MBA Programs Meld Medicine with Management

February 24, 2021

The coronavirus crisis in healthcare has driven fresh student interest in courses and careers at the intersection of medicine and business.


Health Disparities Were Devastating BIPOC Communities. Then Came COVID-19.

February 17, 2021

The factors determining a person’s health go far beyond what happens in the doctor’s office. To be healthy, a person must not only have access to healthcare but also be able to obtain healthy food and have a safe place to work, live and exercise. Community and social support also play an important role. In one out of five communities in the U.S., people can’t access what they need to be healthy. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this problem and revealed just how much an individual’s health depends on their surrounding community. During the 2020 Business of Healthcare conference presented virtually by the UNC Center for the Business of Health in November 2020, experts from various parts of the nation’s healthcare system discussed contributors to social inequalities that affect health and examined how innovation and interconnectivity can build a more robust healthcare system. View the full conversation. More

Lessons from the U.S.’s Rocky Vaccine Rollout

January 28, 2021

The pandemic — especially the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines — has exposed the operational deficiencies of the U.S. health care system. They include valuing product innovation more than process innovation, inefficiently uses its workforce, inadequately plans for known unknowns, and fails to bring the supply of care to the demand for it. However, the pandemic is also offering lessons in how to overcome these problems. More

Healthcare in 2021 Under the Biden Administration

January 27, 2021

Healthcare in 2021 Under the Biden Administration, hosted by the UNC Center for the Business of Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), and the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy, featured experts from prominent North Carolina health-focused organizations discussing the future picture for healthcare following the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. More

How much will a hip replacement cost? UNC Health has a new estimator tool for that.

December 17, 2020

Weeks before a new US hospital price transparency rule takes effect, UNC Health introduces a new app that can help consumers know what they’re likely to be charged for services and care. More

Announcing the 2020 UNC Healthcare Case Competition Winners!

November 13, 2020

Without further ado, the winning teams are... More

A Shot in the Arm: How COVID-19 Could Transform Healthcare

November 04, 2020

By the time you read this, Election Day in the U.S. will be over. Similar to previous elections, healthcare has remained one of 2020 voters’ top concerns. Although this year’s election was historic for many reasons, one of the main storylines throughout was the largest public health crisis of our time – the global COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic continues to cause worrisome health and economic consequences that will need to be addressed in the coming months and years, it also presents opportunities for accelerating innovations in healthcare delivery and pharmaceutical development. More

How much impact will Trump’s new order have on drug prices? NC biotech companies and industry analysts differ.

September 29, 2020

For years, President Donald Trump railed against high drug costs for Americans. Last week, he finally took action that he says will bring down prices. On Sept. 13, Trump released the text of an executive order designed to peg U.S. drug prices for Medicare recipients to what’s paid in other countries. More

Preparing the next leaders for the business of health

June 02, 2020

As the global community responds to the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for effective leadership is clear. “We’ve never needed healthcare leaders more. If we have a failure in healthcare, the social costs will be enormous and all areas of business will shut down. It’s the most important area of all,” says Doug Shackelford, dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler. More

Learning about a crisis during a crisis

April 29, 2020

As signs became clear that the approaching COVID-19 storm would make travel unsafe, UNC Kenan-Flagler leaders canceled the MBA@UNC Summit in Vancouver. Students in the online MBA program weren’t just disappointed about not being able to learn and connect with classmates in person, as they do every quarter at Summits. Some needed the course credit to graduate on time. So – just five days later – 139 students were taking a new online course: “COVID-19 Exploration.” More