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Tailor Your Education

When you enroll in the Sloan Program, all the resources you would expect from a top-ranked MHA program are available to you, in part because you have access to courses throughout Cornell.

We will encourage you to supplement your core health management curriculum with classes outside Sloan so that you can tailor your graduate education to your personal interests and career goals.

Many Sloan students customize their curriculum for opportunities in hospital management, policy, insurance, consulting, biotechnology, information technology, entrepreneurship, and planning and design. Having this flexibility, will give you a competitive edge when you enter the job market and will prepare you for the growing complexity of the health care sector.

  • At the Johnson Graduate School of Management, you might be interested in courses on corporate finance, leadership, management consulting or supply chain management analytics.
  • The Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, a collaboration between Cornell’s Hotel School, Sloan Program, and Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, is the first institute in the world applying ideas from hospitality and evidence-based design to improve patient experiences and health outcomes. Students can take courses, attend workshops, roundtables, and participate in related research and internships.
  • At the School of Hotel Administration, you might supplement your learning with courses on quality systems and processes, advanced business modeling or services marketing.
  • At the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, you may take courses in organizational behavior, collective bargaining or nonprofit finance management.
  • And at the College of Engineering, you can learn more about systems engineering and Six Sigma.

What this means for you:

YOU have the flexibility to tailor your graduate education according to your personal interests and career goals. Sloan students customize their curriculum for opportunities in hospital management, policy, insurance, consulting, biotechnology, information technology, entrepreneurship and planning/design. These opportunities to customize and specialize give Sloan students a competitive edge in the job market. Cross-campus learning prepares future health care leaders for the complexity of the health care system and supports the mission of the College of Human Ecology: to improve the health and well-being of people.

To quote Cornell founder Ezra Cornell, “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.” His vision is alive and well after more than 150 years with over 4000 courses is the most comprehensive university in the Ivy League.

Innovative Curriculum:

Sample Sloan Curriculum Class of 23

Our two-year MHA offers students a rigorous management curriculum, unparalleled flexibility in selecting specialized courses based on career interests, and practical learning opportunities. Students are required to take 15 courses in key management disciplines, usually with a healthcare focus. Formal classes are complemented by a range of practical learning opportunities such as PLICs, intersession trips, the colloquium series, a summer internship, and the capstone course.

Your Cornell degree gives you the ability to lead and also to serve” Frank H T Rhodes former Cornell President. A sample curriculum you undertake and the competencies you master are available here:


Sloan Competency Model


1. Business writing skills

2. Presentation skills

Leadership Skills and Relationship Management

3. Leading, communication with, and managing others

4. Change management

5. Ability for honest self-assessment

6. Problem solving and decision making

7. Working in teams


8. Personal and professional ethics

9. Emotional intelligence and critical thinking

Knowledge of the Health Care Environment

10. Health care issues and trends

11. Health care legal principles

12. Health policy

13. Population health and the social determinants of health

14. Cultural competence

Business and Analytical Skills

15. Financial management and accounting

16. Organizational behavior and managing human resources

17. Strategic planning and analysis

18. Marketing

19. Information management

20. Operations management and quality and performance improvement

21. Quantitative skills

22. Planning and managing projects

23. Economic analysis and application