MEDMED661BM.01 (Reno)
Finance for Health Care Professionals

Office of Medical Education

Please contact the Office of Medical Education: Reno to verify elective availability.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic personal finance and investing concepts applicable to personal and business matters.
  • Exhibit competence in constructing an appropriate investment portfolio, taking into consideration risk and return.
  • Design a personal Investment Policy Statement (IPS).
  • Discuss the role of behavioral finance, both in personal and business decision making.
  • Identify, define, and discuss the key components of appropriate disability and life insurance policies.
  • Understand the factors that can lead to physician burnout as well as the tools to combat it.

Description of Rotation

This elective format will include lectures in class, supplemented with small group discussions, in class exercises, case studies, and review of examples from the health care and/or public health literature.
Elective Availability: Fall - Summer
Elective Credit: 1 nonclinical elective credit = 40 hours. Students may earn up to 2 nonclinical credits.

This 4th year longitudinal course includes two primary instructional components, monthly lecture sessions and independent assignments, case studies, and readings. There are scheduled in-class lecture sessions each month, July through April, which will take place on campus. Students will be assigned readings, case studies, and written assignments to complete in between the in class component.

Evaluation Method

There are two required assessment components for assigning Final Grades:
In-class attendance and participation,
Assignments, projects, case study reports, and readings.


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Grading Criteria

This course is Pass/Fail

Graded Assessments: Students must receive a passing grade in ALL required components of the course. 
Individual Grades- to pass the course your average score must be greater or equal to 70% or the competency pass line. The competency pass line is set by the course director upon evaluation of the assignments and overall student performance.
Final individual grades will be assigned based on the following formula and scale:

Pass (P) >70% or competency line established by the Course Director
Incomplete (I)*** <70% or competency line established by the Course Director

***converts to Fail (F) if not successfully remediated (see Remediation Policy on WebCampus).

Pass: acceptable performance in which all basic competencies have been met.
Fail: following remediation efforts, basic competencies have not been met.