The master’s degree in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations focuses on building leadership and management skills for healthcare professionals with an emphasis on clinical process improvement. The program is designed to equip graduates with the advanced knowledge and skills that are essential for managing the escalating challenges in today’s competitive healthcare environment. The curriculum integrates a focus on critical healthcare issues with foundation business knowledge such as finance, law, technology, and leadership topics including inspiring team performance and implementing organizational change. Through a highly interactive, seminar-style classroom environment with peers and faculty, participants directly apply recently learned business knowledge and insights to current healthcare situations and challenges.
The degree consists of 42 quarter units of study. Coursework can be completed in one, two or three years, depending upon a participant’s time to devote to the program. Students may enter the program in the fall (September), winter (January) or spring (April) quarters.
Classes are typically held in the evening to allow flexibility for participants’ home/work lives. A 2 unit class is normally taught one night a week from 5:30 – 7:15 pm. A 4 unit class is normally taught one night a week from 5:00 – 8:30 pm.
Objectives and Competencies
Graduates should be capable of:
- Assuming leadership responsibility in a healthcare organization
- Articulating and addressing complex (business) challenges facing the healthcare industry
- Conceiving and implementing productive changes in healthcare organizations, especially related to process improvement and quality of patient care
They obtain their capability by developing (1) personal curiosity and passion regarding the healthcare industry, and (2) professional competencies in:
- Personal leadership
- Organizational leadership
- Industry knowledge and acumen
“The demand for thoughtful, effective leaders continues to grow as the healthcare industry evolves in response to government reforms. The UC San Diego Healthcare Leadership Program offers unique opportunities to enhance personal leadership skills, explore cutting-edge strategies and tools, and network with other up-and-coming leaders.”
– Dan Gross
Executive VP for Hospital Operations, Sharp HealthCare