and Society
  • Innovator
  • Integrated Leadership Perspective
  • Leadership Practicum
  • 2. Achieve credit in all mandatory courses in order to meet the 72-unit course requirement. These courses are listed at http://som.yale.edu/mbae.
Remediation of Failing Grades in Courses

A student who fails a core course must remediate the failing grade by either retaking the course and achieving a passing grade, by passing a proficiency examination, if offered, or through alternate activity as specified by the instructor. In no case will a grade other than Pass be recorded when a failed course is remediated. A failing grade in a core course must be remediated in the next term or part of term in which the course is offered. A student who does not remediate the failing grade will automatically be dismissed from the program. A student who fails any other required course must remediate the failing grade.

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Academic Policies


Leadership in Healthcare students are expected to attend classes regularly, be on time, and be prepared to contribute to class discussion. We recognize that there are times when circumstances may cause a student to miss class. If these absences are due to religious observance, unplanned hospitalization, extended illness, or a personal or family emergency that directly affects the student or an immediate family member, the absence would be considered excused. Students will be informed about whether their absence is excused or unexcused by a program administrator. Whenever students are unable to attend class, they are required to notify a program administrator and then must inform the instructors. If the circumstances make advance notice impossible, an e-mail as soon as possible after the missed class is the next best alternative. The student must make arrangements with a classmate to get notes and copies of class handouts, and to complete all missed work.

Since participation and attendance are critical to the Leadership in Healthcare experience for students, their classmates, and study groups, an unexcused absence (any absence that does not fall into those listed above) may jeopardize a student’s academic standing in class. Under these circumstances, those students who miss more than 15 percent of the total number of class sessions for any given course may, at the discretion of the faculty, receive a final course grade of Pass or Fail. The threshold at which unexcused absences may affect a student’s grade varies depending on the number of the sessions in the class, as follows:

Class Sessions

Unexcused Absences

Nine-session class

1½ class sessions or 4½ hours

Six-session class

1 class session or 3 hours

Four-session class

½ class session or 1½ hours

No unexcused absences are allowed for a two- or three-session class.

If a student has to leave town for a personal or family emergency, or will be out of class for an extended period because of illness, he/she must first contact the executive director.

Using cell phones, browsing the Internet, or reading e-mail during class distracts the instructor and classmates and interrupts the learning experience. Cell phones and other electronic devices are to be turned off during class. The use of laptops and tablets for academic purposes is at the discretion of the instructor.

Colloquium in Healthcare Leadership

The Colloquium in Healthcare Leadership is a credited course, for which students receive 2 credits per year for a total of 4 credits over the two-year program; students are required to attend all sessions of the series. Students’ grades are based upon attendance and participation. Students who miss three sessions in an academic year will receive a grade of Pass; students who miss four or more sessions in an academic year will receive a grade of Fail and will not receive credit for the year. If a student receives a grade of Fail, he/she must take another 2-credit Yale SOM elective, approved in advance by a program director, to make up for the credit loss in order to graduate on schedule. A grade of Fail in both years requires a student to make up 4 credits.

Course Recording

In the case of excused absences (see Attendance, above), students may request to have classes recorded. Classes missed for other reasons, for example, job interviews, or other personal or professional commitments, will not be recorded. Classes will be recorded only if the instructor is willing to grant permission for video- or audiotaping. Extracurricular events cannot be recorded.

Requests for recording should be made as soon as possible; every attempt will be made to accommodate the request. Requests for recordings of Leadership in Healthcare classes will be reviewed by the assistant director of academic and student affairs, who will decide if the course should be recorded, contact the course instructor to obtain permission for recording, and arrange for the recording.


Students are expected to take all examinations at the scheduled time and submit all take-home exams on the assigned due date. Exams may be rescheduled only in exceptional circumstances such as a religious observance, incapacitating illness, or serious family emergency. Travel arrangements, mild illness, work-related obligations, and the like are not acceptable reasons to change an exam time or miss a deadline.

If there is a need to change the date or time of an exam, written approval must be obtained from the instructor prior to the date and time of the exam, unless the nature of the emergency is such that advance notice is impossible. In the case of delay due to illness, the student must provide a program director with written confirmation of the disabling condition from a healthcare professional providing treatment.

Deadlines for Deliverables

Students are expected to adhere to all deadlines set by faculty. In the event that a student is not able to meet a deadline for an assignment or exam, he/she must request an extension from the instructor. If an extension is granted, the student will submit the assignment by the extension date or risk receiving a grade of Fail for the assignment/exam. The instructor will determine if a late assignment/exam will affect a student’s grade. If a student fails to meet a deadline without notifying the instructor, the student will be in jeopardy of not receiving a grade for the assignment/exam.

Incomplete Course Work

For every Leadership in Healthcare course, students are expected to complete all assignments by the deadlines established by the instructor. Marks of Incomplete are rarely approved, and only in cases where incapacitating illness or serious family emergency prevents the student from completing class work on time. A student who anticipates a problem should contact the instructor and a program director before the last day of class. If the Incomplete is approved, the mark must be converted to a grade no later than sixty days after the date on which grades for the term are due. If no grade has been received by that date, a grade of Fail will be recorded automatically. Grades of Incomplete in the final term may delay the awarding of a student’s degree.

Non-SOM Courses

Leadership in Healthcare students who take courses offered by another school at Yale University must comply with any enrollment procedures, restrictions, deadlines, and/or fees imposed by the school offering the course. In addition, the student must file the appropriate forms in the School of Management, as described below. Students will not be granted permission to take a course that conflicts with the Leadership in Healthcare class schedule.

Students wishing to enroll in a course in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or in one of the other professional schools at Yale must receive permission from the course instructor and a Leadership in Healthcare program director. Enrollment in a Law School course also requires authorization from the registrar of the Law School. Once the appropriate permissions have been obtained, the student should contact the Leadership in Healthcare assistant director of academic and student affairs, who will enroll the student.

Students may receive credit toward the M.B.A. degree for Yale College courses only if such credit has been authorized in advance by a program director. Petition forms for requesting credit are available in the SOM Office of Academic Affairs and Student Life. The course will not be posted on the student’s record until credit has been authorized.

In some schools, students may be offered the individual option of taking a course on a Pass/Fail or Credit/D/Fail basis. Yale SOM students are not permitted to elect such an option.

Credit will not be given by the School for any course taken outside Yale University during the period of the student’s enrollment in the Leadership in Healthcare program.

The credit to be awarded for courses offered by Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, or by one of the other professional schools at Yale will be determined by the registrar. Courses offered by Yale College and the Graduate School typically carry 4 units of credit at SOM. Unless a course is taken to fulfill the Independent Study requirement, credits earned for Yale courses outside of the Leadership in Healthcare curriculum will not count toward the requirement for the M.B.A.

Independent/Field Study

This is a requirement completed during a student’s second year in the program. This course provides an opportunity for students and faculty to work together on projects of mutual interest outside the structure of normal courses. Each Independent/Field Study project must have an adviser who is a member of the Yale full-time faculty; students are responsible for identifying and requesting a faculty member to serve as adviser. Students must submit a Petition for Independent Study that includes the project proposal and the faculty adviser’s signature. The proposal must indicate the means by which the student’s performance is to be evaluated (e.g., final paper, etc.) as well as the scope of the project and a timeline. The project must be approved by a program director. The Independent/Field Study project is a 4-credit course and, as such, the scope of work should be commensurate with the time and effort of similar instructor-led courses.


Students may, with the permission of the instructor, audit Yale SOM elective courses or courses in another school in Yale University. The normal expectation for auditors is attending at least two-thirds of all class meetings; instructors may set additional conditions. Audited classes will appear on the transcript only if the instructor certifies that the conditions for auditing have been met. Auditing of SOM core courses is not permitted.

Course Evaluations

At the end of each course, students are asked to evaluate the course and instructor. The course evaluation results are given to the instructor and the dean of the School, and the aggregate results are available for review.

International Experience

An optional part of the Leadership in Healthcare curriculum is the International Experience course, which provides students with the opportunity to travel to one of several destinations around the world to study the local business environment. The cost of the International Experience trip is subsidized by the School of Management; however, airfare and other related expenses are the responsibility of the student. If a student is unable to fulfill the International Experience course requirements or needs to change destinations because of visa issues, a health emergency, or other unforeseen circumstances, Yale SOM will not reimburse the student for the cost of any expenses incurred in canceling flights or other travel arrangements. Students who participate will earn 0.5 unit of credit.

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Use of Career Development Office (CDO) Resources

The CDO offers a professional development curriculum for Leadership in Healthcare students that consists of several seminars over two years. The career management topics can include: Personal Branding; Interviewing and Negotiation Skills; Résumés, Networking, and Building Relationships; and Career Management.

See Policies of the Career Development Office in the chapter Rights and Responsibilities of Students for more general information on CDO policies.

Other Resources

  • Access to Yale SOM’s CDO online recruitment system
  • Access to employers’ information Employers’ information, including contacts, can be accessed directly via the CDO online recruitment system.
  • Access to healthcare job opportunities Leadership in Healthcare students who are looking to change jobs are encouraged to attend corporate presentations and submit résumés and cover letters for positions with healthcare companies (e.g., Pfizer, Chartis, Kaiser Permanente) and with organizations that are recruiting for healthcare-specific roles. Firms will designate positions for experienced hires, which are typically those that require ten to fifteen years’ professional experience in the healthcare sector and an M.B.A. degree.
  • Corporate presentations Leadership in Healthcare students are invited to healthcare-related networking events and other corporate presentations related to the healthcare industry. Most events are open to all interested students.
  • Student clubs The CDO does not administer club policies; however the Healthcare and Life Sciences Club historically has accepted members from the larger Yale community, including Leadership in Healthcare students. The CDO encourages interested Leadership in Healthcare students to join the Healthcare and Life Sciences Club to network with current students. In addition, Leadership in Healthcare résumés have historically been included in the student healthcare club résumé books that are sent to prospective healthcare employers. The Healthcare Club will compile two résumé books, one for first-year and one for second-year students, the latter of which may include Leadership in Healthcare résumés.
  • Professional guidance The healthcare relationship manager in the CDO is available by appointment to speak with Leadership in Healthcare students to review résumés, make networking recommendations, and give professional career management advice. In addition, students may request to meet with a representative of the Ayers Group, an executive careers management agency with which the CDO has partnered.

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Tuition and Fees

Fees for the Leadership in Healthcare program include tuition, all course work (except as noted for the International Experience course), as well as an electronic device for computing and course materials, books and study materials, breakfast and lunch on all class days, on-campus parking, and lodging and parking at the Omni New Haven Hotel during summer residencies and on Friday evenings of all weekend sessions. Fees are due on August 1 for the fall term and December 1 for the spring term.

See Tuition Rebate and Refund Policy in the chapter Tuition and Fees for the rebate schedule specific to students in the Leadership in Healthcare program.

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All Leadership in Healthcare students are required to stay at the Omni New Haven Hotel on Friday evenings of class weekends. The cost of this stay is included in the program fees. However, in consideration of students living in the area, we will offer a one-time option to opt out of the Housing requirement. This election will take place in the fall of the first year and will take effect at the beginning of the spring term. The program fees for students who elect this option will be credited for thirty nights (twelve each for spring of year one and fall of year two, and six nights for spring of year two) based upon the prevailing contracted Omni rate. All students, regardless of their housing option, are required to stay at the Omni during their two in-residence periods and on class weekends through the fall term of year one.

Students who wish to extend their overnight stay assume the financial responsibility for the additional nights.

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Rights and Responsibilities of Leadership in Healthcare Students

In general, the policies in the chapter Rights and Responsibilities of Students apply to all students, including Leadership in Healthcare students. The following policies are specific to the Leadership in Healthcare program.

Electronic Devices

All Leadership in Healthcare students receive a standard-issue tablet computer upon arrival at orientation. This device, which is the personal property of the student, is preloaded with the necessary software applications and configured to operate on the Yale SOM network. The use of electronic devices in SOM courses is at the discretion of the instructor.

While using the SOM-issued device is not required, it is recommended. SOM-issued devices have been tested and configured specifically for the program. Since resources are allotted toward the standard-issue device, SOM-IT is unable to repair students’ personal laptops. The SOM-IT Web page offers students videos and instructions to self-configure their personal laptops, but our SOM-IT staff are unable to offer hands-on help.

See Policies on the Use of Information Technology Facilities in the chapter Rights and Responsibilities of Students for more information.

Academic Support

Students who feel they are in need of additional academic support may either contact the course teaching assistant or the instructor.

Honor Code Committee

In instances when a Leadership in Healthcare student is referred to the Honor Committee, there will be at least one Leadership in Healthcare student representative serving on the committee.

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