Science of Health Care Delivery

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine is one of 11 medical schools that received an American Medical Association (AMA) Accelerating Change in Medical Education grant to expand its curriculum to close the gap between the traditional medical education curriculums and the challenges of the current health care environment.

An innovative, integrated curriculum

Through our collaboration with Arizona State University (ASU), we have created an innovative curriculum, called the Science of Health Care Delivery, in which students learn about how health care systems work.

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students are among the first to have a foundation in all aspects of health care and will earn a certificate in the Science of Health Care Delivery upon graduation. Students can also choose to explore this field further and earn a master's degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery through ASU.

Throughout their four years of training, Mayo medical students will examine topics in six critical areas:

Health policy, economics and technology

The health care components outside the "front line" clinical care team, including:

  • Health policy and law
  • Health economics and financing
  • Clinical informatics and health care information technology

Person-centered care

Skills required to individualize care for patients, including:

  • Shared decision-making
  • Health coaching and counseling
  • Communication across cultures, languages, life spans and literacy levels
  • Advocacy for individual patients


Knowledge needed to effectively lead teams in providing high-quality health care, including:

  • Effective leadership styles
  • Leadership skill development

Team-based care

Effective team care models, including:

  • Team science and characteristics of high-performing teams
  • Key roles of each health care team member

Population-centered care

Skills required to care for patient populations, including:

  • Public and global health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Culturally competent care
  • Advocacy for population of patients
  • Surveillance and measurement gaps in the health of specific populations

High-value care

Knowledge required to understand and deliver high-quality health care, including:

  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Identifying gaps in health care systems
  • Tactics for health care improvement: quality initiatives, patient safety, systems engineering and human factors
  • High-value, cost-conscious care for individual patients and populations

Health and wellness

At Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, we want our students not only to survive during their training and careers but also to be healthy while they learn and excel. We have developed tools and curriculum to assess and enhance every student's well-being and long-term resiliency.

THRIVE, our wellness program, provides students with physical, academic and social support throughout their training. In addition, students learn essential tools to help them manage their wellness throughout their careers and lifetime.

June 29, 2017