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Healthcare Management Initiative

Programmes - Healthcare Management Initiative

INSEAD's contribution to the healthcare sector is strengthened by its portfolio of MBA and Executive Education courses. The goal in this domain is to support current and future leaders in global healthcare organisations to develop new approaches and to innovate healthcare delivery activities so as to create measurable and sustainable improvements for patients. We deliver the following MBA and and Executive Education courses focused on health across our three campuses in Europe, Asia and Middle East.


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Master Strategist Day

At INSEAD, the work of “advancing business as a force for good” starts in the classroom, where an innovative approach to teaching prepares students to transform business and society in novel ways. The Master Strategist Day (MSD) serves as a prime example. This unique full day event, held with a real-life not-for-profit organisation, is part of the core strategy class. Twice a year, over 500 MBA students across Fontainebleau and Singapore campuses are presented with a challenge and offered the opportunity to practice strategy. Mentored by senior strategy professionals, participants compete and support others to analyse the organisation and suggest strategic options to achieve its goals. A finalist team from each section presents its recommendations to a panel of judges comprised of faculty from different disciplines across the school and senior executives from the organisation.The MSD event is appreciated by both students as well as the target organisation. In recent years, MSD has focused on various not-for-profits in health as well as organisations pursuing socially responsible initiatives, including Unjani Clinics NPC, Almouneer Diabetic Eye Care Clinics, and Banlieues Santé, MiracleFeet, Maio Biodiversity Foundation, Nabta Health, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Victory Farms and Access Afya.
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Business as a Force for Good Practicum

The idea of business as an agent of change and a purveyor of positive values is gaining traction and legitimacy around the world. Can we use the power of business to address the world’s most pressing challenges? Can we use the wealth of knowledge and experience that has accumulated as a result of decades of research in business and management to produce positive outcomes for society?Another dimension was added to Master Strategist Day in 2019. MBAs bid for a ‘Business as a Force for Good Practicum’ as a part of their electives that involves hands-on work with organisations that are the focus of Master Strategist Day. Students identify knowledge gaps which are critical to the execution of the company’s strategy, operations and marketing plans, and work on-site with the staff for a week to address them and to help further advance the organisation's goals.
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Creating Value in Health

Creating Value in Health (CVH) is an elective course that explores the complex context of health care delivery, and critical challenges with implications for the whole health care value chain (providers, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, entrepreneurs, payers, and policy) as well as approaches to improving value: Health outcomes that matter to patients in a financially sustainable way.

Pharmaceutical Marketing

This elective provides students with an understanding of the prescription pharmaceutical industry, the context in which it is operating, and concepts for marketing decision making in different phases of the category and product life cycle, to enhance their ability for effective marketing decision making in the industry. 

Neuroscience for Business (Neuro4B)

Breakthroughs in neuroscience measurement, computation and artificial intelligence have accelerated basic research and created major applications for business. This course helps future business leaders to understand some fundamental facts and misconceptions about the brain, analyze the difference between "neuro-reality" from "neuro-hype", assess the market potential of a neuroscience-based innovation, and judge the consequences of Neuro4B for customer data privacy and protection.

The Body Business: Understanding Food & Well-Being

The Body Business elective course helps students understand the rules of the large, growing, and profitable body business. From identifying business opportunities, to developing marketing strategies and thinking about how to implement them, it addresses anyone interested in working in the food and well-being sector, but also in the related sectors of beauty, hospitality, health care, and pharma.

Thoughtful Consumption

Transforming companies to integrate business performance and societal progress considering sustainability is an as important as challenging topic for executives. The goal of this elective is to discuss possible options that companies are having to increase thoughtful consumption and moderate unthoughtful consumption based on recent findings in behavioral and brain science and what challenges companies are facing.

Executive Education

Past Programmes

Middle East Health Leadership Program

The Middle East Health Leadership Programme (MEHLP), extended the successes of the previously taught European Health Leadership Programme (EHLP) to the INSEAD Abu Dhabi Campus for the first time from February 2008. For those of you interested in EHLP, we recommend that you consider MEHLP or IHT as well as STICH programmes (listed below). The MEHLP provides leadership, decision making, process excellence, quality management, and health care service innovation concepts to a select group of health leaders. The programme currently has a large alumni network consisting of leaders working in and around the Middle East. 

Participant profile: Participants will be high-potential individuals with at least 4 to 10 years’ management experience. Successful candidates will be senior managers in health care organisations (excluding commercial health care suppliers) who have already demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities, who personally wish to advance and who are considered by their organisation as capable of occupying positions of increased responsibility in the future. Past participants come from a range of nationalities and backgrounds, including chief medical officers, heads of nursing, department heads, health care insurance providers and government policy makers. At minimum, a bachelor’s degree is required.


Innovating Health for Tomorrow 

The Innovating Health for Tomorrow program (IHT), launched in 2012, is designed for senior level world leaders working in multi-stakeholder environments related to health care delivery and community wellness. The course, offered on France campus, aims to equip participants to be more innovative and to support those around them to be innovative with a goal of cultivating their passion for innovation and to help rethink how care and wellness are approached.

Participant profile: This programme is designed for a cross-section of professionals who can influence healthcare at a regional, national or local level. Most participants are expected to hold senior executive and/or entrepreneurial positions in organisations such as:

Public-sector providers of public, primary or acute care 
Public-private partnerships in healthcare
NGOs focusing on healthcare (or community development where health plays a major role)
Private healthcare providers
Government healthcare insurance agencies, assessment departments or policy units 
Academic clinicians
Professional medical or patient advocacy organisations

Participants not suitable for the programme include those who work for: pharmaceutical or medical device companies; consulting firms in the health sector; and private, for-profit health insurance companies.Participants will typically have 5 to 10 years of management experience or more. They should already have demonstrated leadership and innovation qualities. Their organisations should also consider them capable of holding positions of increased responsibility in the future. They must have strong command of the English language, which is the language of instruction for all pedagogical materials. Last but not least, participants must commit to participating in both modules, contributing constructively during modules, innovating between modules and sharing updates with other participants in a spirit of open-source innovation.


Strategic Innovation for Community Health

The Strategic Innovation for Community Health program (STICH), held in Abu Dhabi since 2011, is designed for senior health care professionals working in areas of chronic diseases and family medicine across the Middle East. STICH offers insights and thinking about innovation as a discipline, the innovation of health care, prevention services, the effective implementation and adaptation of strategy and new approaches to "systems thinking". 

Participant profile: Strategic Innovation for Community Health (STICH) is designed for leaders in primary care, public health or chronic disease care. Successful candidates will have been trained as doctors, nurses, health educators or other health professionals but have subsequently become senior or high-potential managers in health care delivery organisations in the Middle East. Participants typically:

Are senior or high-potential managers in healthcare services
Have 3-8 years of management experience
Are recognised to be capable of occupying positions of increased responsibility, particularly with respect to innovation.

Participants typically hold titles such as Public Health Strategy Development Officer; Director of Nursing; Director of Primary Care; Senior Regional Officer of Public Health; Senior Specialist of Family Medicine; District Director or Director, Primary Care.


Entrepreneurs in Clinical Academia 

Entrepreneurs in Clinical Academia (ECA) is an initiative from the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) offering medical academics in Europe the chance to discover more about the drug development process and how to get the most out of research. It is supported by Celgene and delivered by INSEAD. 

Customised Programmes

We leverage our business expertise in health to design custom programmes aimed at specific needs of organisations such as:

  • Pharmaceutical, medical device and other R&D firms
  • Healthcare delivery firms across private and public sectors
  • Government healthcare authorities


Recent examples of INSEAD partnerships include: 



Participants' testimonials

Middle-East Health Leadership Programme 

Innovating Health for Tomorrow

Strategic Innovation for Community Health