Experiential Opportunities

The MBA Healthcare Concentration reinforces and enhances the quality of its classroom curriculum with experiential opportunities for significant hands-on learning. For example, students are given the opportunity to interact with Emory’s acclaimed medical centers on administrative, marketing, financial, and management levels. Such experiences equip students with all the more insight, skill, and confidence needed for successful careers after graduation.

Past directed studies within Emory Healthcare have involved a number of departments at the Emory Clinic including the Department of Surgery and the General Internal Medicine Department. The project with the Department of Surgery involved developing selected surgical services performance improvement metrics; identifying and implementing strategies for long-term improvement in operating room utilization and efficiency in the perioperative arena. The project with the General Internal Medicine Department involved improving supply chain management of medical supplies and developing a spreadsheet model to create monthly flexible budgets for medical supplies and perform monthly medical supply variance analysis.

Below are more examples of our experiential activities:

Marcus Foundation

As part of Peter Roberts' Catalyzing Social Impacts class in Spring 2012, a team of 5 graduate business and public health students consulted with the Marcus Foundation to support its The Atlanta Jewish Gene Screen project. The Atlanta Jewish Gene Screen project is dedicated to the prevention of Jewish genetic diseases. Spearheaded by the Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases, it aims to build awareness among doctors, clergy and the broader community about nineteen preventable and often life-threatening diseases affecting individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. It also aims to reduce the occurrence of these genetic diseases by encouraging genetic screenings (performed in partnership with Emory's Genetics Laboratory) for targeted insured, uninsured and underinsured individuals in Atlanta.

The Marcus Foundation looked to the Goizueta team to evaluate the project and how it was being communicated, to develop a marketing plan to build greater awareness within the affected community, and to achieve higher screening rates among the affected population of more than 21,000 25 to 39 year-olds living in the Atlanta metro area. The Marcus Foundation hopes to create a replicable model that might be applied in other communities nationwide and to other genetic diseases. Based on the result of the team's project evaluation, the Marcus Foundation decided in July 2012 that they would not renew the grant with the Victor Center.

Social Enterprise @ Goizueta

Social Enterprise @ Goizueta has taken several groups of students to Nicaragua for the past 3 years to expose them to the many development challenges the region is facing and to engage them in discussions related to how business principles and market-based solutions can be applied to achieve meaningful societal impacts. Our travel experience and relationship with our partner, Comunidad Connect, are designed to impact the communities we visit beyond our brief visits. During our March 2012 trip with a group of MBA students, we began to develop a plan to build and support a health post in the small community of Los Robles, near Jinotega and Finca El Peten. After meeting with community members and health brigadistas in Los Robles, a Goizueta intern in Nicaragua developed a plan where residents in Los Robles would participate through a variety of projects to build a health post that would benefit the community. This work continues as Goizueta students develop a plan for financial support for the resources needed to complete the project.