Inaugural Master of Health Care Delivery Science Class Celebrated

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Read the full story by Kirk Kardashian, originally published by Tuck School news.

Forty-five health care professionals who comprise the inaugural class in Dartmouth’s Master of Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS) program were celebrated at a special investiture ceremony at the Hanover Inn on January 19, 2013. They will officially receive their degrees in June at the commencement ceremony held for all graduating classes of Dartmouth’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

Dartmouth’s inaugural Master of Health Care Delivery Science class

A special investiture ceremony was held January 19, 2013, for the inaugural class of Dartmouth’s Master of Health Care Delivery Science program. (Photo by Laura DeCapua)

The MHCDS Class of 2013 was not just the first class to complete the program—a low-residency model of hybrid pedagogy organized by the Tuck School and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI)—but the first group of people in the history of education to receive a degree in health care delivery science. This reflects the nascent nature of this field of study, one that joins the three pillars of medicine—scientific research, clinical practice, and evaluation science—to determine how best to deliver medical intervention to everyone who needs it.

“It’s been a true adventure, and this class has been our co-creator,” said program director Katy Milligan ’90, Tuck ’07. “I think the success of the program is a testament to their entrepreneurship, their engagement, and their commitment to changing the world.”