CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Healthcare spending in the United States is rising at a rate far exceeding inflation. Although the country spent $2.9 trillion on healthcare in 2012 –which comprises 17.9% of the nation’s GDP – the U.S. still lags behind most other developed nations when it comes to providing appropriate access to care.
“The School is making a significant educational and research contribution to worldwide health and healthcare by introducing this Healthcare Certificate”
To address this concern, MIT Sloan School of Management has launched a new Healthcare Certificate. The program formalizes the many activities around healthcare 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 healthcare by introducing this Healthcare Certificate,” says 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 healthcare delivery in the U.S., the economics of healthcare, 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 is 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, healthcare IT, healthcare delivery management, senior management positions in the health industry and hospitals, developing healthcare startups, and positions in global health organizations.
Janet Wilkinson, MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer, 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. 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 healthcare 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.
For more information on the Healthcare Certificate, please visit: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/program-components/healthcare-certificate