Health Care Specialization

Offered as a specialization in the Carlson MBA program, students interested in the Health Care industry will have the opportunity to pursue extensive coursework in the University of Minnesota’s Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI).

As a dynamic addition to Minnesota's thriving healthcare economy, MILI puts executives, physicians, students, and academic leaders in touch with the latest trends in the medical industry by drawing on the University of Minnesota's scientific, technical, policy, legal, and ethics expertise and leveraging the concentration of medical industry firms in Minnesota. MILI provides Carlson’s Health care MBA students opportunities to prepare for leadership-track careers in functional areas of the medical industry including finance, marketing, consulting, operations, and information technology.


  • Specialization requirements/courses: The MILI experience is as unique as its students: a tailored, timely curriculum for emerging leaders looking to gain hands-on experience in functional areas of the medical industry from finance and marketing to operations, information technology and market valuation.
  • Valuation lab (experiential learning): "The MILI Valuation Lab is uniquely positioned at the intersection of medical technology development, marketing, and clinical care. Nowhere in the U.S. is there another program in which students work in interdisciplinary teams to develop a comprehensive strategy for translation of basic research into measurable improvement for patients."

Alumnus Perspective

"I want to capitalize on my passion for science and business, and with the Medical Device nexus that exists here in Minnesota, the MBA/MILI is hands down the best opportunity that I can pursue. With our existing ties to our Industry Council and the passion that Steve Parente brings to MILI, I can only imagine what the future of this degree will bring. It's really assuring to know that large corporations recognize the value that this specialization affords."

Anil Asrani, 2009 MBA