The Program

What are the goals and objectives of the program?

The Master of Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS) program brings a unique combination of academic strengths to bear on one of the most complex, exciting, and difficult challenges of our time: the transformation of health care delivery. The MHCDS program will enable participants to lead value-enhancing change within their organizations and across the health care industry by drawing on the expertise in health care delivery and management science of The  Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

What will I gain from participating in the program?

Participants will learn to apply the findings and methods of cutting-edge TDI research on such issues as small area variation, clinical microsystems, and shared decision making to their organizations to improve the value of health care services provided. They will acquire best-in-class management training from the Tuck School in leadership and teamwork, finance, economics, and operations and learn to apply that training to improve the efficiency and efficacy of the health care system. Participants will receive coaching and mentoring as they put their learning to work in a high-visibility Action-Learning Project, often within their own organizations. Finally, participants will prepare for long-term success through the development of a Personal Leadership Plan.

What is the benefit for my organization?

By sending a team of two to five participants to the MHCDS program, organizations will proactively develop a leadership base equipped with the comprehensive skill set to navigate the changing landscape of health care. They will create the human capital to advance their organizational mission through value- based improvement. Organizations receive an immediate return on investment through the Action-Learning  Project and a longer-term benefit from building the organization’s capacity for continual improvement. In addition, sending organizations will become part of a global network of innovative health care leaders.

What are you looking for in student? In a team?

The Master of Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS) program is designed for health care leaders and emerging leaders. We seek to develop the next generation of leaders in health care delivery—leaders who can apply knowledge to continuously improve the efficiency, efficacy, and value created in health care delivery systems. We also welcome  applicants from  related fields, including health care consultants, medical educators, U.S. military personnel, and managers from health-related industries (health information technology, insurance, human resources, and benefit design). We believe organizations will realize the most value from sending a team of two to five participants, all of whom have leadership responsibility. Team members should have demonstrated academic excellence, workplace accomplishments, and interpersonal  skills, and should represent a diversity of functional skills, experience, and viewpoints.

Will I need to take time off from my job?

The MHCDS program is designed for working professionals. There will be four residential periods, spaced evenly throughout the 18-month program. The first residential period will be two weeks long; the second and third periods will be five days each, and the last is ten days. The online portion of the program is designed to require an average of 15 hours per week.

Where do students stay when they are in residence at Dartmouth? 

The MHCDS program handles student housing arrangements for the residential sessions.   During the first session (July), the new cohort stays on-campus in an executive residential hall adjacent to the Tuck School of Business.  Housing for the second, third, and fourth residential sessions are arranged for students at the Hanover Inn.  Charges for accomodations are billed seperately as a flat per-night fee, based on location.

How can I apply?

Please visit the Apply page of this website.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition and fees for the class of 2020 is $108,375 for the entire 18-month program. We recommend a total budget of $116,000 for tuition and fees plus textbooks and housing/living expenses during residential periods in Hanover, New Hampshire.