Fall 2009 MBA Course

B9601-052: Healthcare Marketing

MW - B Term, 12:30PM to 02:00PM

Location: URI 329

Instructor: John Benya; Robert Essner

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This half-term course provides a practical understanding of marketing strategies for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device products.  It focuses on the environment and market dynamics that can have a significant impact on the success of these marketing strategies.  An understanding of the product development process, from concept to commercialization, is an integral component of this course. The course also addresses the needs and wants, as well as critical issues, facing the key stakeholders and decision makers within the marketing channel of this complex industry (medical professionals, consumers, hospitals, payors, sales force, etc.). Specifically, some of the issues addressed in this course include:

•    role of marketing in new product development
•    what “branding” means in the marketing of medical products
•    direct-to-consumer marketing tactics
•    professional and gatekeeper management
•    pricing and third-party reimbursement on a global basis
•    impact of regulation and market structure on global sales and marketing strategies
•    importance of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, etc.)
•    sales force design, training, incentives, and management
•    marketing “tools” (personal selling, medical education, direct-to-consumer, the internet, etc.)
•    role/importance of marketing research
•    product life cycle management

Students not fully knowledgeable of marketing principles will be requested to do background reading (e.g., Kotler’s Marketing Management) to become more familiar with standard marketing concepts and vocabulary that will be used in the course. For those with limited healthcare experience, certain readings and a glossary of terms will be provided. The course will use case studies and industry practitioners as guest speakers to provide additional insight and perspective. Note: This course is complementary to Profs. Cramer and Essner’s Strategy and Competition in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology offered in the spring semester. 

Evaluation is 30% class participation, 30% short writing assignment (case study), 40% final paper (case study or other topic).



JP Benya

Adjunct Assistant ProfessorWith fifteen years of marketing and other operational experience in the pharmaceutical industry, JP Benya has developed and implemented strategies and tactical programs for both primary care products and specialty products in the US and globally. Having led the successful marketing of brands such as Intron A and Ambien, JP understands the complex inter-related dynamics of functions such as marketing, clinical, market research, sales, and...

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Robert Essner

Executive-in-ResidenceRobert Essner is the retired chairman and CEO of Wyeth, which was one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical companies. He led the transformation of Wyeth into a science-based industry leader with strong positions in drugs, biotechnology, vaccines, nonprescription products and animal health. During his more than 30 years in the industry, Mr. Essner served as chairman of both U.S. and global pharmaceutical organizations. He...

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