Health Care Opportunities at HBS


If you’re passionate
about health care, HBS is the place to be. HBS is the perfect
place for somebody who’s interested in health care. To be honest, it
surprised me coming to HBS is that there were so many
people with a strong interest in health care. HBS has one of the greatest
concentrations of students studying health care
of any MBA program in the context of a premier
university, all in Boston, which is one of the epicenters
of health care and life sciences. There are lots of
programs, whether it be through the Health Care
Initiative or the Health Care Club or the Health
Care Conference to really dive into
the health care space. It’s been really awesome
for the first semester going through a number of
different health care cases. We’ve been able to reach out
to any of the faculty here or fellows who sit at
the i-lab to get advice on different parts of
our business model. And we’ve been able
to tap into some of our core competitive
set very easily. Here at the Health
Care Initiative, one of our priorities is to
create an interconnected health care community. And we do that by creating
opportunities across HBS, across the Harvard ecosystem,
and then beyond that. In addition to that,
being in the Boston area, there are a ton of
different biotech and health care-related startups
and big companies. People call it the
mecca of health care. All of that energy gets you
motivated to think about what you would do on your own. We are Gen F, and our goal is to
leverage the power of nutrition to improve health and
reduce health care costs. The Gen F team is a
terrific representation of the student body at HBS. They’re a cross-section
of different disciplines and backgrounds coming together
to focus on health care entrepreneurship. Gen F is a integrated set
of nutrition services. We want to solve obesity
through nutrition. We are very excited about
hosting the Business School Alliance for Health Care
Management case competition and having Gen F represent us. I first looked at it not
so much as a competition. It’s really a collection
of schools coming together to show varying perspectives. MBA students are thinking about
what makes a venture ultimately viable in the long term. And for people in
the medical space, that logic is not front of mind. One of the most surprising
things about HBS is that there is such a
critical mass of students, faculty, and alumni
focused on health care. Nearly 10% of students take
jobs in health care every year. There are over 100 faculty
qualifications in the sector annually. [MUSIC PLAYING] This is a really
awesome place to be if you want to try and move the
needle within the health care space.

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