Executive Program for Healthcare Leaders

Transform challenges into opportunities

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Course Dates


August 17, 2023

Course Duration


9 to 12 Months
Online and In Person

Course Fee


US$18,500 and get US$1,500 off with a referral US$200 application fee

Course Information Flexible payment available

Tuition Fee Benefit


The program fee is US$18,500. The amount payable after considering the tuition fee benefit is US$15,500.
This is only available to participants who apply by June 8, 2023.

Program Overview

Today's healthcare industry is facing significant challenges, including rising costs, complex processes, shortages in the workforce, unequal quality of care, and the after-effects of global changes. To address these challenges, healthcare leaders must incorporate operational excellence to drive change and ensure the success of their organizations. Healthcare leaders must acquire skills that 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 new, emerging, and existing executives with the critical skills to rethink their business models and enhance their leadership skills so they can thrive in a complex healthcare ecosystem.

Participant Profile

The Executive Program for Healthcare Leaders is ideal for:

  • Senior clinical executives who are looking to combine medical expertise with strategy and business skills
  • Senior non-clinical healthcare executives in industries such as pharmaceutical, biotech, and medtech who are seeking to enrich their healthcare perspectives and leadership abilities
  • Hospital administrators who are responsible for leading care delivery and associated functions of healthcare management while aligning with and guiding their colleagues
  • C-suite and executive committee members who are looking to enhance their knowledge of modern healthcare settings

Participants are required to have:

  • 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 Executive Program for Healthcare Leaders allows you to customize your learning journey for maximum career and business impact.


Complete the program at your own pace by accommodating program learnings around your work schedule with a weekly commitment of three to five hours.


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


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

What You Will Learn in the Program

The program will help you:

  • Understand and leverage the forces of change impacting healthcare organizations
  • Instill a shared vision that aligns the unique needs of healthcare management with strategic business goals
  • Accelerate growth through efficient performance management, streamlined processes, and the mitigation of workforce challenges
  • Apply innovative approaches to achieve key financial and productivity objectives
  • Improve quality and safety for patients and stakeholders across your enterprise
  • Lead and manage critical operations through communication with multiple stakeholders with varied interests
  • Establish vital connections with the academic and medical communities, community partners, and government organizations
  • Hone the ability to influence and drive alignment across roles and departments
  • Investigate the critical social determinants of health and their implications for your role and organization
  • Evaluate the quality of your organization's performance measures by using data and analysis to identify areas for improvement

    “Today’s healthcare executives must lead teams of people to address multifaceted challenges that can include though often span beyond medical decisions. In fact, healthcare leaders are required to address leadership, financial, and business acumen needs across key stakeholders including patients, coworkers, and the communities that they serve. The Executive Program for Healthcare Leaders aims to equip them with the business skills they need to thrive in healthcare leadership roles. We bring together experts in healthcare leadership from across Emory University, including the Goizueta Business School, Emory Healthcare, School of Medicine, Rollins School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing. We have carefully designed the program to provide a comprehensive education so that participants can master the skills they need to grow in leadership roles."

    — Michael Sacks, Faculty 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. At Emory Healthcare, we take pride in recruiting the greatest minds, encouraging innovation, and cultivating mutual respect in the workplace. In the Executive Program for Healthcare Leaders, 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, Chief Executive Officer, Emory Johns Creek Hospital; Adjunct Instructor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

    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.

    Flexible Learning Journey

    Customize the learning journey with a choice of two topical electives to gain relevant skills specific to career goals or healthcare system needs.

    Self-Paced Learning

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

    Success Coach

    Craft your learning journey through regular check-in sessions with a dedicated Success Coach.

    Expert Faculty

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

    Networking Event

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

    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.


    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 skills needed to navigate the current complexities of healthcare and define strategic priorities that address organizational needs.

    • The Complexity of Healthcare and Leading Through Complexity

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

      Executing Your Healthcare Strategy

      • Leading Your Organization’s Culture
      • 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.

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

    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 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. 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

    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

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

    Faculty Member Molly Epstein

    Molly Epstein

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

    Brad Haws

    Chief Financial Officer, Emory Healthcare

    Faculty Member Rachel Patzer

    Rachel Patzer

    Former Professor, Division of Transplantation, Emory University School of Medicine



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

    Application Details

    Round 1

    Deadline: June 8, 2023
    Application fee: US$200

    Round 2

    Deadline: July 11, 2023
    Application fee: US$200

    Round 3

    Deadline: August 3, 2023
    Application fee: US$200

    The program fee covers teaching fees, all academic material, and access to online coursework. The fee does not include accommodations for the optional annual two-day in-person reunion and networking event, travel expenses (domestic, international, visa fee, and more), and other expenses not specifically mentioned in the program fee.

    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 Executive Program for Healthcare Leaders is the right fit for you.

    Email: emory_ephl@emeritus.org

    Phone: +1 567 350 1214 (US)/ +65 6871 4030 (Singapore) / +91 90290 07437 (India) / +971 44302011 (Dubai)

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