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MD/MBA in Health Management

Dear Applicants to the MD/MBA Program at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) - Heller School for Social Policy and Management,

TUSM is committed to curricular innovation and improvement, which is why we reorganized the MD curriculum in 2019 to center on the four-year integration of basic science, clinical science/medicine, healthcare delivery science, and personal and professional development.

For a multitude of reasons, including the complexity of the new MD curriculum, the desire of MD/MBA students for new initiatives and programming, and the School of Medicine’s priorities related to our new strategic plan (e.g., implementation of additional coursework related to racism and health inequity), TUSM has decided to redesign the MD/MBA program, most likely as a five-year experience. We have been working in an excellent partnership with the Heller School at Brandeis for nearly 26 years and will work with them on the redesign project.

TUSM and the Heller School are committed to providing our current MD/MBA students, including the incoming M25 class, with the full four-year curriculum experience as planned. The new MD/MBA model will be available to the M26 class. We will be launching a planning process in the coming academic year that will involve faculty, administrative leaders, current students, and alumni to provide insights and recommendations for the new model.

We invite you to contact us at with any questions or concerns.

21st-century health care professionals must be trained not only as outstanding clinicians but also as expert managers, innovative leaders, and entrepreneurial thinkers who can navigate — and improve upon — the system in order to better the lives of patients and their families. The MD/MBA in Health Management program allows for an intense, simultaneous study of medicine, business, and health care systems that will give you the tools you need to excel in an increasingly complex healthcare environment.

Social responsibility is central to health management; at Tufts, health policy is a critical focus of our program. That’s why we have partnered with Brandeis University’s Heller School, a premier business school focusing on social policy and health and human services management. This collaboration offers students a unique, interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes how health care and health care policy can respond to the changing needs of society.

Practical knowledge and real-world application of learning are fundamental to the MD/MBA program. Our professors bring extensive professional experience to their classes and often invite other working professionals as guest speakers. Students also work directly with executives and managers to conduct hands-on projects that explore cutting-edge health care.

If you're interested in speaking with a current MD/MBA student, please email us at