Chief Medical Officer Program

Advance as a Strategic Physician Leader

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Course Dates


September 16, 2024

Course Duration


9 to 12 Months
Online and In Person

Course Fee



US$300 application fee

Program Overview

In today’s rapidly evolving and volatile healthcare landscape, there is a greater need than ever for sophisticated medical leadership in the C-suite that bridges clinical expertise and business acumen. Organizations and chief executives expect you to excel both as an operational leader and as a strategic business partner who can inspire as a care model innovator while setting the highest standards for quality improvement and patient safety.

The Chief Medical Officer Program from Emory Executive Education will equip you to lead and inspire colleagues across the organization with a shared vision that reflects the unique needs of patient care delivery and strategic business goals. The 9- to 12-month immersive learning journey is focused on providing the mindset, skills, and frameworks required for you to succeed as a CMO, from business leadership to overseeing clinical operations, influencing stakeholders, and spearheading quality improvement.

With this program, you will be prepared to create value and guide new business and care models to sustain the healthcare system. This program is an exceptional opportunity to advance your career and maximize your impact from the C-suite.

Continuing Education Credits

The Emory University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The maximum number of credits designated for this blended learning activity is 185 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™(including a maximum of 78 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for the 2 chosen electives)*. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure: The content of this activity is not related to products or services of an ACCME-defined ineligible company, also known as a commercial interest; therefore no one in control of content has a relevant financial relationship to disclose. Ineligible companies are those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Participant Profile

The Chief Medical Officer Program is ideal for:

  • Physician leaders in management positions who are preparing for a CMO role and seek a better understanding of business strategy for healthcare organizations
  • CMOs who have served in the position for five years or less wishing to deepen their knowledge of management to be successful leaders in the healthcare industry

Participants are expected to have:

  • A medical degree from an accredited medical school
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • International exposure (preferred)

Designed for Success

Structured with the needs of busy executives in mind, you will learn through online sessions, including guest lectures from top executives in the healthcare industry. The flexible nature of the Chief Medical Officer Program allows you to customize your learning journey for maximum career and business impact.


Take charge of your learning journey. Complete the program in 9 to 12 months at your own pace by accommodating program learning around your work schedule with a weekly commitment of three to five hours.


Grow your network by interacting with a cohort of global executives. Learn from world-renowned faculty and glean insights from global industry experts with extensive experience in the business of healthcare.


Gain in-depth knowledge and skills that are fundamental to advancing your career and enable you to thrive as a healthcare leader and inspire colleagues across a shared vision that reflects the unique needs of patient care delivery and the strategic business needs of healthcare organizations.

“It’s not enough for medical leaders to be clinical experts to successfully navigate today’s complex healthcare environment. They must have the leadership and business acumen skills to make strategic decisions that will meet the demands of multiple stakeholders, including the workforce, patients, and communities they serve,” said Michael Sacks, faculty director. “The Chief Medical Officer Program brings together experts in healthcare leadership from across Emory University, including the Goizueta Business School, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, and Emory Healthcare. We have designed a comprehensive education on how to thrive as an impactful chief medical officer.”

— Michael Sacks, PhD
Faculty Director
Professor in the Practice of Organization & Management, Emory Goizueta Business School; Faculty Director, Woodruff Leadership Academy, Emory Woodruff Health Sciences Center

Learning Outcomes

The program will help you:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge and skills that are fundamental to advancing your career as a chief medical officer
  • Understand the competing priorities in healthcare at the business unit, organization, industry, and community levels
  • Lead and inspire colleagues across a shared vision that reflects the diversity and unique needs of patient care delivery, team members, and the strategic business needs of your healthcare organization
  • Hone your communication, negotiation, and influence skills to empower decision making and better handle people, teams, and organizational conflicts
  • Develop your financial acumen to understand the levers under your control that influence the strategic and financial well-being of your healthcare system
  • Expand your ability to drive strategic change, develop innovative approaches to care, and implement a culture of excellence and well-being for staff, patients, and healthcare professionals
  • Develop and foster relationships and expand your professional network

    Program Highlights

    Continuing Education Credits

    The Emory University School of Medicine designates this blended learning activity for a maximum of 185 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

    Core Curriculum

    Kick-start your journey with 18 weeks of core sessions exploring healthcare leadership and business administration, turning strategy into action, and honing effective communication skills

    Flexible Learning Journey

    Customize your program experience with a choice of two topical electives that allow you to focus your learning on relevant skill sets specific to your career goals or the needs of your healthcare organization

    Self-Paced Learning

    Access recorded sessions that provide you with the flexibility to experience the in-depth curriculum at your own pace while maintaining your busy day-to-day work commitments

    Success Coach

    Craft your learning journey in line with your career goals with a success coach assigned to your cohort

    Expert Faculty

    Learn from leading experts in the fields of business, leadership, healthcare management, and patient care who are renowned thought leaders and bring deep experience as practitioners

    Capstone Project

    Apply program insights to a capstone project that refines the skills you have gained and provides an opportunity to develop a detailed business plan and drive immediate on-the-job impact in your organization

    Networking Event

    Connect with high-achieving peers from around the globe and build a lifelong network at an annual optional two-day in-person reunion and networking event at the Emory University Goizueta Business School campus in Atlanta, Georgia


    The program’s curriculum is structured around three overarching areas of medical leadership that are crucial for success as a CMO. You will learn the skills needed to define strategic priorities for your organization and lead it to long-term success. Through engaging core modules, you will explore best practices for strategic thinking, navigating competing priorities, and how to effectively manage teams, influence stakeholders, and negotiate as a C-suite leader.

    • The Complexity of Healthcare and Leading Through Complexity

      • Competing Priorities in Healthcare
      • Social Determinants of Health
      • Strategic Thinking & Execution
      • Health Economics – Watch the Money Flow
      • Executive Presence/Professional Communication
      • Influence Without Authority

      Executing Your Healthcare Strategy

      • Leading Your Organization’s Culture
      • Leading Organizational Change
      • Talent Management
      • Teams and Teamwork
      • Negotiations & Conflict Management
      • Finance for the Non-Financial Manager

      Assessing and Communicating Organizational Success 

      • Measuring Organizational Performance
      • Measuring and Rewarding Individual Performance
      • Organizational Design
      • Population Health
      • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
      • Wellness and Well-Being
      • Executive Decision Making for Healthcare Leaders
      • Strategic Leadership in Healthcare
      • Innovating Healthcare: A Strategic Approach
      • Communication Strategies for Healthcare Leaders
    • Meet your cohort peers and faculty in person at the Emory University Goizueta Business School campus in Atlanta, Georgia, during an optional two-day reunion and networking event.

    Note: Session topics and final list of electives are subject to change.

    Capstone Project

    As a key part of the program, you will work on a capstone project that applies the knowledge you have gained to address a real-world business challenge. You will work individually or in small groups to ideate, make strategic decisions, and deliver a business plan you can apply immediately to your organization.

    Meet the Faculty

    The program is designed and taught by thought leaders who have a deep understanding of the business of healthcare. They bring to the curriculum cutting-edge scholarship, extensive experience in the healthcare industry, and insights into the skill set and frameworks needed to be successful as a CMO.

    Faculty Member Michael Sacks

    Michael Sacks, PhD

    Faculty Director, Professor in the Practice of Organization & Management, Emory Goizueta Business School; Faculty Director, Woodruff Leadership Academy, Emory Woodruff Health Sciences Center

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    Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, MSN, FAAN

    Co-Chief Well-being Officer, Office of Well-Being; Vice President of Practice and Innovation, Emory Healthcare; Adjunct Associate Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

    Profile picture of professor Molly Epstein

    Molly Epstein, PhD

    Professor in the Practice of Organization & Management

    Profile picture of professor Erika Hall

    Erika Hall, PhD

    Associate Professor of Organization & Management; Faculty Advisor, Business & Society Institute

    Profile picture of professor Brad Haws

    Brad Haws

    Chief Financial Officer, Emory Healthcare

    Profile picture of professor Ozgecan Kocak

    Ozgecan Kocak, PhD

    Associate Professor of Organization & Management

    Profile picture of professor Rebecca Martin

    Rebecca Martin, PhD

    VP for Global Health; Director Emory Global Health Institute

    Profile picture of professor Rod McCowan

    Rod McCowan, PhD

    Associate Professor in the Practice of Organization & Management

    Profile picture of professor Rachel Patzer

    Rachel E. Patzer, PhD

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Regenstrief Institute Inc.

    Profile picture of professor Dane Peterson

    Dane Peterson

    Former President and Chief Operating Officer, Emory Healthcare

    Faculty Member Chad Ritnour

    Chad Ritenour, MD

    Co-Chief Well-Being Officer, Office of Well-Being; Professor of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine; Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Affairs, Department of Urology

    Faculty Member Karen Sedatole

    Karen Sedatole, PhD

    Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Accounting

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    Tom Smith, PhD

    Professor in the Practice of Finance

    Profile picture of professor Peter Topping

    Peter Topping, PhD

    Professor in the Practice of Organization & Management


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    Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a verified digital certificate by Emory Executive Education. The certificate is a recognition of your achievement and the investment you and your organization have made in your education and development. The program is also eligible for 185 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™*.
    *See accreditation information above.

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