Heller combines extensive experience providing executive education to physicians, a faculty composed of leading healthcare scholars and practitioners, and on-campus research institutes that continually advance the knowledge, best practices, and future thinking within the field. With Heller recently ranked for the first time among schools of health policy and management, at number eleven, the Executive MBA for Physicians provides MDs, DOs, DMDs and DDSs a healthcare management education with curriculum and classroom engagement refined by experts.


The Heller School has been on the forefront of educating future and practicing physicians since 1995. During that time, we have gained extensive experience delivering programs that help physicians improve the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of healthcare. Our MD/MBA program in partnership with Tufts University School of Medicine and our executive education offerings for practicing physicians give our Executive MBA a strong foundation.

Heller’s longstanding dual MD/MBA with Tufts University School of Medicine has a curriculum built off of its traditional MBA program but positioned specifically for the context of healthcare. In just 4 years, future physician leaders train not only to be outstanding clinicians, but also to succeed in critical areas of management and leadership that lead to a better understanding of an increasingly complex environment. Heller faculty has used this curriculum as a basis for the Executive MBA and tailors it to better fit the needs of currently practicing physicians.

Heller also has numerous executive education programs for practicing physicians in partnership with various medical societies and foundations. For example, The Brandeis Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management is an annual program sponsored by the American College of Surgeons, the Thoracic Surgery Foundation, and 14 other surgical societies. The Heller School-Hanley Center PELI Advanced Executive Leadership Course is a partnership program with Maine’s statewide Physician Executive Leadership Institute (PELI). Heller also has a partnership with the Physicians Foundation, offering healthcare management education to incoming heads of various state medical societies. These programs and others like them honed our Heller faculty’s skills educating practicing physicians.


Our faculty includes academics and physicians on the front lines of medical practice and policy who are experienced in educating current and aspiring physician leaders. Heading the faculty is the program’s director, Dr. Jon A. Chilingerian, PhD, a professor at Brandeis and professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts School of Medicine. He is co-author of the book, International Health Care Management.

Dr. Chilingerian is joined by senior Brandeis faculty, including Dr. Stuart Altman, PhD, the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at the Heller School, who serves as chairman of the Health Policy Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has been named one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” multiple times by Modern Healthcare magazine. In addition, Dr. Jody Hoffer Gittell, PhD is the founder of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, which brings practitioners together to help organizations build relational coordination for high performance. Her research explores how workers, leaders, and customers contribute to quality and efficiency through their coordinated efforts.  Faculty bring this, and other, relevant expertise to the EMBA classroom.

Research and Institutes

The Heller School is home to a strong research community that enriches the EMBA’s content. The Schneider Institutes for Health Policy are three nationally regarded research institutes that enable EMBA participants to engage in a rich exchange of ideas with renowned educators, researchers and analysts in the field of healthcare policy development. The Institute for Behavioral Health focuses on the intersection of health, behavior, and systems of care. The Institute on Healthcare Systems is dedicated to providing innovative technical solutions to healthcare stakeholders who are attempting to improve quality, efficiency, and value in healthcare. The Institute for Global Health and Development focuses on the structure and delivery of healthcare, with an emphasis on the Universal Health Coverage agenda. The strong research community at Heller connects the EMBA faculty and students with the latest in health policy and management.

The Executive MBA for Physicians program benefits from the Heller faculty’s extensive expertise in both physician education and healthcare management and policy to educate physicians about the new science of medicine and management. Heller’s community fosters leaders who are committed to finding practical solutions to real problems affecting people all over the world. The Executive MBA for Physicians builds on this legacy to educate physicians about how to navigate the ever shifting world of healthcare.