Healthcare Leadership Program for Executives

Build skills for C-suite success

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Course Duration


9 to 12 Months
Online and In Person

Course Fee

Program Overview

Healthcare leaders of today face significant challenges, including recruitment and retention issues, quality concerns, and financial constraints across the board. However, it is crucial to strike a balance between achieving business efficiencies and the more human aspects of healthcare.

The Executive Program for Healthcare Leaders from Emory Executive Education is designed to empower executives in clinical and nonclinical roles with strategic thinking skills to reimagine business models and enhance their leadership skills to thrive and lead their organizations in a complex healthcare ecosystem.

Past Participant Profile

Participants in Emory programs represent a range of sectors, backgrounds, and experiences with eight out of ten participants bringing more than 15 years of experience. Each of them bring a unique perspective on how they are dealing with challenges in healthcare. This provides for vibrant discussions in a cohort, inculcating best practices from others and sharing your own.

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What You Will Learn in the Program

This program will help you:

  • Instill a shared vision that aligns the unique needs of healthcare management with strategic business goals
  • Investigate critical social determinants and leverage your role and organization to impact change
  • Apply innovative approaches to achieve key financial and productivity objectives while improving quality and safety for patients and stakeholders across your enterprise
  • Accelerate growth by streamlining processes using efficient performance measures and data and analytics while mitigating workforce challenges
  • Hone the ability to manage and drive alignment across roles and departments with varied interests
  • Establish vital connections with the academic and medical communities, community partners, and government organizations

    Peer Networking

    The Executive Program for Healthcare Leaders is uniquely positioned to connect you to a network of like-minded healthcare leaders. You will become part of a dynamic cohort of healthcare executives from diverse backgrounds, each confronting unique challenges. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences with other leaders facing healthcare and business conflicts and gain varied perspectives for dealing with your own.

    Designed for Success

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

    Clinical executive

    Clinical executive looking to combine medical expertise with strategy and business skills

    Nonclinical healthcare executive

    Nonclinical healthcare executive in allied industries, including pharmaceutical, biotech, healthcare insurance, and digital healthcare, seeking to enrich your healthcare perspectives and leadership abilities

    Hospital administrator

    Hospital administrator responsible for leading care delivery and associated functions of healthcare management


    C-suite or board member looking to enhance your knowledge of evolving healthcare settings

    Hear from the Academic Co-Directors

    “Today’s healthcare leaders are expected to effectively juggle the dynamics of a rapidly evolving healthcare landscape and balance economic imperatives with the more human aspects of healthcare. It is necessary for them to think holistically about the challenges they face and situationally lead in ways that resonate with the demands in front of them. We have designed a comprehensive program that positions participants to excel as healthcare leaders and grow in their leadership capacity to manage the many complex demands that require their attention.”

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

    "Healthcare is fascinating and complex. We continually compete within financial constraints to create innovative cultures that attract the most talented people. Change is the only constant in the equation; leading that change is the most important role within the system for an executive leader. In the Healthcare Leadership Program for Executives, we present the art and science of how to succeed in today’s exciting and ever-changing healthcare environment."

    — Marilyn Margolis, RN, MN, NEA-BC, Faculty Co-Director; Chief Executive Officer, Emory Johns Creek Hospital; Adjunct Instructor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

    What Makes This Program Unique?

    As a healthcare executive, your challenges go beyond just the clinical aspect of healthcare. Issues that demand your attention and strategic intervention include recruitment, quality checks, financial limitations, and the after-effects of the pandemic. To address these challenges, healthcare leaders must incorporate operational excellence to drive change and ensure the success of their organizations.

    The Executive Program for Healthcare Leaders is designed to help you strike a balance between achieving business efficiencies and the more human aspects of healthcare. The curriculum and activities are crafted to equip you with strategic thinking, financial planning, and leadership characteristics. You will emerge as a leader who can effectively juggle the dynamics of a rapidly changing healthcare landscape and balance economic imperatives with the compassionate heart of healthcare.

    Program Highlights

    Core Curriculum

    Kick-start your program journey with 18 weeks of in-depth core sessions exploring healthcare leadership, turning strategy into action, and maximizing effective communication.

    Self-Paced Learning

    Access recorded sessions that provide the flexibility to learn at your own pace.

    Expert Faculty

    Learn from leading experts who are both thought leaders and experienced practitioners in their areas of discipline.

    Weekly Live Sessions

    Experience live online sessions with the cohort success coach and faculty as well as periodic guest lectures from industry leaders.

    Networking Opportunities

    Gain new perspectives from networking with high-achieving healthcare executives from different industries and building lifelong connections.

    Flexible Learning Journey

    Customize your learning journey with a choice of two topical electives to gain relevant skills specific to your career goals in a healthcare setting.

    Capstone Project

    Apply program insights to a capstone project to refine your skills by developing a business plan and drive immediate on-the-job impact.

    Success Coach

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


    The program’s curriculum is structured around three overarching areas of healthcare leadership that are crucial for success as an aspiring leader. You will learn the fundamental frameworks to create a seamless operations process—from outpatient to inpatient—and acquire strategic thinking to tackle challenges, both clinical and non-clinical. Through immersive modules and activities, you will acquire leadership skills that will position you to have an impact outside your core competencies.
    • The Complexity of Healthcare and Leading Through Complexity

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

      Executing Your Healthcare Strategy

      • Leading Your Organization’s Culture
      • Lean Project Management
      • Leading Organizational Change
      • Talent Management
      • Teams and Teamwork
      • Negotiations and 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 Leaders: Resolving Conflict and Influencing Others

    • Join your peers at the optional two-day in-person reunion and networking event, as part of the program, on the Emory University Goizueta Business School campus in Atlanta, Georgia. This event provides you with the opportunity to learn from your peers and professionals from other cohorts to create a lifelong community of healthcare leaders.*

      *Participants may attend future in-person events at an additional cost.

    Capstone Project

    As a key part of the program, you will work on a capstone project by applying 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.

    Meet the Faculty

    The program is designed and taught by thought leaders who have a deep understanding of the business of healthcare. The faculty members bring to the curriculum cutting-edge scholarship, extensive experience in the healthcare industry, and insights into the skill set that can set you up for success in the healthcare sector.

    Faculty Member Michael Sacks

    Michael Sacks, PhD

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

    Faculty Member Marilyn Margolis

    Marilyn Margolis, RN, MN, NEA-BC

    Faculty Co-Director; Chief Executive Officer, Emory Johns Creek Hospital; Adjunct Instructor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

    Faculty Member Molly Epstein

    Molly Ryan Epstein, PhD

    Professor in the Practice of Organization & Management, Goizueta Business School, Emory University

    Faculty Member Brad Haws

    Brad Haws, MBA

    Chief Financial Officer, Emory Healthcare

    Faculty Member Rachel Patzer

    Rachel E. Patzer, PhD

    President and Chief Executive Officer of Regenstrief Institute

    Dane Peterson, MBA

    Former President and Chief Operating Officer, Emory Healthcare

    Özgecan Koçak, PhD

    Associate Professor of Organization & Management

    Peter Topping, PhD

    Professor in the Practice of Organization & Management

    Rod McCowan, PhD

    Associate Professor in the Practice of Organization & Management

    Thomas Smith, PhD

    Professor in the Practice of Finance

    Karen Sedatole, PhD

    Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Accounting

    Lynda Barrett

    Associate Vice President, Strategic Planning, Woodruff Health Sciences Center; Vice President, Strategic Planning, Emory Healthcare

    Rebecca Martin, PhD

    VP for Global Health; Director, Emory Global Health Institute

    Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH, FACEP

    Associate Dean for Community, Engagement, Equity, and Inclusion/Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer; Professor and Vice-Chair of Faculty Equity, Engagement, and Empowerment, Department of Emergency Medicine

    Ildemaro J. González, MBA

    Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Emory Healthcare, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University

    Faculty Member

    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

    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

    Krysia Wren, PhD

    Organizational Psychologist

    Connect with a Learning Advisor for a 1:1 Session

    Our learning advisors have helped senior executives around the world choose the right program for their career goals. Schedule a 1:1 to get a deeper understanding on why the Healthcare Leadership Program for Executives is the right fit for you.


    Phone: +1 567 350 1214 (U.S.) / +44 1174 633354 (U.K.) / +971 80 00321209 (U.A.E.) / +52 55930 20507 (LATAM)


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    Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a verified digital certificate from Emory Executive Education. The certificate will be a recognition of your achievement in the Healthcare Leadership Program for Executives.

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