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Program schedule & delivery

15 months. 3 continents. The program is delivered in a blended model, with unparalleled peer-to-peer real-world learning.

The world: your classroom

The 15-month Global Executive MBA in Healthcare and the Life Sciences offers an innovative curriculum that combines core management skills and practical engagement with deep self-development insights and strategic know-how, all designed for the healthcare and life sciences sector.

"The program helps build the expertise needed to understand and shape healthcare systems around the world as demand for innovation, access and affordability for healthcare continue to evolve."

— Kevin A. Lobo, CEO, Stryker Corporation


Online (Synchronous) Classes every Saturday

The globally-oriented program emphasizes the best of health systems and business, leading strategic change, data-driven decision-making, and entrepreneurship and innovation. Faculty draw on research, industry examples, case studies, and guests from Canada and around the world to enhance the learning experience. Each module of the program involves on-site experiences with firms and organizations that are leading healthcare and life sciences innovation in multiple countries.

Program topics and courses

Program topics and courses

You’ll earn a top-tier MBA from one of the world’s leading business schools, with courses customized and designed for the healthcare and life sciences professional. The program’s 23 courses are structured in five modules. These include 14 core MBA curriculum courses (contextualized to the healthcare and life sciences sector) and nine sector-specific courses, plus optional extra courses with Rotman's Creative Destruction Lab.

The program is delivered in a flexible hybrid model of face-to-face and online learning. Online learning includes classes every Saturday as well as pre- and post-module work for the residency courses. Learners also work on assignments, group deliverables and exams.

Rotman employs diverse learning methods, including case studies, lectures, teamwork, online study, simulations and experiential learning. This ensures that the curriculum can respond to rapidly changing developments. Participants also bring their own workplace challenges into the classroom, and these become part of the discussion.

  • Strategy for Healthcare and the Life Sciences (HLS)
  • Health Sector Strategy and Organization
  • Personal Leadership
  • Decision-Making with Models and Data
  • Digital Health
  • Business Design Practicum
  • Accounting for HLS
  • Ethics for HLS
  • Marketing for HLS
  • Leadership Development Practicum
  • Finance for HLS
  • International Business in HLS
  • Strategic Change and Implementation for HLS
  • Quantitative Reasoning for Management in HLS
  • Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance for HLS
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Healthcare
  • Economics for HLS
  • Business Operations for HLS
  • Marketing and Behavioural Economics in HLS
  • Negotiations
  • Data Analytics
  • Capstone Project

Class sessions provide meaningful opportunities for leaders from across the healthcare and life sciences sector to learn about each other’s organizations, to develop networks, and to explore new ways to create the healthcare organizations and health systems of the future.

Creative Destruction Lab

Build something massive

Since its launch in 2012, the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) has become one of the world's fastest-growing venture labs, creating over $30 billion of equity. Early-stage ventures from all over the world apply to work with the CDL, with many coming out of the research programs of leading global universities. Selected MBA students, along with some of Canada's most successful entrepreneurs, play a vital role by providing strategic insights and business development support. Of particular interest to students is the CDL's health stream, focusing on science and technology solutions aimed at improving human health and wellness.

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Over $500,000 CAD available in scholarships for the 2025 intake.

Tip: Apply early to increase your chances of an entrance award.


Travel bursaries – The Rotman School offers $5,000 CAD travel bursaries to qualified applicants of the Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences. Inquire with a member of the admission team for more information.