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Health Care Cluster

Offering students hands-on training in a specific industry and face-to-face interaction with top industry professionals, the Health Care Cluster is taught by business professionals and an expert Fisher Lecturer and Faculty Coordinator:  Dr. Mrinalini Gadkari.

Leading practitioners in the field of health care will share their expertise, address up-to-the-minute issues facing businesses today, and look to students to provide real-world solutions. Complementing this action-learning format will be a series of lectures designed to provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge that they will need to succeed.

In Autumn Semester, students will meet one evening per week.  In Spring Semester, students should expect to meet one evening per week as well. However, because students will be completing projects, they should be aware that there will be an additional time commitment outside of that one evening.  Projects will involve working on-site with company and organizational project coordinators. Sponsoring companies will aid in the implementation and evaluation of these projects.

This is an academic program with expectations. There will be exams, outside readings, projects and assignments. Students in this class should be aware that there will be several required learning opportunities outside of class time. These events include, but are not limited to: the Kick-Off Event, field trips, networking, etc.

Course Sequence and Syllabi

Introduction to Health Care Industry: Development and Distribution of Healthcare Products

Autumn - 2 semester hours
Course syllabus

The course focuses on processes of discovery, development and distribution of pharmaceuticals and health care products. It also includes content on operational excellence, quality assurance, marketing, pricing and payment for health care products. Students learn about operations, logistics and the distribution of these products throughout the supply chain.

Introduction to Health Care Industry: Delivery of Health Care Services and Products

Spring - 3 semester hours
Course syllabus

This course examines the interface of health care organizations with the public in various delivery settings. Topics include: careers in health care, marketing of products, ethics, quality improvement, public and private reimbursement processes, and the challenges related to operating a successful provider organization. Students conduct semester-long on-site projects with a corporate sponsor of this program.