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Program Structure

Participants complete the Executive MBA - Healthcare Leadership in a single year. The average time commitment is about 20 hours per week for readings and assignments, and most assignments relate directly to work participants perform on the job.

We convey a full degree in a shortened duration by catering to adult learning principles and projects. Prework covers the basic concepts, and we minimize lectures in favor of simulations, case studies and discussion exercises.

The program combines online learning sessions with four residence periods (RPs): three nine-day sessions on the University of Tennessee campus and one healthcare policy immersion trip to Washington, D.C.

Residence Periods

During the residence periods, participants take classes, meet with faculty advisors and leadership development coaches, and work on project teams with peers. One of the residence periods is a healthcare policy immersion seminar in Washington, D.C.

RP Example Schedule
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
A.M. Program introduction and Overview Financial Reporting Market-Focused Organizations Healthcare IT Cost of Capital and Capital Structure
Intro to Supply Chain
P.M. Strategic Planning Leadership Challenge Financial Reporting Value-Based Management Customer Value
Financial Decisions Healthcare Economics
  Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9  
A.M. Corporate Strategy Synthesis Prep Business Analytics & Statistics Healthcare Leadership  
Case Evaluation
P.M. Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare Synthesis Presentations Leadership Assessment    

Online Structure

Online distance learning sessions are held for two hours at two-week intervals. During sessions, faculty hold discussions incorporating students and answering questions about assignments. Sessions also often include guest speakers and participants communicate with each other and faculty between classes regarding assignments.

Guest Speaker Sample Topics:

  • Reimbursement models
  • Mergers and acquisitions in healthcare
  • Healthcare innovation
  • EMR systems implementations and challenges


Academic Year 2022

  • RP1: January 15 - 23
  • RP2: April 2 - 9 (policy immersion April 6-8)
  • RP3: Aug 6 - 14
  • RP4: December 1 - 9

Graduation ceremony: December 9

Assignment due dates and other important milestones will be provided during the first January residence session. While attendance is mandatory, Haslam faculty are committed to working with EMBA students to find a way to balance the program with work and family.