Video: Learn about the Executive Program in Healthcare Leadership


Advancing learning and career together: Intensive residential sessions combined with online instruction enables accomplished professionals to become transformational leaders.

Leading the University’s newest efforts in education for rising and accomplished professionals, the School of Professional Studies demonstrates Brown University’s commitment to education that meets student needs and is mission-centered on the development of reflective leaders who effect change in the world and improve global conditions for humans, the environment, economies, and organizations.

SPS's Executive Master programs offer advanced study to professionals who are recognized experts in their work and seek to rise to the next levels of ability and leadership. Over continuous year-and-a-half-long programs of study, working professionals from around the world experience Brown through courses taught in short, intensive residential sessions held on Brown's campus (or in locations around the world related to the program's course of study) and in longer weeks of online study to complete the courses. Timely and relevant, these interdisciplinary programs prepare leaders to meet their most pressing professional challenges, to transform their organizations, and to achieve significant impact in their fields.

Current programs include:​

Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership
For clinicians, executives, senior administrators, and other mid-career professionals facing the challenges of today’s complex healthcare environment and seeking to transform organizations that may be payers or providers, policy-makers or product developers, and more

IE Brown Executive MBA
Provides a broad range of senior managers with the opportunity to develop and broaden their worldview and hone leadership skills; offered in partnership with internationally top-ranked IE Business School in Madrid, Spain

Executive Master in Cybersecurity
Elevates industry leaders to address dynamic threats and meet the global, technical, and policy challenges of cybersecurity

Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership
Transforms engineering, science, and technology professionals into the next generation of leaders prepared to drive innovation in today’s complex, rapidly evolving global markets

Learn more:

SPS Online Team

Project Contact: ​Larry Bouthillier, Senior Director for Digital Initiatives ([email protected])


  • 8 courses plus program-long Critical Challenge Project

  • SPS + department partnership

  • 1+ faculty per course

  • 1 instructional designer per program

  • SPS Digital Media Group

  • Canvas LMS


SPS’s Online experts know that effective learning depends on high-quality instructional design – no matter whether in a traditional face-to-face classroom or in an online environment.

Faculty partner with an SPS instructional designer to develop courses that carry excellent content and exemplify best practices of student-centered design and inquiry-based learning. Innovative pedagogical approaches foster exciting, dynamic learning communities that encourage one-on-one interaction, teamwork, and networking.

Course development includes planning, design, building, testing, and evaluation phases. Time from kickoff to launch depends in large part upon instructor schedules/availability, but a semester-equivalent course generally takes about 3-6 months to fully develop.

View more about SPS's course development process here.



Building on the success of SPS’s 2010 partnership with the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain to produce the blended IE Brown EMBA, Brown’s School of Professional Studies successfully launched its own blended executive program in Healthcare Leadership in 2013. More blended executive programs are forthcoming.

Almost immediately I found myself incorporating course content into my daily activities as an academic physician and clinical executive. - EMHL Class of 2015 student

The balance between on-campus and online learning has allowed me to stretch my capabilities and talents to new levels, and the variety of perspectives, knowledge, and expertise among faculty, guest speakers, and my fellow classmates has been invigorating and inspirational. -EMHL Class of 2015 student


The School of Professional Studies continues to examine the need to balance an intensive and rigorous educational program, while at the same time respecting the life and work realities of busy working professionals. To meet this challenge, program designers continuously search for the most effective and engaging methods of reaching and teaching students, whether they are in residence or online.


The highly accomplished professionals who choose programs in the School of Professional Studies have achieved significant career success and aspire to do more. At Brown, they learn in a vibrant, multidisciplinary community of peers, broaden their vision, create and test innovative and practical solutions, and build lifelong professional networks. They benefit from blended residential and online learning that allows them to maintain demanding professional schedules while pursuing advanced studies at Brown.

These students become highly engaged alumni who both represent Brown well as they affect immediate and important changes in their professions and regularly seek to contribute to Brown by providing opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, being active participants in Brown events, and giving to the University.