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 a more effective healthcare system.

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

Program benefits to these healthcare sectors:

Doctors 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 gathering/sharing and financial cost reduction, physicians are at the center of the conversation. This program offers the tools and supports that will allow physicians to be most effective in their new role.

Health Information Technology/Health Management Systems
Data is at the center of population health management, cost reduction strategies and tracking quality outcomes.  Engaging HIT/HMS professionals in a broader understanding of what tools and strategies will be necessary to achieve the goals of health reform will allow individuals to be strong members of their leadership teams and improve the products and services they design to that end.

With the focus on reducing costs, improving access and maintaining a high level of 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 – the insurers can create new products and services that work for the provider community and improve healthcare services delivered to members.

Healthcare institutions are facing 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 best create legal strategies.  When healthcare attorneys better understand the market dynamics, they can be creative and flexible in partnering with healthcare clients.

Life Sciences Professionals (Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device Manufacturers)
For years, the life sciences community has operated in parallel with the provider/healthcare community – creating lifesaving and health-improving therapies in partnership with physicians or hospitals.  How providers use, pay for and discuss those therapies with patients will fundamentally change in the post-Affordable Care Act  landscape.  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, their 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 environment will help nurses take on 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.  At the same time, patients are expected to share cost and sift through more information about choices (particularly those purchasing products on Exchanges).  With this program, patient advocates can understand where the system is going and decide how to best focus their resources in supporting patients through improved public or business policies.

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 one another at the leadership level to incorporate their collective expertise throughout every step of the diagnosis and treatment process, improving the quality and delivery of care.

Policy Makers
The state and federal government is critical to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act – from the formation of the Exchanges to changes in the way Medicare and Medicaid operate.  If they are to implement these policies in a way that achieves the positive goals of the ACA, government officials need to understand the impact of policy changes on patient care and access to care as well as their economic consequences.

Public Health
The new paradigm of healthcare reform is built on population health management, access to coordinated care and effective management of complex chronic health issues.  With quick moving public policy changes fundamentally 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.