Executive MBA for Physicians

The Heller Difference

a notebook with Heller logo and EMBA for physicians logoHeller 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.


The Heller School has been on the forefront of educating future and practicing physicians since 1995. During that time, we have gained extensive experience delivering programs that help physicians improve the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of healthcare. Our programs include: 

  • A longstanding dual MBA/MD in partnership with Tufts University School of Medicine – a program that allows students to master a broad combination of medical and management skills in just four years
  • The Brandeis Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management (BHLP) – an annual program sponsored by the American College of Surgeons, the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, and 14 surgical societies
  • The Tufts University School of Medicine/Brandeis University Leadership Academy – an experiential, practice-based program for senior-level aspiring and current leaders in the Tufts Medical Center healthcare system
  • The Heller School-Hanley Center PELI Advanced Executive Leadership Course – a partnership program with Maine’s statewide Physician Executive Leadership Institute (PELI)
  • The Executive MBA for Physicians program – our most recent offering, building on the above expertise


Our faculty includes academics and physicians on the front lines of medical practice and policy. Leading the program is the director, Dr. Brenda Anderson, who serves on the faculty at the Brandeis Heller School and the Tufts School of Medicine. She has been teaching healthcare financial literacy to physicians and surgeons for over fifteen years. Dr. Anderson formerly worked for KPMG Peat Marwick in the areas of emerging business, audit, consulting, and tax. Dr. Anderson is joined by many senior Brandeis faculty, including Dr. Stuart Altman, the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at the Heller School, who served as chairman of the Health Policy Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has been named one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” for consecutive years by Modern Healthcare magazine. In addition, Dr. 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. 

Learn more about our faculty here.


Heller is home to the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy and Research, 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:

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.