Duke MBA Health Care Conference

Obesity, Cardiac Disease, Diabetes: Business Solutions for a Global Epidemic

The Duke MBA Health Care Conference was another successful flagship event for the Health Care Club. With the health care industry booming, and implications related to public health spanning across multiple industries, the Health Sector Management program opened the doors to the rest of the Fuqua community for this special event.

Sponsors from Genentech, the Health Sector Management program at Fuqua, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Amgen, Eli Lilly, and Becton, Dickinson and Company made this professional and enjoyable event possible. Attracting health and business experts from across the country as well as from our very own Duke University and local Research Triangle Park, the conference featured some highly respected speakers, panel discussions, and a post-conference networking event. The Health Sector Management program’s strong connections to the industry brought forth a wide range of speakers from Medtronic, HEALTHeME, Global Diabetes Brands, Merck, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Teleflex Medical, and Becton, Dickinson and Company.

The main topic of choice for the conference revolved around a growing problem in the U.S. regarding sugary foods—the main point being the impact of less than stellar eating habits on susceptibility to obesity and other serious health concerns. Opening speaker and former food industry executive Hank Cardello kicked off the event with a presentation on the food industry and the way Americans respond to the availability of such highly caloric options. Further talks throughout the day included topics such as the future impact of obesity, cardiac disease and diabetes on industry players like payers, providers, and pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology companies.

What made the event even more important, however, were the discussions surrounding impacts on global health and ideas on how to approach these challenging issues with a business and health-focused mindset. Bringing such widespread issues to light allowed not only the HSM students but also the rest of the MBA class to get actively involved and explore some very complex industries. With interview season just around the corner, the enhanced industry knowledge students received should prove helpful and rewarding.

Kim Lambert

Kim Lambert

Daytime MBA, Class of 2012

After volunteering with the Virginia Public Health Association, I became interested in healthcare, which led me to Fuqua and its Health Sector Management (HSM) program. I also pursued a concentration in marketing and was an Admissions Ambassador. After graduating from Fuqua, I accepted a position in media at Intel.

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  • Somnath Lahiri

    Hi Kim,

    I am from India. After delving deep into the HSM program and Fuqa’s culture, I think that Fuqa’s HSM program is the best fit for me. Having worked in consulting, with a focus on heathcare clients for some time, I have realized that I need a well-rounded knowledge in health sector to address the pressing problems in this sector. Would you please share your email id, so I can get a chance to ask you more specific questions about Fuqa’s HSM program?


  • Kim Lambert

    Hi Somnath,

    Great to hear from you! I’m so glad you’ve gotten the chance to check out Fuqua and especially the HSM program. I’d be happy to talk to you more. Do me a favor and reply with your email and I’ll contact you over the next week or so (it’s almost exam time here at Fuqua now!) to either answer questions via email or set up a time to chat. 🙂