Health Care and Pharmaceuticals


Custom Programs for Your Team

Thriving in today’s $3.2 trillion health sector requires strategic agility as health care and pharmaceuticals leaders embrace innovation and patient-centered care in a time of dramatic shifts. Both pharma and health care organizations need to define new models and cultivate a performance-driven culture, in an environment that expects improved quality of care and access.

Wharton’s customized health care and pharmaceuticals programs provide your executive leadership teams with the latest strategies and business acumen to enhance decision making throughout your business, giving your organization a distinct competitive advantage so you can achieve better outcomes. Your executives will gain valuable business insight into new opportunities, while mastering the strategic thinking and plan-execution skills necessary to succeed in the pharma and health care arena.

The distinguished faculty at Wharton has deep industry experience in health care and engages with clients across the value chain in every health care sector. Wharton’s health care custom team includes experts in hospital management, corporate human resources and learning, payors, and more. Our collaborative approach drives results because of our dedication to your individual objectives and in-depth understanding of the markets you serve.

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Strategic Focus

Regardless of whether you are a pharma or health care organization, the challenges you face are unique. From launching a global drug to transforming your hospital into a performance-driven culture, Wharton can create a customized program to reflect your competitive issues in today’s complicated health care landscape.

Wharton provides your team with the insight and implementation skills to take your organization to the next level. In addition to providing you with a competitive advantage, your Wharton partners will serve as trusted advisors long term.

At Wharton, you will learn how to:

  • Develop a patient and customer-centricity strategy
  • Focus on strategic execution and value creation
  • Enhance understanding of health care sector consolidation and partnerships
  • Better manage stakeholder expectations

Thought Leadership and Solutions

We have partnered with a range of world-class companies and organizations to create transformative executive education experiences. Resulting programs leverage the vast resources, such as the research centers of the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania, to showcase powerful thought leadership, and provide solutions that can be implemented immediately.

Below are examples of a custom executive education solution:

Royal DSM

Royal DSM, a global life-sciences and materials-sciences company, sought to balance growth and sustainability. DSM called on Wharton Executive Education to create a custom leadership-development program that would foster sustainable innovation, cultivate talent, increase retention, and grow sales.

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Global Pharmaceutical Firm

A global pharmaceutical firm looked to Wharton Executive Education for a strategic consultation on the ways it had implemented patient-centered care. Wharton evaluated the firm’s successes, analyzed the link between financial performance and operations, and convened a group of experts from related industries to present to the firm’s top management. A question arose: was the company truly implementing its vision, or did the senior management team disagree about what “patient-centric strategy” really means? Working with Wharton faculty, the firm got its managers united about the new strategy and decided to create a new role, chief patient officer, to ensure that patient-centered care remained at the core of the firm’s operations.

Client Perspective

Wharton brought the perfect balance of academic rigor, practical advice, insights from finance experts, and inspirational talks and sessions. In addition, the great value and pleasure of interacting with my peers cannot be underestimated. We all had different backgrounds but similar and overlapping challenges, so we most definitely learned from each other.”

Daphne Adele Haas-Kogan, MD Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center; Professor of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School


David Asch

David Asch, MD, MBASee Faculty Bio

Professor of Medicine; Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy; Professor of Health Care Management; John Morgan Professor; Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions, The Wharton School; Senior Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Perelman School of Medicine

Research Interests: Clinician and patient decision making, health care management, health policy, medical ethics, physician executives, technology assessment, behavioral economics

Lawton Burns

Lawton R. Burns, PhDSee Faculty Bio

James Joo-Kim Professor; Professor of Health Care Management; Professor of Management; The Wharton School

Research Interests: Health care management, hospital-physician relationships, integrated health care

Guy David

Guy David, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Alan B. Miller Professor of Health Care Management; Chairperson, Health Care Management Department, The Wharton School; Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Applied microeconomics, emergency medical services, health economics, industrial organization, nonprofit organizations, post-acute care, regulation

Emanuel Ezekiel

Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor; Professor of Health Care Management, The Wharton School; Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Health policy, health care reform, medical ethics, drug pricing, transformations, bundled payments

Scott Harrington

Scott Harrington, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Alan B. Miller Professor; Professor of Health Care Management, Insurance and Risk Management, and Business Economics and Public Policy; Chairperson, Health Care Management Department, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Health care finance, health care reform, insurance economics

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