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Healthcare electives complement Columbia Business School’s world-class MBA curriculum, comprising an integrated nexus of functional disciplines within multiple healthcare sectors, studied on a global basis from the perspective of industry executives and investors. Each course is taught by a unique mix of four to five seasoned healthcare executives and esteemed faculty and infuses topics of international significance into the classroom.


The Healthcare Industry in the 21st Century

Professor Linda Green: This course provides a general overview of the fast-evolving U.S. healthcare industry, the major players involved in the production and delivery of healthcare, and the key challenges and opportunities presented by new technologies, financing mechanisms, business models, and the political and regulatory developments engendered by the recent reform legislation.

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Strategy and Competition in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

Professors Robert Essner and Cliff Cramer:  This course provides a cross-functional analysis of the strategic, technological, regulatory, competitive, organizational and political challenges impacting the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector. Critical issues examined include the strategies and process of discovering, developing, and getting new drugs approved; R&D/product portfolio strategies; patent strategies and challenges; the pharmaceutical supply chain; design of prescription drug plans and the role of PBMs; competition between branded, generic and OTC products; industry profitability and growth prospects; and external/business-development strategies.

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Economics of Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

Professor Frank Lichtenberg:  This course provides a framework for understanding the economic factors underlying the healthcare system and the intersection of its agents (consumers, payers, providers, suppliers). The course focuses primarily on the structure and economics of health insurance and the demand for healthcare; pricing and reimbursement of drugs, vaccines, medical devices and hospital services; economics of biomedical research; disease-management programs; and cost-benefit analysis employed by payers and consumers of healthcare products and services..

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Private Health Insurance and Public Policy (Mailman School)

Professors John Rowe and Linda Green: This course provides an advanced, critical analysis of the delivery and payment of healthcare services in the U.S. with a specific focus on actions healthcare providers and health insurers are taking to improve the quality of patient care, and manage the costs of providing such care. Particular focus is given to the impact of the 2009 HITECH Act as well as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.

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Healthcare Investment and Dealmaking

Professors Cliff Cramer, Ken Hitchner and Jonathan Korngold:  This course analyzes the unique characteristics and strategies of investing in the healthcare sector from the perspective of venture capital firms investing in early-stage life science/healthcare enterprises, private equity firms seeking to build value-creating healthcare platforms, and M&A and business development strategies. The course also covers in-depth business development and dealmaking strategies (partnering, licensing, and M&A) pursued by healthcare companies to enhance competitive position.

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Forecasting for Drug Development Strategy

Professor Ellynne Dec: This course provides a practical introduction to the creation and use of business forecasts for informing pharmaceutical drug development strategy.  While the primary emphasis is on commercial forecasting, it also examines other areas such as trial duration, probability of clinical and regulatory success, trial costs, and portfolio optimization.  Advantages and disadvantages of using forecasts is analyzed and students are introduced to the use of sensitivity analysis and scenario modeling to bridge these challenges.  Students learn practical Excel tools for building models, performing sensitivity analysis, challenging forecasts and sourcing data.

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Investing in Medical Technologies 

Professors Efrem Kamen and Cliff Cramer: This course focuses on how sophisticated investors identify and value attractive medical device, diagnostics and life science tools companies.  It provides students with an understanding of the current economic and competitive environment for development and commercialization of new medical technologies, including regulatory, pricing, and reimbursement factors.  It highlights new emerging technologies in the field, and how to assess such novel technologies and build commercial models for valuation purposes.

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The Columbia Business School 10th Annual Healthcare Conference - Creating Value-Based Solutions for a Discerning Healthcare Buyer - was held on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis. For more information on the conference, click here.

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How the Healthcare Job Market has Changed and How to Adapt

Professor Cliff Cramer discusses changes in the healthcare job market for MBA students, and how the HPM Program is structured and adapting to meet the evolving needs of students and healthcare employers.

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Doctor Shortage? What Doctor Shortage?

The article in The Washington Post features research by Professor Linda Green that examines how physician shortages could be eliminated.

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Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program
3022 Broadway Uris Hall 218A
New York, NY 10027-6902


Annual Healthcare Conference

The Conference attracts more than 500 industry practitioners and students from Columbia and other top-tier professional schools.

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The Long Tail for Biomedical Research

Professor Frank Lichtenberg’s new research shows that greater spending on biomedical research reduces future mortality rates.

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