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IDC Partners with Sheba Medical Center for MBA in Healthcare Innovation

A unique new MBA program will provide future healthcare industry leaders with the skills to address the challenges and complexities of modern healthcare.

Prof. Varda Liberman. Photo by Gadi Dagon​​​
Prof. Varda Liberman. Photo by Gadi Dagon​​​

In a bid to provide future healthcare industry managers with the tolls to address the challenges and complexities of modern healthcare, an exciting new MBA program is being launched by IDC Herzliya’s Arison School of Business in partnership with the Chaim Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.

The unique one-year MBA in Healthcare Innovation is designed for professionals from Israel and abroad who are interested in healthcare management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and will begin in the 2018-2019 academic year.

“There is an immediate need to face and resolve challenges such as skyrocketing healthcare costs, sub-optimal quality of care, and being more patient- and person-centered”, said program head Prof. Varda Liberman. “This requires a complete redesign that will necessitate innovative multidisciplinary solutions leveraging technology, science, information systems and national policy.”

Dr. Nathalie Bloch

Liberman said the program aims to prepare future healthcare industry leaders to develop solutions and address significant changes in the technological, scientific, pharmaceutical, digital, and policy arenas. It will also address the growing global need for emergency and disaster management, she said.

“The program brings together all the unique advantages of Israeli innovation to provide the tools and skills necessary to understand the complexity of the healthcare world today, with an emphasis on exposing the students to innovative thinking and entrepreneurship”, Liberman said.

Dr. Nathalie Bloch, head of the Innovation Center at Sheba Medical Center, said that by being exposed to cutting-edge innovations at Israel’s largest hospital, students will receive the knowledge they need to have an impact on the healthcare industry. “Healthcare is changing”, Bloch said. “This program has been established to train those who will lead the changes, and by focusing on innovation, the program aims to give future leaders the tools to think outside the box.”

A highlight of the program will be a hands-up practicum in innovation and entrepreneurship during which students will be placed at Israeli healthcare organizations, medial startups, public companies, medical accelerators and NGOs.

Bloch, who is head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship track and the practicum, said the students will have the change to apply the theories they learn in the classroom to real-world problems, with close mentoring and guidance.

Students in the program will study three core areas: business administration, healthcare management, and innovation and entrepreneurship. Guest lecturers will include speakers from Ivy League universities and industry experts.

The program will also offer an optional one-week study trip to Boston, where students will meet with leaders from the Harvard Medical School’s innovation program, local healthcare organizations, and the MassChallenge accelerator.

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