Leadership in Health Care Systems: Health Care Organization Management and Leadership Track
The inter-professional leadership program is designed for potential and existing leaders working in clinical and non-clinical positions in health care. We also welcome professionals transitioning into health care as a second career. Students in the program will expand their competence in organizational stewardship and transformational leadership. The program offers students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge base, enrich their professional perspectives and add significantly to their skill repertoire. Students explore professional perspectives, norms and ethical standards essential in values-driven management and leadership. They develop the range of skills (political, cultural, managerial, and leadership) required for successful performance and achievement in complex organizations. Skill acquisition is optimized through student participation in field practice in which leadership and management abilities are consolidated under the guidance of preceptors.
Essential content is consistent with national priorities of health care reform. The curriculum includes theoretical and practical content to ensure skills appropriate for this task. Values based leadership has been integrated into the curriculum to ensure that graduates are fully prepared to lead health care in the 21st century. Additionally, interdisciplinary education and learning experiences are emphasized as the most appropriate method to prepare health leaders. Program faculty is drawn from diverse disciplines and all learning experiences will emphasize the value of interdisciplinary practice.
The HCM program traditionally begins in the Fall of each year, although students are highly encouraged to take the pre-requisite Writing Workshop (NUR 401) prior to matriculation and other program courses, open to non-matriculated students.
Key Aspects of the Program:
- Thirty credits leading to a master’s degree in Leadership in Health Care Systems
- 1:1 faculty attention in a hybrid learning model combining the best of classroom learning with the convenience of some on line education
- Schedule that is convenient to working professionals; with in person classes in the late afternoon/evening as well as online classes
- Emphasis on “real life” learning through supervised field placements
“Our revised HCM program is currently under review at the New York State Education Department. Please complete the “Interested in More Information” box below, for additional details.
Progression through the program builds a foundation for the final leadership capstone project. Students complete a 180-hour field placement with an executive of a health care organization. In contrast to classroom-based courses where the student is placed at the center of the learning, during the capstone project learning is focused externally as students direct organizational projects. Learning from leaders who are experts in their fields enables students to gain real-world experience and forge invaluable professional relationships.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume leadership and management positions at all levels of health care organizations. Program graduates will be ready to assist organizations in achievement of ‘state of the art’ business performance, optimum staff satisfaction, market-leading quality, superior outcomes and unprecedented transparency and public accountability.
- Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a Bachelor’s degree program preferred.
- Completion of a statistics course with a C grade or higher.
- Submission of a professional goal statement outlining reasons for seeking admission to the Program.
- Two references that address professional and/or academic and leadership ability. It is desirable that one of the letters be from a professional in health care.
- Personal interview(s) with program faculty members.
- There is no minimum work requirement for the interprofessional leadership program.
Current students and program alumni tell us that the leadership program is reading and writing intensive and requires computer savvy. Getting the most out the learning experience requires building an expanded repertoire of skills for systems thinking and working in teams. A computer with broadband access to the Internet definitely helps with time management and is an essential tool for working on team projects with fellow students.
Online learning using the Blackboard™ course management system is a new experience for most students. Tutorials and self-study help most students master Blackboard basics in a few weeks. In addition to classes on Friday, plan an additional one to two days each week to complete reading and assignments. Most leadership students work full time. They manage the responsibility of school by adjusting work schedules and by having full support from family and friends.