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Health TLN

Health Thought Leadership Network at Bentley University

Health Thought Leadership Network

Empowering Health Care Through Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Bentley's Health Thought Leadership Network (Health TLN) bridges traditional boundaries of academia and industry to advance health-related research and provide educational opportunities.

With 60+ faculty and staff across 25 offices, centers, and departments, the Health TLN builds on Bentley’s strengths as a business university to advance impactful, multidisciplinary research in health and health care.

The Health TLN supports health research at Bentley through an annual collaborative retreat, health research skills workshops, sponsorship of external thought leaders on campus, outreach to external stakeholders and alumni, grant support and training, research resources, and project seed funding. We promote health research by facilitating collaboration with key academic and industry partners, providing research expertise and resources, both internally and externally, and delivering health-related opportunities to students.

Recent News

Alumni brothers invest $5M in health care initiatives at Bentley

"A solid, renowned business education is a given at Bentley. But what some may not know is that, since 2016, the Health TLN has been a nexus for health care research and education across campus — with dozens of faculty and staff leading international collaborations, numerous NIH- and NSF-funded projects, hundreds of publications, internships, a pilot course and more." In spring 2022, Bentley alumni brothers, Christopher R. Smith ’91, MBA ’92, P ’19/’20 ’24 and Gregory D. Smith ’91, made a gift of $5M to the university to expand and amplify health initiatives at Bentley that will grow and transform the business of health and make Bentley a leader in educating the next generation of health business leaders.

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Professors awarded NIH grant to identify how institutional trust influenced personal choices about COVID risk-mitigation policies

"Although Bentley has received NIH funding in the past to support collaborative research projects with other institutions, this marks the first time in the university’s history that Bentley is the sole recipient. ... All three professors are members of Bentley’s Health TLN, a multidisciplinary campus group that brings together dozens of faculty and staff to explore and advance health care research and education. And all three acknowledge that their history-making NIH funding would not have been possible were it not for their involvement in the group."

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Health Research with a Business Lens

Our members' COVID-19 pursuits

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Program announcement

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Collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Bentley University recently announced a collaboration with BIDMC to offer their employees a customized MBA in healthcare program. The program will accept employees into the program as a group, which will foster internal connections between departments/offices/specialties/etc. "The curriculum includes foundation and core business courses, as well as elective offerings specific to the needs of healthcare leaders." 

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Health TLN Course

Not only was I able to get in the door for numerous interviews, but hiring managers were impressed by the relevancy and depth of my healthcare knowledge from ID 320.
Former student

Faculty Research Spotlight

Business and Society Research in Times of the Corona Crisis

In the journal Business & Society, Jill Brown and her co-editors recently asked the question "What should business researchers and educators do, if anything, besides shifting and adapting their teaching to an online mode?"

"What binds business and society scholars is a central belief that businesses need to consider societal implications of their actions, respond to societal concerns, and play a positive role in society, more broadly."

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Jill A. Brown