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 (2016-17 Cohort)

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 onsite will be followed by a coordinated, online individual and group learning curriculum that will include preparation for the upcoming onsite session.

Module 1
  • Off-campus online learning: January to April 2016
  • At Brandeis: January 14 - 24, 2016
Module 2
  • Off-campus online learning: May to August 2016
  • At Brandeis: May 5 - 15, 2016
Module 3
  • Off-campus online learning: September 2016 to January 2017 
  • At Brandeis: January 12 - 22, 2017
Module 4
  • Off-campus online learning: January to May 2017
  • At Brandeis: May 4 - 14, 2017

Note: The schedule for the next program/cohort that begins January 2018 will be announced in August 2016.

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

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