Dartmouth College has received a $35 million anonymous gift to establish a multidisciplinary Center for Health Care Delivery Science, President Jim Yong Kim announced today.
"We know—and this has been documented by the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care—that there are glaring variations in how medical resources are used in the U.S. More care and more expensive care do not guarantee high quality care," Kim said in a media release. "What we need is a new field that brings the best minds—from management, systems engineering, anthropology, sociology, the medical humanities, environmental science, economics, health services research, and medicine—to focus on how we deliver the best quality care, in the best way, to patients nationally and globally. Those people are here at Dartmouth."
The center will integrate experts from the Arts and Sciences, the Tuck School of Business, the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth Medical School, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock, an affiliated academic health system, which will provide the base for innovation and implementation in clinical practice.
The initiatives include a new master's program in Health Care Delivery Science, offered by The Dartmouth Institute and the Tuck School of Business.
Traditional healthcare management courses have been built around general "best business" practices from a wide range of professions. The Dartmouth curriculum will be unique in its singular focus on discovery and analysis of innovations and real-time implementation in healthcare. Executive education and distance learning will be incorporated into the new degree program, scheduled to enroll its first class in July 2011. Undergraduate offerings in this field will be developed as well, Kim said.
The Center for Health Care Delivery Science will focus on five areas, including:
Kim said the anonymous donor chose Dartmouth based on the university's work in health systems research and implementation, its graduate programs, history of collaboration and innovation, and the investment the trustees have already made in pursuing health reform through establishment of The Dartmouth Institute.