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.
“The flexibility afforded our students in pursuing coursework across the myriad disciplines offered at Cornell was instrumental in helping me develop and refine the skills necessary to be a health care consultant.”
-Benjamin Tudor ’16
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.
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.
“The Senior Living course designed by Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures and Sloan provide a holistic view of the industry, exploring both a business perspective — how real estate developers and senior living operators collaborate — and an operational perspective — how to care for elderly patients who have diverse health needs and socioeconomic backgrounds. It also helped inspire me to pursue an atypical career path.”
-Hongwei Wang, ’18
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:
Sample Sloan Curriculum Class of 23
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
19. Information management
20. Operations management and quality and performance improvement
21. Quantitative skills
22. Planning and managing projects
23. Economic analysis and application