Corporate Engagement


HSM Student Practicums

"The HSM program is a truly unique program that offers students a pragmatic view of the complex world of health care as well as connections to global thought leaders. Several CED member companies have found their best interns and employees from the program. The program does a great job of preparing students for the real world and engaging the community in providing a well rounded experience."

— Dhruv Patel CED, Senior Manager, Life Sciences Programs (Center for Entrepreneurial Development based in the Research Triangle Park)

HSM offers students opportunities to work on specific business projects with local, national, and global organizations. In line with the requirements of each organization, students conduct research and develop recommendations to a specific business challenge, gaining exposure to real-world health sector issues that complement their classroom experience. Companies also benefit from the perspective of students whose interests and qualifications align with their business needs, and from the opportunity to contribute toward training the next generation of health care leaders.

Example of a Successful Practicum

In 2010, a team of five Fuqua students partnered with a leading global pharmaceuticals company to plan the launch of a first-in-class biologic. Over a period of six weeks, the students researched and analyzed biologic products that were launched in the last few years and compiled a summary of learnings that they presented to senior level executives and marketing teams. The company then incorporated several of the students' recommendations in the product launch.

As a result of the successful completion of this project, the pharmaceutical company agreed to offer ongoing practicum opportunities to students enrolled in the HSM program, to recruit HSM MBA students for both internship and full-time positions, and to both sponsor and provide senior speakers at HSM-sponsored industry events and conferences.

Types of Engagement

"Never before in the history of our country has a segment of the economy responsible for 17% of the GDP undergone such extreme public scrutiny and calls for change as health care is today. With that national initiative, there is urgent need for physician leadership to help health care respond at a practice, institutional, community, and national level. The HSM program at Fuqua was flexible and invaluable in providing an introduction to basic business and management skills to busy practicing physicians ..." — Robert X. Murphy, Jr., M.D., Assistant Chief Medical Officer, Lehigh Valley Health Network-Muhlenberg

Health Sector Management (HSM) faculty and staff actively cultivate industry-wide collaboration and innovation in the global health care arena. Conferences, advisory board meetings, and executive education programs provide health care executives and policymakers with multiple opportunities to exchange insight, align academic offerings with industry needs, and interact with the next generation of health care leaders.

Industry events, practicums, internships and other learning experiences provide students with exposure to key health sector issues and industry leadership.

We invite our alumni, corporate partners, and recruiters to explore the many ways in which to partner with HSM and the new Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCi) program:

HSM industry conferences focused on health informatics, clinical outcomes, and medical devices have bolstered student recruitment activities and triggered actions that have reverberated throughout the health care community. To subscribe to our conference newsletters, or to serve as speaker, panelist, or sponsor, send an email to

Corporate partnerships are actively cultivated in the global health care arena. Industry conferences, advisory board meetings, and executive education programs invite health care executives and policymakers to exchange insights, align academic offerings with industry needs, and interact with the next generation of health care leaders. For students, these industry events, along with practicums, internships and other learning experiences, provide exposure to key health sector issues and industry leadership. Contact Terry Kale for additional information.

Student research and practicum opportunities allow students to identify solutions to real-world challenges as part of their learning experience. Learn more about our practicums or contact Terry Kale if a business issue would benefit from analysis by a student or a student team.

Corporate sponsorships provide high-visibility marketing opportunities and support HSM and MMCi academic offerings, conferences, events, student scholarships and programs, academic fellowships, and faculty positions. Contact Terry Kale for more information.

Customized executive education content focuses on the most relevant issues in the global health sector, enhancing functional skill sets and knowledge within organizational teams. Learn more about HSM’s Executive Education or contact Terry Kale for more information.

Health sector and health informatics advisory boards provide opportunities to shape educational offerings and to engage with current and future health care leaders. Learn more about the Health Sector Advisory Council (HSAC) and The Duke Center for Health Informatics Advisory Board, formed by Fuqua and the Duke Center for Health Informatics (D-CHI) in 2010.

Recruitment opportunities for internships or full-time positions can be facilitated via HSM. Contact Terry Kale for more information. For position postings or career forums, contact Fuqua's Career Management Center (CMC).

Student mentoring opportunities provide valuable learning experiences for executives and HSM and MMCi students. For more information about mentoring students whose interests align with yours, or to join the HSM or MMCi Alumni Mentor program, contact Terry Kale.

Corporate and individual donations support student scholarships and curricular and extracurricular offerings. Larger donations can support faculty and their research, helping to deepen Fuqua’s health sector thought leadership. Contact Terry Kale to explore how a gift can support HSM. 

Research projects can identify and validate key trends within the global health sector, and health-related organizations regularly collaborate with HSM faculty. Learn more about HSM faculty research.

Research Triangle Park serves as a catalyst for numerous collaborations between HSM and local biotech and pharmaceutical companies—from Fortune 100 multinational operations to university spin-outs and start-up operations. In addition, HSM partners with local industry organizations including CED (formerly The Council for Entrepreneurial Development), NCBIONorth Carolina Biotechnology Center and Triangle Global Health Consortium.