The Heller Difference
Only Heller combines deep experience providing executive education to physicians, a faculty composed of leading healthcare scholars and practitioners, and on-campus research institutes that continually advance the knowledge, best practices, and future thinking within the field.
In 1995, the Heller School launched its groundbreaking dual MBA/MD degree program in partnership with Tufts University School of Medicine, allowing students to master a broad combination of medical and management skills in just four years. In the 20 years since then, the Heller School has remained on the vanguard of educating practicing physicians to be strategic leaders.
In addition, we have extensive experience creating and delivering executive education programs for physicians, helping them to improve the quality, efficiency and accessibility of healthcare as they lead their practices and organizations. Our executive education programs include:
- The Brandeis Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management (BHLP), an annual six-day program sponsored by the American College of Surgeons, the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, and 14 surgical societies. The BHLP provides high-level health care professionals with strategies for leading and implementing change management.
- The Heller School-Hanley Center PELI Advanced Executive Leadership Course, a partnership program with Maine's statewide Physician Executive Leadership Institute (PELI), helps Maine-based physicians develop management skills within the context of national policy trends.
Our faculty includes academicians and physicians on the front lines of medical practice and policy. Heading the faculty are the program’s director, Jon A. Chilingerian, PhD, a tenured professor at the Heller School at Brandeis and adjunct associate professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts School of Medicine. He is co-author of the book, International Health Care Management. Stuart Altman, PhD, the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at the Heller School, serves as chairman of the Health Policy Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and has been named one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare for five years running by Modern Healthcare magazine. In addition, Professor Jody Hoffer Gittell is the founder of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, which brings practitioners together to help organizations build relational coordination for high performance. Her research explores how workers, leaders, and customers contribute to quality and efficiency through their coordinated efforts.
Heller is home to the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, three nationally regarded research institutes that enable EMBA participants to engage in a rich exchange of ideas with renowned educators, researchers and analysts in the field of healthcare policy development. Founded by Dr. Altman and Executive Director Stanley Wallack, PhD, the Schneider institutes are:
- The Institute for Behavioral Health, which focuses on the intersection of health, behavior and systems of care
- The Institute on Healthcare Systems, which is dedicated to making both private and public policymakers more informed about healthcare systems
- The Institute for Global Health and Development, which shares research with leaders and policymakers to achieve results at scale, with a focus on social justice
EMBA participants will also benefit from access to Heller’s network of healthcare research and service partners, which includes the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.