Executive MBA for Physicians

Physicians Executive MBA Program Structure

two EMBA physicians talking and gesturing to one another
Heller's EMBA for Physicians is a rigorous, hybrid curriculum of onsite/online coursework and practicum designed to fit within the busy schedules and critical responsibilities of practicing MDs, DOs, DMDs, DDSs, and DPMs. 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 2024

The EMBA program matriculates a cohort of about 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 2024
  • At Brandeis: January 13-21, 2024 (dates tentative)

Semester 2

  • Off-campus online learning: May to August 2024
  • At Brandeis: May 3-11, 2024 (dates tentative)

Semester 3

  • Off-campus online learning: September 2024 to January 2025
  • At Brandeis: January 16-26, 2025 (dates tentative)

Semester 4

  • Off-campus online learning: January to May 2025
  • At Brandeis: 10 days in May 2025 (dates forthcoming)

Physician MBA Program 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 encourage student engagement, peer interaction, and faculty mentorship, as well as incorporation of the students’ own leadership experiences. Examples include:

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

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

  • 360-degree leadership assessment with feedback and individual and group executive coaching
  • Leadership shadowing experience during which each student spends time shadowing and learning from a selected leader in their organization
  • Process improvement capstone project in which individuals identify a significant leadership or organizational challenge within their institutions and undertake a change management initiative from proposal to completion


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

Executive MBA Curriculum

63 credit hours taken over 16 months

Offering a rigorous curriculum appropriate for the skills and knowledge of practicing physicians, this intensive program requires 63 credit hours taken over 16 months.

Semester 1

Economic Analysis for Managers (2 credits)

Financial Accounting (4 credits)

Leadership and Organizational Behavior (4 credits)

Leadership Coaching (1 credit)

Operations Management (4 credits)

Physician Field Experience (1 credit)

Semester 2

Executive Team Consulting Project (2 credits)

Healthcare Marketing (2 credits)

Managerial Accounting (4 credits)

National Health Policy (2 credits)

Physician Field Experience (1 credit)

Relational Coordination (2 credits)

Strategic Management (4 credits)

Semester 3

Corporate Finance I (2 credits)

Executive Team Consulting Project (2 credits)

Healthcare Law and Ethics (2 credits)

Management of Healthcare Organizations (4 credits)

Physicians Field Experience (1 credit)

Quality and Performance Measurement in Healthcare (2 credits)

Healthcare Entrepreneurship (2 credits)

Systems Thinking: Uncertainty, Data & Judgment (2 credits)

Semester 4

Conflict Resolution by Negotiation (2 credits)

Corporate Finance II (2 credits)

Executive Team Consulting Project (2 credits)

State Health Policy (2 credits)

Healthcare Technology and Information Systems (1 credits)

Healthcare Innovation (2 credits)

Power & Influence: Beyond Formal Authority (1 credits)

Leadership Coaching (1 credit)

Total Credits: 63