Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership

Applicant Profile

Transforming Leaders. Transforming Healthcare.

Applicants to the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership program possess significant responsibility in the healthcare industry. They seek a broader perspective on the many sectors of healthcare in order to position their organizations for growth and sustained profitability, while contributing to the creation of more effective healthcare systems locally, nationally and globally.

Through intense engagement with faculty and peers in the program, participants will develop value-creating strategies that will deliver results in this complex, high demand, and rapidly changing environment.

Program benefits to these healthcare sectors:

Physicians
Physicians historically focus on patient care, research, and teaching, and while these remain constant priorities, physicians are also critical players in changing the healthcare paradigm.  From evidence-based medicine and population health to better data collection data sharing and cost reduction, clinicians are at the center of the conversation. This program offers tools and support that allow physicians to be most effective in their evolving role.

Health Information Technology Professionals
Data is at the center of population health management, cost reduction strategies and tracking quality outcomes.  By engaging HIT professionals in a broad examination  of the tools and strategies  necessary to achieve the goals of health reform will strengthen their contributions to their leadership teams and improve the products and services they design.

Insurance Professionals
With the focus on reducing costs, improving access and maintaining quality, the insurer community plays a key role in aligning financial incentives with the provision of quality healthcare.  By engaging in conversations with other players in the healthcare system – providers, institutions and public health experts – insurers can create products and services that work for the provider community and improve healthcare delivered to members.

Lawyers
Healthcare institutions face a host of new regulatory requirements, creating new business partnerships and joint ventures to support integrated healthcare, as well as managing labor and equipment in a cost-sensitive environment.  These are all aspects that require both legal support and expert advice on how to create effective and appropriate strategies.  When healthcare attorneys better understand market dynamics, they can be creative and flexible in partnering with healthcare clients.

Life Sciences Professionals (Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device Manufacturers)
The life sciences community has historically operated in parallel with the healthcare provider community – creating lifesaving and health-improving therapies in partnership with clinicians and hospitals.  How providers use, pay for and discuss those therapies with patients is continuously evolving.  As life science companies confront a more challenging U.S. market, they will face greater pressures to sell in a global marketplace with different legal, economic and policy constraints. Better understanding this environment will assure that products and services developed by the life sciences community are well-positioned for success.

Nurses and Care Providers
Nurses have always been on the front lines of both care team and patient relationships.  Today, the nurses’ portfolio is bigger than ever – managing patient care, thinking proactively about population health, leveraging data for evidence-based practice, and assuring that care is delivered in a way that meets both cost and quality goals.  Understanding the larger health industry environment will position nurses for leadership roles and assure that their goals for patient care remain at the forefront.

Patient Advocates
At its best, the Affordable Care Act will result in improved access, greater focus on wellness, better management of chronic health issues, and more coordinated approaches to care, and become a model approach.  At the same time, patients are expected to share cost and sift through more information about choices.   Through this program, patient advocates can better understand how health systems are changing and identify how to focus their resources to support and assist patients most effectively.

Pharmacists
As the healthcare environment continues to evolve, pharmacists are shifting from the role of drug dispenser to active participant in patient care. Pharmacists will continue to be involved as a critical member of the care team, helping to create proper drug regimens, lowering the cost of medication needed throughout treatment, and improving outcomes by minimizing harmful drug interaction. In the EMHL program, healthcare leaders and pharmacists can engage with one another, incorporate their expertise into every step of the diagnostic and treatment process, and improve the quality and delivery of care.

Policy Makers
In the United States, state and federal governments are critical to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act – from the formation of Health Exchanges for purchasing health insurance to changes in the way the Medicare and Medicaid programs operate.  Elsewhere around the world, national, regional and local governments are centrally involved in the delivery and funding of health care services, the regulation of providers and manufacturers, and other critical areas. Government officials need to understand the range of policy options, and their impact on access, quality and the cost of health services to design and implement wise and effective policies. 

Public Health
Effective healthcare delivery is grounded in population health management, access to coordinated care, and management of complex chronic health issues.  With rapid public policy changes impacting the way providers work and patients access care, public health practitioners can play a key role in engaging with the public, business community, and providers on these matters.