HSM Facts and Figures

HSM Facts & Figures

HSM Background 

The Duke MBA Health Sector Management (HSM) program at The Fuqua School of Business is the oldest and largest health management program among top U.S. business schools. Duke University has educated professionals in the administration of hospitals, health systems, and health-related organizations since Duke Hospital opened in 1930. The Master’s of Health Administration was introduced in 1962 and offered until 1986, when core courses were moved to Fuqua. The HSM program was introduced into Fuqua’s MBA curriculum in 1991.

The HSM program has grown from 20 to 400 students and 1,500 alumni. HSM’s interdisciplinary curriculum explores all segments of the health sector, including pharmaceutical, biotech, device, diagnostics, payer, provider, global health, health policy and health law. 


HSM certificates are offered across Fuqua's world-class MBA degree programs:

Admission Requirements 
  • Interested students apply to their MBA program of choice and outline their interest in HSM as part of the application. Once admitted to the Fuqua MBA program, students are automatically admitted to HSM. Learn more

  • While many HSM students have prior experience in the health sector, the program is open to all students; many enroll in HSM in order to transition into health care.
Student Profile 
  • HSM is one of the largest health industry concentration among top U.S. business schools, enrolling nearly 400 students each academic year.

  • Students have a wide variety of backgrounds, including biotechnology, consulting, research and development, engineering, and provider systems. 

  • Daytime MBA students generally have an average of five years of work experience, and approximately half have worked in health care.

  • Cross Continent MBA students generally have six years of work experience and are on average 30 years of age.

  • Weekend Executive MBA students generally have 10 years of work experience and are on average 35 years of age.
  • Global Executive MBA students generally have 14 years of work experience and are on average 39 years of age.

  • International students make up between one quarter and one half of the student body.
HSM Faculty 

The award-winning Duke MBA Health Sector Management (HSM) faculty are recognized internationally as innovative thought leaders and researchers across the health care spectrum. In addition to their affiliation with Fuqua, many hold joint appointments with the Duke schools of medicine, law, public policy, environment and engineering, and are affiliated with a variety of health-related organizations worldwide. HSM also calls on numerous adjunct faculty and executives-in-residence to lend their expertise to the program.

HSM core courses provide broad and deep knowledge across a range of topics. Select courses include:

  • Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Strategy
  • Health Care Markets
  • Health Law & Policy
  • Medical Device Strategy
  • Health Institutions, Systems and Policy
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Duke University Hospital Experiential Learning Projects
  • Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum
  • Health Care Provider Strategy
  • Seminars in Healthcare


Experiential Learning 

Multiple hands-on learning opportunities within health care, in addition to traditional classes, offer avenues for corporate engagement and professional growth. Experiential learning can be pursued via:

  • Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP)
  • Mentored and Independent Studies
  • Duke University Medical Center

  • Duke Schools of Medicine Law, Public Policy, Environment and Engineering
  • Duke Center for Healthcare Informatics
  • Duke Global Health Institute
  • Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School
  • Duke Clinical Research Institute
  • Duke New Ventures Clinic
  • Industry Conferences and Meetings
  • Health Care Club and Other Student-Run Clubs
  • Organizations Based at Research Triangle Park