University of Texas at Austin
Students in the Business of Healthcare Certificate Program during presentations
Exec Dir Elizabeth Teisberg of the Value Institute pictured with prospective students for the new Masters of Science in Health Care Transformation.

Healthcare Innovation Initiative

Business of Healthcare

Our undergraduate Business of Healthcare certificate is now the 2nd largest certificate program at UT with students from all over campus!


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Change Agents Wanted

Working health care professionals: Earn your MS in Health Care Transformation (MSHCT) degree in just one year!


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McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Health Care + Innovation = McCombs

We're lucky to live in a city like Austin, where everything still seems possible - even a better health care system.

We care about the people of Texas and about doing real work to make an actual difference in their lives, from the future generations we teach to the community we serve. And we measure our success by the contributions we make to society and the world at large.

Aerial image of downtown Austin, Texas with river to the left. Taken in 2016.

Our Calling

We care about all people having access to safe, affordable health care. Our Value Institute for Health and Care with UT's Dell Medical School is changing the way we think about delivering care and building healthy lives with person-centered measurements for a better quality of life. 

Our work and mission are rooted in The Triple Aim: improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs. We do this by looking at systems improvement and innovation, improved teamwork and sensemaking, and tech that helps, not hinders, health care delivery, all while reducing waste and cost.

There are over 15 researchers on our faculty who are actively working in or interested in solving some of health care's biggest challenges.

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Human Centered. Future Focused.

 

Our Students

Our Students

They're What Change Looks Like

We're excited about the future. Pardon the pun, but we're feeling pretty bullish about it. Why? Our students.

A collage of students - on the far left, our Business of Healthcare Certificate students, in the center a group of students raising hookem horns, on the far right side our MBA Health Innovation Fellows

The Business of Healthcare

In 2016, we started the Business of Healthcare Certificate Program, open to all undergraduate majors, and in just two short years it has become the 2nd largest certificate on the 40 Acres. Our students are among the best and brightest on The University of Texas campus, and they are looking to make a difference. Future health care professionals in our program are getting an early exposure to the business side of their future from one of the top business schools in the country. Our students in business, liberal arts, communication, and engineering are learning about the health care ecosystem and the opportunities for innovation at every level of the system.

The Texas MBA Healthcare Concentration

Our Texas MBA Healthcare Concentration, part of the full-time Texas MBA program, focuses on innovation, ecosystem, and analytics. It includes three courses taught by award-winning Texas McCombs faculty, one in partnership with UT Dell Med's Texas Health Catalyst, and a pharma innovation and commercialization course in partnership with the College of Pharmacy's Drug Dynamics Institute.

MBA Healthcare Innovation Fellows

The Health Innovation Fellows provide an avenue for students to experience in-depth health care programming to dissect and debate the many complexities of the U.S. health care system beyond the classroom.

 

Campus to Community

Engaged, Involved

 

From left to right: Image of UT tower on sunny day, center - student community project presentations with students and Dr. Loescher, panoramic view of the city of Austin.

Campus to Community

We have over 17 community projects this semester that pair our best and brightest graduate and undergraduate students with local and regional health care providers to work on real-world issues in real-time. These providers include Dell Medical School, clinics around the state, Dell-Seton Medical Center and some of its clinics. Here's just a few of the projects we have going for Spring 2019:

  • Business analysis and market validation for an-home STI testing kits
  • Clinic evaluation and patient surveys
  • Safe sleep practices and patient observation
  • Opioid disposal and optimal opioid stewardship
  • Length of stay study
  • Patient outreach for HIV clinic change
  • Stroke treatment and evaluation

We are always on the lookout for real-world problems for our students to work on, either as practicum projects in our Healthcare Management or Social Entrepreneurship courses or as summer internships. 

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