MBA Program Curriculum


Wharton MBA Core                9.5 course units
Health Care Major                  5.0 course units
Electives (minimum)              4.5 course units
Total Courses Required       19.0 course units
Total Courses Permitted      21.0 course units


All students must complete the Wharton Management Core Curriculum which provides groundwork in the basic management disciplines: economics, finance, financial and cost accounting, management science, managing people and organizational design, marketing, operations management, and the governmental and legal environment of business and statistics. The Core Curriculum is designed to maximize cross-functional integration, extend global experience, strengthen leadership training, and address key management issues.


The courses comprising the Health Care Major promote an understanding of the concepts, institutions, and issues specifically involved in the organization, financing and delivery of health services and products.
The following two courses are required of all students:

  • Introduction to Health Management and Economics, HCMG 841
  • Health Care Field Application Project, HCMG 653 (It is taken in the second semester of the first year. Five or six person “teams” are assigned to consult to a health-related firm on a current management problem).


In addition to the two Health Care core courses above, students in the health care program are required to take at least three course units of health care courses from within specialized segments of the health care industry such as managed care organizations, hospitals, integrated delivery systems, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and long-term care organizations.

  • US Payer and Provider Strategy, HCMG 845 (Spring)
  • Financial Management of Health Institutions, HCMG 849 (Fall)
  • Health Care Reform and the Future of the American Health System, HCMG 850 (Fall)
  • Health Services Delivery: A Managerial Economic Approach, HCMG 852 (Spring)
  • Management and Strategy of Medical Devices, HCMG 853 (Fall)
  • Management of Care for the Elderly, HCMG 855 (Fall Q1) .5 cu
  • Healthcare Data & Analytics, HCMG 857 (Fall Q1) .5 cu
  • Comparative Health Care Systems, HCMG 859 (Spring)
  • Leading Health Care Organizations, HCMG 860 (Spring)
  • Management and Economics of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industry, HCMG 863 (Spring)
  • E-Health: Business Models and Impact, HCMG 866 (Spring) .5 cu
  • Health Care Entrepreneurship, HCMG 867 (Spring) .5 cu
  • Private Sector Role in Global Health, HCMG 868 (Spring) .5 cu
  • Business of Behavioral Health, HCMG 870 (Fall) .5 cu
  • Advanced Study Project: Management of Health Care Service Businesses, HCMG 890-001 (Fall)


A number of students choose to enroll in joint degree programs with other schools at Penn, such as the MD, MS in Bioethics, MSN, DMD, VMD, etc.


Students may also pursue a second major in fields such as Marketing, Finance or Business Analytics, by completing the requirements in these departments. They may take graduate courses throughout the University of Pennsylvania.