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Healthcare Management Initiative

The INSEAD Healthcare Management Initiative was founded in 1996, based on the belief that healthcare can be improved with the help of the right leadership, and insights grounded in evidence.


Our mission is to inspire current and future leaders to tackle healthcare challenges through scientific and innovative approaches that ultimately have the potential to make health systems more efficient and sustainable around the world. We do this by pursuing relevant research that can impact policy and practice, and by developing leaders with the skills for value-driven initiatives in health care.



Latest Research and News



What should we do about drug abuse?

Margaret Brandeau, Coleman F. Fung Professor of Engineering, Stanford University

November 3, 2016, Fontainebleau campus


Summary: In this talk Professor Brandeau will discuss several streams of her recent work applying mathematical models to evaluate policies for the control of drug abuse: a network model of disease spread by sexual contact and drug injection; evaluation of the costs and benefits HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis for injection drug users in the US; evaluation of portfolios of prevention and treatment programs for IDUs in the US; evaluation of opioid prescribing practices in the US; and evaluation of the health benefits of a diversion program for drug offenders in Seattle.


Creating Impact with Operations Research in Health

Margaret Brandeau, Coleman F. Fung Professor of Engineering, Stanford University

October 31, 2016, Fontainebleau campus


Abstract: OR-based analyses have the potential to improve decision making for many important problems in healthcare. However, scholars – particularly junior scholars – often avoid working on practical applications in health because promotion and tenure processes tend to value theoretical studies more highly than applied studies. This talk discusses the speaker’s experiences in using OR to inform and influence decisions in health and provides a blueprint for researchers who wish to find success by taking a similar path. We also suggest how journals, funding agencies, and senior academics can encourage such work by taking a broader and more informed view of the potential role and contributions of OR to solving health care problems.


New MBA Healthcare Courses


Creating Value in Health

The course explores the complex context of health care delivery, and critical challenges that the whole health sector (providers, pharma, medtech, policy, payers …) are thinking about to improve value: health outcomes that matter to patients in a financially sustainable way. Focus will be on how the care delivery system works, how efforts are being made to improve it, and how it might be changed for the better. We will be taking a business model innovation and process improvement perspective which will give key insights for those wishing to enter or go deeper into this sector. We will explore how management and medicine interact in the trenches in implementing real sustainable change.

Health Care Markets and Policy

The course examines key issues in health and health care economics and strategy across a number of jurisdictions. Topics include the market for medical care, the market for health insurance, the relationship between health care and the firm, physician payment, hospital delivery and competition, and inequality and health. The course will examine the role of government versus the private sector in the financing and delivery of health care, and how government decisions affect firm strategy and behaviour. It will also provide context and analysis on health care cost growth and containment strategies.

For further details on MBA courses focused on healthcare or involving healthcare-specific case studies and examples, see the MBA Course Offering section.

New Cases


Disrupting Dengue with an Emerging Markets Launch Strategy

R. Aggarwal and S.E. Chick, 2016




Sanofi Pasteur’s newly approved dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, was unusual in that it was launched in the Philippines and other at-risk countries. By choosing to “flip the model” – launch in an emerging market setting as opposed to developed markets – it had to overcome various obstacles across the value chain, from registration to financing to supply. The company spent 20 years and invested $1.7 billion to develop Dengvaxia, taking several high-risk decisions and making trade-offs along the way. The case highlights the stakeholder interdependencies and uncertainties that remained as the vaccine implementation programme crept closer. If successfully resolved, it could potentially offer a blueprint for others.


Mobile Health in Diabetes: mySugr's Monster Approach

K.J. Rose and S.E. Chick, 2016


Abstract: mySugr is a mobile health startup which allows us to explore several interlinked trends. One trend is the proliferation of health related applications, and an understanding of factors which seem to be related to success in the digital health space. Another trend is the role of patients in managing their own health, an issue of increasing importance as chronic diseases touch the lives of a growing number of individuals and consume an increasing part of the health budget. A third related concept is that of asset based approaches for health, a concept which seems to be linked to the success of a number of health apps.

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Case Writing Awards 2013

INSEAD HMI case study - Laastari: Building a Retail Health Clinic Chain by Stephen Chick and Ridhima Aggarwal - received recognition in the Entrepreneurship category as a 'Highly Commended Case'.

The Case Centre Awards and Competition 2014 Winner

INSEAD case study - GE Healthcare: Innovating for Emerging Markets (A) and A CSR Dilemma (B) by Jasjit Singh - won an award in the Strategy and General Management category.


For Students

If you are a current or prospective MBA student, and would like to learn more about healthcare activities at INSEAD and get engaged, you may want to check out the MBA Healthcare Club and our Campus Activities.

For Alumni

The INSEAD Healthcare Alumni Network serves as a networking platform for more than 2000 alumni, enabling linkages and discussions among professionals working in the healthcare sector and associated fields.

For Industry Stakeholders

Healthcare Management Initiative research is aimed at addressing issues of long-term sustainability of the healthcare system through operational, behavioral, and strategic lenses. We thus work with all stakeholders in the healthcare value chain ranging from public sector to private firms and from product development to service delivery. If you are interested in collaborating on a project, please contact us.

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