Tuck Unveils Master of Health Care Delivery Science

Quality healthcare goes beyond the physician-patient relationship; it also requires efficiency that comes from a well-executed management plan. The June issue of Tuck Today profiles Dartmouth College president Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a medical doctor, anthropologist, and the co-founder of the nongovernmental organization Partners in Health. Kim believes delivering quality health care is one of the greatest challenges facing the next generation of business leaders.

To meet that challenge, Dartmouth’s president plans to harness the college’s vast resources””including Tuck’s management expertise.

The school recently announced the creation of a new master’s program of health care delivery science, geared for mid-career health care executives and offered as a cooperative effort between Tuck School of Business and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI). The program will likely include distance learning components in combination with the team-based residential learning that forms the bedrock of the Tuck experience.

“This is President Kim’s deep expertise and his deep interest,” says Tuck’s dean Paul Danos. “He’s done this for years at the highest level, and now he wants to take Tuck’s particular expertise, together with the science of health care outcomes available at TDI, to improve management of hospitals and clinics all over the world.”

Danos explains that the new program will leverage Tuck’s management and leadership training with TDI’s pioneering expertise in the science of measuring health care delivery and outcomes. “This is aimed at people who are already managing health care operations, so we don’t expect them to be here full-time the way an MBA student would be,” Danos says. “But we do want to imbue the program with the same teamwork, camaraderie, and cooperation that you get in the Tuck MBA.”

In keeping with Tuck’s strong emphasis on “action-learning projects,” the article explains that participants will work in teams to solve real organizational management issues, using what they learn from both Tuck and TDI faculty. Elements of Tuck’s new leadership curriculum emphasizing peer coaching and self-awareness will likely be integrated into the program as well, says senior associate dean Bob Hansen.

The program may launch as early as next year if all components fall into place. “We want to get the right mix of participants, working together on real projects. We’ll combine Tuck management knowledge and pedagogy, TDI’s research-based knowledge, leadership training, and action learning,” Hansen says. “That’s a powerful program.”

For more details on the Tuck Healthcare Initiative, its new courses, and president Kim’s plans in this area, follow this link to the original article.

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