The Business of Healthcare

With a greater than $3 trillion spend each year, the U.S. health-care sector is equivalent to the fifth-largest economy in the world.

The sheer size and complexity of health care in the U.S. and in the larger global economy has created a critical need for innovation — to improve health outcomes and to minimize inefficiency. To address these challenges, UNC Kenan-Flagler launched a Business of Health Care initiative, a pan-University effort that draws upon the wide health sciences strengths across campus, including our top-ranked schools of pharmacy, public health, nursing, dentistry, medicine and business. “To my knowledge, there’s no other business school that has built bridges across campus with a medical complex and top-ranked schools that are as strong as ours to establish a business of health care that I believe can be second to none in the world,” said Dean Shackelford.

Through this initiative, UNC Kenan-Flagler seeks to prepare students for transformational careers in health care, equipping them with the vision and skills to effect continuous improvement in the delivery of health care. Through continued collaboration both within UNC and across many industry partners, UNC Kenan-Flagler will set itself apart as one of the top destinations for the business of health-care education and thought leadership. This initiative will allow Carolina to further distinguish itself as a place where cross-disciplinary collaboration flourishes in solving some of the biggest health-care challenges of our time.

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