Leadership in Medicine


The curriculum at Union stresses thorough preparation in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.  When combined with course work in healthcare management at Clarkson University (Capital Region Campus), students are provided with a breadth of knowledge and understanding not typically found in premedical programs.

Advanced Placement Policy

Many of the students enrolled in the Leadership in Medicine Program bring excellent results on Advanced Placement work to Union. Student with scores of 4 or 5 on the AP examinations in biology, chemistry or physics or on either of the AP Calculus exams are encouraged to take more advanced courses at the College. Other AP courses will be considered such as Statistics or a course in your second major.

Health Care Practicum

The Practicum in Healthcare Management affords students the opportunity to spend approximately one day per week in the field for one trimester, observing health care managers and completing projects for their assigned organization. Students spend 3-5 hours/week researching disciplinary areas related to their practicum experience. The class meets as a group every other week to discuss students’ field experiences and selected readings. By the completion of the course, students will be able to: describe the types of settings in which health care managers work and the challenges associated with working in these settings; define the agendas and functions typical of key organizational stakeholders (trustees, physicians, professional and non-professional employees, patients and families, etc.); suggest ways to analyze and manage the conflicts and power struggles inherent in these divergent functions and agendas using good communication, management, and leadership skills. For students earning the MBA degree, this course will fulfill the internship requirement.

Requirements for an Interdepartmental (ID) Major in Humanities or Social Sciences

All students will choose an ID major in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Each department establishes the criteria for its ID major. Please consult the Academic Register for complete information. There are many options in Humanities and Social Science majors. Some examples include: economics, English, history, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, modern languages, philosophy, theater, arts, music, and political science.

Term Abroad

In addition to completing a B.S. at Union and M.S. or MBA degree at Clarkson University (Capital Region Campus), students in the Program participate in a term abroad or other international experience. Union College offers a variety of options for study abroad all over the world. Often students will use their term abroad credits towards their second majors, thus allowing for more free electives.

One of the more than thirty terms abroad offered at Union is National Health Systems. Students travel with a faculty mentor to Canada, England, and the Netherlands to compare health delivery in each of the countries. This term is a favorite of students in the Leadership in Medicine Program. Learn about other international opportunities.

Tuition and Financial Aid

M.S. Degree Option

The M.S. Degree in Healthcare Management program is designed for future clinicians who wish to better understand the health care industry and the environment in which it exists or who aspire to clinically-related leadership roles. It gives future physicians an understanding of the complex business environment in which they will ultimately practice.

B.S./M.S. students pay an all-inclusive rate per trimester for twelve trimesters. M.S. students pay no extra tuition for their master’s degree.  There is no additional tuition charged for the one required summer-term. Students are responsible for summer-term room and board, which is not included in the determination of financial need. Students receive undergraduate financial aid for twelve trimesters

MBA Degree Option

The MBA in Healthcare Management can be completed by taking an additional four courses beyond the M.S. degree requirements.  B.S./MBA Students pay a base rate per trimester for twelve trimesters just like the B.S./MBA students. There is no additional tuition for the M.S. degree, MBA students take an additional four courses and pay Clarkson University directly for those courses. They can fit these in by taking terms with four courses and by taking "on campus" or on-line graduate courses the summer between sophomore and junior year.  All LIM students stay on campus the summer between junior and senior year.  There is no additional tuition charged for this required summer-term.  Students are responsible for summer-term room and board, which is not included in the determination of financial need.

An itemized breakdown of student charges at Union College.

Students pay graduate tuition for each of the four courses beyond the M.S. that are required for completion of the MBA. This is charged during the last two terms of the programs. Students do not receive financial aid for these terms. Students are also responsible for room and board during these two terms.

More information about Clarkson University,Capital Region Campus tuition fees.