University of Texas at Austin
Health Innovation Fellows class of 2020

Health Care Innovation Fellows

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

The Future of Health Care

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America needs better health care, and we want to be part of making that vision a reality.

Through hands-on exposure to current challenges in the rapidly changing healthcare industry, the Texas McCombs Health Innovation Fellows seek to help Texas MBAs discover opportunities to positively impact the future of care.

We engage with leaders and innovators across the spectrum of industry, from bio and health tech to payers, providers, and more. Together, we discover where opportunities exist - and where they can be made.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Texas MBA Health Innovation Fellows is to promote the McCombs School of Business as a place that produces leaders with the capability to impact the health care industry through innovation and leadership. When people think of innovation and healthcare, we want them to think innovation + healthcare = McCombs.

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.

School Objectives

  • Develop increased recruiting interest in Texas McCombs MBA students for health care, with both large, established members of the healthcare industry and the burgeoning biotech and life sciences scene in Austin.
  • Demonstrate dedication to developing innovators and entre- and intrapreneurs in health care.
  • Attract the best and brightest future Texas MBA students interested in health care.
  • Attract the best and brightest from UT's Dell Medical School to join the MD/MBA program.
  • Leverage the program’s accomplishments to elevate the overall industry and academic strength of Texas McCombs.


MBA Healthcare Concentration

Innovation, Ecosystem, Analytics

The Texas McCombs full-time MBA Healthcare Concentration includes a four-class series in healthcare innovation, analytics, and ecosystem taught by award-winning Texas McCombs faculty, one in partnership with The University of Texas Dell Medical School's Texas Health Catalyst incubator, and an innovation and entrepreneurship course in the UT College of Pharmacy, in partnership with their Drug Dynamics Institute.

The Core

  • Health Care Technology Commercialization (Practicum with Texas Health Catalyst)
  • The Health Care Business Ecosystem
  • Healthcare Technology Innovation

Additional healthcare-related courses:

  • INF 385N: Consumer Health Informatics (School of Information)
  • MKT 382.15: Marketing High-Tech Products
  • OM 386: Service Operations Management
  • N 395(F): Budget and Finance in Healthcare (School of Nursing)
  • Fundamentals of Health Innovations (School of Pharmacy)

Healthcare Concentration Details     Learn More about Texas MBA


Engage, Network, Succeed

Texas McCombs Health Innovation Fellows will have opportunities throughout the school year to develop their health care knowledge base, leadership skills, and marketing acumen beyond coursework and practicums. Some opportunities include:

  • Visit offices of different healthcare companies to learn more about the culture and opportunities available to MBAs
  • Attend HIF-sponsored networking opportunities with hiring companies
  • Dell Medical School collaborations, SXSW, case competitions, and more

HIF Members

Yousuf Ahmed headshot

Yousuf Ahmed

MBA '22

Eli August Headshot

Eli August

MBA '22

Luis Flores Castillo headshot

Luis Flores-Castillo

MBA '22

Rohan Diora headshot

Rohan Diora

MBA '22

Tom Fitzsimons headshot

Tom Fitzsimons

MBA '22

James Evans headshot

James Evans

MBA '22

Nicolas De Herrera headshot

Nicolas De Herrera

MBA '22

Payton hughes headshot

Payton Hughes

MBA '22

Priyanka Jagannathan headshot

Priyanka Jagannathan

MBA '22

Nicolas Kapecki headshot

Nicolas Kapecki

MBA '22

Marissa Klein headshot

Marissa Klein

MBA '22

Shilpi Patel headshot

Shilpi Patel

MBA '22

Catherine Post headshot

Catherine Post

MBA '22

Elaine Ramirez Headshot

Elaine Ramirez

MBA '22

Nicholas Schneider headshot

Nicholas Schneider

MBA '22

Matthew Seghers headshot

Matthew Seghers

MBA '22

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Alejandra Tarquino

MBA '22