MIT Sloan launches new certificate program to address U.S. health care challenges

Published: October 1, 2013

Health care spending in the United States is rising at a rate far exceeding inflation. Although the country spent $2.9 trillion on health care in 2012—which comprises 17.9 percent of the nation’s GDP—the U.S. still lags behind most other developed nations when it comes to providing appropriate access to care.

To address this concern, MIT Sloan has launched a new Healthcare Certificate. The program formalizes the many activities around health care and health management at MIT Sloan, and is offered to the entire MIT student population.

“The School is making a significant educational and research contribution to worldwide health and health care by introducing this Healthcare Certificate,” said MIT Sloan Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Master’s Programs Jake Cohen. “This program will join our already successful Sustainability Certificate, demonstrating the School’s commitment to addressing the management challenges of these complex societal issues.”

MIT students pursuing the certificate will take core courses on health care delivery in the U.S., the economics of health care, and general medical science before choosing from a portfolio of related elective courses. One mandatory elective is enrollment in an action learning lab, such as the new Healthcare Lab (H-Lab), which an intensive, team-based project course with an on-site component at a U.S. health organization.

The Healthcare Certificate will prepare students for various career paths within the health industry, such as operations management, health care IT, health care delivery management, senior management positions in the health industry and hospitals, developing health care startups, and positions in global health organizations.

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Janet Wilkinson notes that MIT is in a unique position to make tremendous contributions to this area.

“MIT is one of the leading management, science, and engineering universities in the world and it is located in one of the leading medical communities in the world,” Wilkinson said. “The relationships that MIT has developed over decades with the medical community will allow us to combine our academic expertise with their clinical expertise to create new business and care models for U.S. and global health systems.”

In addition to students interested in pursuing careers in the health care ecosystem, the certificate program serves the many students at MIT who are already experienced in this field and are looking to enhance their training and career development.