UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Center for the Business of Health

A Powerhouse of Collaborative Talent Leading the Business of Health 

Led by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, the Center for the Business of Health is a multidisciplinary team that brings together UNC's leading health sciences divisions — including the top-ranked schools of PharmacyPublic HealthNursingDentistry and Medicine — with the schools of Social Work, Information and Library Science and Law and departments within the College of Arts & Sciences. By building on this collaborative powerhouse of talent, UNC Kenan-Flagler seeks to distinguish itself and the University as leading national voices in the business of healthcare.

Doug Shackelford"To my knowledge, there's no other business school that has built bridges across campus with a medical complex and top-ranked schools that are as strong as ours to establish a business of healthcare initiative that I believe can be second to none in the world."
— Doug Shackelford, Dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Strengthening Education on the Business of Health

The Center leads all healthcare focused programing within UNC Kenan-Flagler. This includes courses in the Undergraduate Business Program and the MBA healthcare concentration. In addition the Center supports UNC Kenan-Flagler's dual-degree programs: PharmD/MBA with with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, MHA/MBA and MSPH/MBA with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and MD/MBA with the UNC School of Medicine.

Thought Leadership and Future of Healthcare Events

The annual UNC Business of Healthcare Conference, unites practitioners, policy makers and academics to improve value creation across the healthcare industry. It assembles a wide range of stakeholders to explore a variety of healthcare topics such as delivery payment models, digital health, pharmaceutical pricing, the opioid crisis, ethical decision making by providers and quality improvement in delivery. UNC's thought leadership is shared through the dissemination of white papers.


Our 3 Focus Areas: Research, Education and Convening

Creating Knowledge
Research conducted through the Center includes theoretical research that will be published in academic journals as well as applied research on challenges faced by healthcare organizations. These projects take a team approach to scholarship, involving scholars from across schools at Carolina.

Preparing business leaders
The Center is partnering on new educational offerings to prepare future leaders for transformational careers that will improve and increase the scale of impact to healthcare. A new elective has been added to UNC Kenan-Flagler's Undergraduate Business Program and efforts are underway to continue building the MBA concentration in healthcare.

Convening conversations
By convening important conversations with key industry and governmental stakeholders, the Center is creating a neutral ground for breakthrough discussions and developments.