An innovative health care degree designed for busy, successful professionals

MHCDS students are attracted to the program because they want to do more.  They have demonstrated leadership skills and are ready to take on new and greater responsibilities, but know they need additional capabilities and education to succeed. Each is drawn to a curriculum that develops these skills within the specific culture and challenges of health care. What they find at Dartmouth is world-class instruction in those areas critical for effective leadership in their organizations and in the redesign of health care delivery. The Master of Health Care Delivery Science program provides an opportunity for students to develop themselves more broadly as leaders and innovators and offers actionable skills to address specific issues of health care delivery.

A diverse student population with the leadership potential and drive to affect change in their organizations and beyond

Dartmouth’s MHCDS brings together the best minds at the intersection of business and medicine and equips them to think and act strategically to improve health care delivery. With that goal in mind, the MHCDS program is highly applicable for a diverse group of current and future leaders in the health care industry, including:


Physicians who want to take on greater leadership roles in their organization and need additional skills (business skills) to compete for those jobs, benefit greatly from the MHCDS program. To lead in today's health care industry, having excellent clinical skills is not sufficient. Physician leaders must also know finance, economics, health policy, data analytics, and a host of other management and leadership skills that are not taught in medical school in order to effectively lead their organizations.

Health Care Administrators & Executives

The MHCDS degree supports health care administrators who understand the finance and operational levers of an organization and want a deeper understanding of how to develop and support the best care for patients. In order to advance their careers, executives must understand how to link the clinical, financial, and operational strategies of the organization in order to thrive in the current environment.

Health Insurance Executives (Payers)

Health insurance executives are no longer simple gatekeepers, achieving profits by denying care or claims. Industry leaders are rapidly evolving into true partners with providers in order to achieve their shared goals of better patient outcomes and lower costs. Understanding the impact of economic incentives and how to align them with physicians and administrators in provider organizations is a key benefit of MHCDS to leaders at payer organizations of all sizes.

Policy Makers

Policy makers at the state and national level benefit not only from the structured learning but also from the real world perspective (or unintended consequences) they can gain from the physicians, administrators, and payers who live with policy decisions. Policy leaders are besieged every day by lobbyists and other influencers seeking benefit for their narrow causes. Understanding how policy truly unfolds on the ground makes policy makers more effective in parsing those narrow benefits from the broader ones that benefit all citizens.

Other Health Care Industry Leaders

Health care leaders from other sectors including Health IT, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, health law, and consultants all benefit from the MHCDS program as well. Advanced knowledge and skills from the MHCDS curriculum are one key benefit, but the granular knowledge of how health care delivery, often their customer base, really works as well as a broad network of leaders from that sector is a differentiator.

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MHCDS Student and Alumni Profiles

Stat: 75% of MHCDS students work on the front lines of health care delivery

MHCDS Participants:

Hospital executives
Government health officials
Nurse Leaders
Insurance executives
Health policy analysts
Military officers
U.S. Senate staffers
Health IT leaders
Pharmaceutical and medical device executives

Stats: MHCDS students represent 15 countries and 44 U.S. states. They also have 23 average years of work experience. About 60 percent of MHCDS students are physicians.

Student Professional Titles

President and CEO
Chief medical officer
Chief financial officer
Chief transformation officer
SVP population health
General counsel
Section chief
Health policy director

Employer Organizations

Cambridge Health Alliance
Christiana Care
Cleveland Clinic
Geisinger Health
Intermountain Health
Iora Health
Northwell Health
Partners HealthCare
University of Iowa Health Care
Veterans Administration (VA)

Other industry participants include AmeriHealth, Cerner, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Medtronic, Optum, Roche, Siemens Healthcare, UnitedHealthcare, U.S. Navy Medicine (BUMED), U.S. Senate, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Take the Next Step in Transforming Your Career, Your Organization, and Health Care Delivery

Join a community of like-minded individuals who are as passionate as you are about driving innovation in order to transform not only your personal career but the health care delivery industry as a whole. Learn more about the MHCDS admission process or apply now to the program.