Heller Executive MBA for Physicians

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Program Structure

Heller's EMBA for Physicians is a rigorous, hybrid curriculum of onsite/online coursework and practicums designed to fit within the busy schedules and critical responsibilities of practicing MDs, DOs and DMDs. The degree is structured as an accelerated 16-month program with four 10-day residential sessions. Off-campus time will be spent taking webinars, doing individual study and preparation, and engaging in online blended learning. This format makes the best use of participants’ valuable time, enabling them to gain the skills and credentials they need to make a difference in their institutions.

Schedule for the Class Enrolling in January 2018

The EMBA program matriculates a cohort of 25-30 physicians in January that will complete the program in May of the following year. Each Brandeis on-campus session will be followed by an online learning curriculum that will include preparation for the upcoming on-campus session.

Semester 1
  • Off-campus online learning: January to April 2018
  • At Brandeis: January 11 - 21, 2018
Semester 2
  • Off-campus online learning: May to August 2018
  • At Brandeis: May 3 - 13, 2018
Semester 3
  • Off-campus online learning: September 2018 to January 2019
  • At Brandeis: January 2019 (dates TBA)
Semester 4
  • Off-campus online learning: January to May 2019
  • At Brandeis: May 2019 (dates TBA)

Modes of learning

The EMBA curriculum is designed to integrate new knowledge with practical skills to address current and future challenges facing physician leaders. The modes of learning within the program encourage student engagement, peer interaction, and faculty mentorship, as well as incorporation of the student's own leadership experiences into the coursework. Examples of this include:

  • Traditional classroom lectures with individual and team projects
  • Online independent work modules
  • Virtual group work
  • Case studies and applied learning assignments
  • Simulation exercises
  • Assessments that integrate knowledge across courses

There will be several major projects over the 16 months including: 

  1. 360 Leadership Assessment with feedback, individual, and group executive coaching
  2. Leadership Shadowing experience during which each student spends one week of time shadowing and learning from a selected leader in their organization
  3. Process Improvement capstone project in which teams identify a significant leadership or organizational challenge within one of their institutions and undertake a change management initiative from proposal to completion

Location

The four 10-day residency sessions are held at the Executive Conference Center at Babson College in Wellesley MA.  (The program is in no way related to Babson College other than using a privately managed facility on their grounds.)

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