Dartmouth Launches New Healthcare Delivery Program

Earlier this month, Dartmouth College announced it will combine professors from its highly rated Tuck School of Business and its Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) to launch a new, mostly online, master’s program designed to prepare mid-career healthcare leaders for the future of their profession.

Launched by Dartmouth College President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the interdisciplinary program will blend TDI’s pioneering research in health care pattern and practice, delivery innovation, and payment models, with the Tuck School’s expertise in strategy and how to effectively create and execute change.

“Until now, management courses available to health care leaders looked at standard business practices across a range of industries,” says Bob Hansen, Senior Associate Dean at Tuck and Faculty Co-director of the MHCDS program.

“The Master of Health Care Delivery Science program recognizes the complexity of the U.S. health care system and the unique challenges it presents for providers, payers, employers, and those who develop and implement health care policy.”

The Dartmouth program, launching in July 2011, will cost $85,000, and scholarships are available. Though the cost may be high, it will be fairly convenient for working professionals who can’t take 18 months off. Almost all classes will be conducted online, and students will spend just six weeks on campus.

Dartmouth plans to accept just 50 students into the first session in hopes of keeping the curriculum and discussions intense and intimate. “It’s not [University of Phoenix] type of distance learning where they need thousands of people,” Tuck’s Dean Paul Danos tells U.S. News. “This is very personal””lots of hand-holding and lots of personal attention.”

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