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New Global Executive MBA Program in Healthcare & the Life Sciences Launched by the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

August 15, 2017

Toron­to, ON – With the pace of change in health­care and the life sci­ences sec­tor accel­er­at­ing at unprece­dent­ed rates, a new Exec­u­tive MBA pro­gram from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Rot­man School of Man­age­ment aims to pre­pare work­ing pro­fes­sion­als in the sec­tor to lead their orga­ni­za­tions, busi­ness­es and health sys­tems.

The Glob­al Exec­u­tive MBA in Health­care & the Life Sci­ences is an 18-month pro­gram which offers an inno­v­a­tive cur­ricu­lum that com­bines core man­age­ment skills and prac­ti­cal engage­ment with deep self-devel­op­ment insights and strate­gic know-how, all designed for pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in the health­care and life sci­ences sec­tor. The pro­gram, which begins in 2018, will be deliv­ered in five mod­ules, three in Toron­to, one in the San Fran­cis­co Bay area and one in Sin­ga­pore. The pro­gram is designed for expe­ri­enced mid-to-senior pro­fes­sion­als (man­agers, admin­is­tra­tors, clin­i­cians, and sci­en­tists) from life sci­ence firms, ser­vice deliv­ery orga­ni­za­tions, and agen­cies around the world who seek to advance their lead­er­ship careers.

“The pro­gram will focus on the most effec­tive ways of orga­niz­ing indus­tries, whether in the pub­lic sec­tor or the pri­vate sec­tor to deliv­er the best health­care and to make it more afford­able,” says Prof. Bri­an R. Gold­en, Vice-Dean, MBA Pro­grams who holds the San­dra Rot­man Chair in Health Sec­tor Strat­e­gy at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to & The Uni­ver­si­ty Health Net­work and is the co-aca­d­e­m­ic direc­tor of the pro­gram.

“The health and life sci­ences sec­tor is the most impor­tant indus­try in the world. Glob­al­ly it has a huge impact on eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment and a huge impact on human life. Our new pro­gram will teach gen­er­al man­age­ment and lead­er­ship skills, with direct appli­ca­tion to peo­ple work­ing in life sci­ences and health­care,” says Prof. William Mitchell, who holds the Antho­ny S. Fell Chair in New Tech­nolo­gies and Com­mer­cial­iza­tion and is a co-aca­d­e­m­ic direc­tor of the pro­gram.

The pro­gram lever­ages the strengths of the Rot­man School with its lead­er­ship in health­care man­age­ment research through its Cen­tre for Health Sec­tor Strat­e­gy, led by Prof. Gold­en, as well exist­ing con­nec­tions with the wider Uni­ver­si­ty and the glob­al health­care com­mu­ni­ty includ­ing the prox­i­mate­ly to Toronto’s med­ical dis­cov­ery dis­trict. The Cen­tre, in part­ner­ship with Rot­man Exec­u­tive Pro­grams, is Canada’s lead­ing aca­d­e­m­ic provider of health­care exec­u­tive pro­grams, and offers health sec­tor pro­grams, which equip pro­fes­sion­als with the knowl­edge and busi­ness skills to lead and man­age their orga­ni­za­tions effec­tive­ly in a com­plex field that is con­stant­ly evolv­ing.

The Rot­man School cur­rent­ly offers a major in Health Sec­tor Man­age­ment for stu­dents in the School’s Full-Time, Morn­ing and Evening MBA pro­grams. It focus­es on man­age­ment in health care deliv­ery sys­tems, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and biotech­nol­o­gy sales and mar­ket­ing, life sci­ences prod­uct com­mer­cial­iza­tion, and relat­ed con­sult­ing and finan­cial indus­tries. The major also intro­duces stu­dents to var­i­ous reg­u­la­to­ry bod­ies and pro­ce­dures in the health sec­tor.

The new pro­gram also con­tin­ues the Rot­man School’s record of pio­neer­ing new ini­tia­tives in exec­u­tive edu­ca­tion as the home of Canada’s first Exec­u­tive MBA and first Glob­al Exec­u­tive MBA pro­grams.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion is avail­able online.

The Rot­man School of Man­age­ment is locat­ed in the heart of Canada’s com­mer­cial and cul­tur­al cap­i­tal and is part of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, one of the world’s top 20 research uni­ver­si­ties. The Rot­man School fos­ters a new way to think that enables our grad­u­ates to tack­le today’s glob­al busi­ness and soci­etal chal­lenges.  For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it


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Ken McGuf­fin
Man­ag­er, Media Rela­tions
Rot­man School of Man­age­ment
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
Tel: 416–946-3818