Healthcare Leadership Program for Executives

Build skills for C-suite success

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9 to 12 Months
Online and In Person

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Transform the Future of Healthcare

As a healthcare executive, your role is pivotal yet fraught with demands that can strain even the most seasoned leader. The stakes are immense and the rewards profound, but the path is complex. Bridging the gap between medical and business acumen requires the integration of leadership skills, financial acumen, and strategic thinking. By enhancing these skills, you not only position yourself to address the challenges of today but also pave the way to advance your career as a healthcare executive. You will be prepared to innovate business models, improve your strategic decision making, boost team performance, and manage multiple stakeholders. In essence, you empower yourself to lead the healthcare evolution with vision, agility, and a focus on patient-centric excellence.

This empowerment is critical, as the challenges healthcare faces today are significant, requiring an evolved skill set. Increased costs, outdated technology, high staff turnover, and operational gaps are some of the challenges that healthcare executives need to overcome. Revamping business operations directly impacts the effectiveness of providing healthcare and keeps the focus fixed on the ultimate beneficiary: the patient.

Why Enroll in This Program

Designed by Emory Healthcare leaders in conjunction with Goizueta Business School faculty and Emory Executive Education, the Healthcare Leadership Program for Executives is tailored to the challenges faced by leaders like you by equipping you with the business skills for succeeding in the evolving healthcare landscape. Over 9 to 12 months, you will leverage the school's vast healthcare network to transform your approach toward challenges and elevate your leadership.

Through application-based learning, a diverse cohort of like-minded executives, and guidance by experts at the forefront of healthcare, you will emerge as a visionary leader. Empowered with refined business acumen, you will be uniquely positioned to drive efficiency, enhance patient care, and lead your organization with agility and purpose in an era of unprecedented change.

Who Is It For?

Whether you’re a business or operations leader in a healthcare-focused company, a physician or nurse leader at the forefront of patient care, or a founder or board member in a biotech organization, the program will open avenues for skill development and networking for you.

This program is ideal for you if you are a:

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

The Emory Advantage: Where Business Meets Healthcare

Learn healthcare leadership skills from the leaders in healthcare management. Emory University brings together in one academic institution two key strengths— world-renowned business education and unparalleled leadership in healthcare, including clinical care, medical education, and pacesetting research. The Goizueta Business School offers a unique, community-oriented environment paired with the academic prestige and rigor of a major research institution while Emory Executive Education brings the Business School’s thought leadership to high-achieving executives from around the globe seeking to advance their impact.

Emory Healthcare is the most extensive healthcare system in Georgia, comprising 11 hospitals, the Emory Clinic, and more than 250 provider locations. The Emory Healthcare Network, established in 2011, is the largest clinically integrated network in Georgia, with more than 2,800 physicians concentrating on 70 different subspecialties. As an integrated academic healthcare system, Emory Healthcare is committed to providing the best care for patients, educating health professionals and leaders of the future, pursuing groundbreaking research, and serving the community.

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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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 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

    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 curriculum offers a comprehensive approach to healthcare leadership and strategy, structured in three distinct phases. This holistic approach ensures that you are well prepared to lead effectively, adapt to change, manage diverse teams, and contribute to your own success as well as your organization’s.

    • The Complexity of Healthcare and Leading through Complexity

      This phase includes developing decision making strategies, analyzing leadership needs for competing priorities, and adapting organizational frameworks. You will focus on assessing the social determinants of health, integrating social care, and creating organizational strategies for competitive advantage. It also covers balancing costs, access, quality and understanding value creation and emphasizes effective communication, stakeholder analysis, and ethical considerations in organizational practices.

      • Competing Priorities in Health Care
      • 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

      This phase will help you understand and apply strategic initiatives within a healthcare setting. It emphasizes analyzing organizational culture and regional differences, recognizing resistance to change, and creating leadership plans. It also covers strategies for personal and team mastery, including performance and talent management, with a focus on feedback and coaching. Finally, it touches on negotiation techniques, including real-world applications and simulations.

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

      Assessing and Communicating Organizational Success

      This phase covers a broad range of practices and strategies to evaluate and enhance the performance of a healthcare organization. It includes financial analysis techniques such as interpreting profit and loss statements and variance analysis, along with budgeting methods to maintain financial health. It also delves into organizational design and redesign, including the use of SWOT models and RAPID decision making. You will also focus on population health, risk and crisis communication, and policy creation. Additionally, it includes an examination of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) leadership and well-being initiatives.

      • 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: Learn how to make better decisions by applying a set of processes, strategies, and frameworks to your industry, organization, and role.
      • Innovating Healthcare: A Strategic Approach: Gain an understanding of the entire innovation process that you can implement in your healthcare setting — from idea generation to implementation.
      • Communication Strategies for Healthcare Leaders: Build emotional competencies for effective communication to lead with your personal style and maximize your healthcare influence.
      • Strategic Leadership in Healthcare: Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to develop effective healthcare strategies that focus on achieving the aim of creating a more sustainable healthcare system.
    • The Healthcare Leadership Program for Executives is uniquely positioned to connect you to a network of diverse healthcare leaders, each confronting unique challenges. 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 interact with peers from multiple cohorts and create a lifelong network of healthcare leaders.

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

    Note: Session topics, ordering of the modules, and the final list of electives are subject to change.

    Capstone Project

    As part of your capstone project, you will identify a challenge faced by you or your organization. As you proceed through the program, continually reflect on how the strategies and tools you have learned can apply to formulating a solution. The capstone will be a presentation describing the problem, the solution you have devised, and the strategies and tools from the program that were most helpful. As you engage with the project, you will simultaneously help integrate what you've learned in the program into your day-to-day life and make a meaningful difference to your organization.

    Meet the Faculty

    The program is designed and taught by renowned Emory faculty and healthcare 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 needed 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


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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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