Health Care

  • Darden’s case method teaching style and general management curriculum equip students to think creatively and strategically about current and emerging issues in the health care industry.

    In the First Year, Darden teaches students core managerial concepts in operations, strategy, finance, leadership and ethics. In the Second Year, students are encouraged to explore their own interests, pursuing opportunities that enable them to apply their understanding of business to the changing landscape of the health care industry.

    Darden graduates are prepared to lead in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology and health services sectors as well as in health-care related pursuits in consulting, banking, venture capital and entrepreneurship.

    Elective Courses

    Please note: courses are subject to change each year. Consult the course directory for the most up-to-date course offerings.

    For-Credit Projects

    During the Second Year of the MBA program students can design a project (known as a Darden Business Project) and earn course credit. Here are two examples of projects completed by students with an interest in health care:

    • Quality Management and Process Improvement in a Healthcare Setting: Emergency Department and Overcrowding - This project focused on the activities of a process improvement team, the core set of process improvement tools used by the team, and how the team functions as part of a holistic quality management philosophy.
    • Helping the Elderly: Establishing a Private Medical Practice - This project researched the various business factors involved in establishing a private medical practice.

    Selected Seminars Offered Across UVA

    • Global Health Law and Policy
    • Health Care Marketplace: Competition, Regulation, and Reform
    • Germs, Guns, and Lead: Public Health Law and Policy

    Health Care Dual Degrees

    The University of Virginia has one of the top medical schools and health care systems in the country. Darden has three health care dual degrees:

    • MBA/MD
    • MBA/MPH
    • MBA/MSN

    Organizations of Interest

    • The Darden Health Care Club is committed to providing career search support and networking opportunities in the health care field, as well as providing members with various opportunities to learn more about the important issues unique to this dynamic industry.
    • The Institute for Business in Society (IBiS) is a Darden Center of Excellence that aims to be a leading global catalyst and convener of thought, information, and action at the interface of business and society, and to promote the development of leaders who positively impact society through business. IBiS supports research and teaching initiatives in the health-care space, as well as interdisciplinary University events surrounding health care and the life sciences.


    Still have questions? Feel free to contact the following students and alumni to ask specific questions about energy at Darden or in their careers. For additional contacts, please visit the Darden Student and Alumni Ambassadors list.

    Kate Gordon Murphy (MBA '12)

    Undergraduate education: Mount Holyoke College
    Undergraduate major: Economics
    Company: Accenture
    Job Function: Strategy Consulting
    Current Location: Charlottesville, VA
    Current Project: Building and managing diabetes pilots to beta test elements of the future Diabetes Program at a top 10 health system on the West coast.

    "Darden's general management curriculum prepared me to think strategically through our client's problems and the wider market changes occurring in the healthcare industry, structure these opportunities in a way that leads to action and results, and work with clinicians and executives to gain support for the initiative."

    Elizabeth Cundari (MBA '08)

    Undergraduate education: University of Virginia
    Undergraduate major: Biology
    Company: Campbell Alliance
    Role: Senior Consultant, Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industries
    Current location: New York, NY

    "My Darden experience was a highly effective training ground for my current role as a management consultant in the health care industry. The case method developed my critical thinking skills and taught me a systematic approach to problem solving which is especially important in my project work when developing solutions to complex problems with imperfect information. I also took advantage of every health care specific class offered at Darden which applied the case method to today’s most pressing challenges."