Ilitch School offers M.B.A. concentration in healthcare supply chain management

The Mike Ilitch School of Business launched a new concentration in healthcare supply chain management that is available to all current and future students in the M.B.A. program.

This concentration provides students with an overview of key disciplines within the healthcare industry, including medical device/pharma production, quality management, lean six sigma, healthcare purchasing, logistics, warehousing, hospital materials management and disaster preparedness.

“With the onset of COVID-19, the challenges in healthcare delivery and supply chain management have become critical in managing the crisis and also charting a path for economic recovery,” said Kevin Ketels, the Ilitch School global supply chain management lecturer who led the development of the concentration and taught its first course last fall. “We need to scale our healthcare system to handle the ongoing needs of the pandemic while also delivering other critical and routine care. Disaster preparedness will also be studied, because we must make plans to try and prevent or mitigate the next potential episode.”

M.B.A. students wishing to declare the healthcare supply chain management concentration will take nine credits of coursework, including two new required courses.

With this new addition (added in tandem with a concentration in digital/business analytics), the Mike Ilitch School of Business offers 13 optional concentrations to help M.B.A. students tailor their program to better meet their interests and career goals.

To learn more about the Ilitch School M.B.A. or any other graduate programs in business, visit or contact our Graduate Programs Office at 313-577-4511 or

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