Graduate Certificate in Innovative Healthcare Leadership

The Innovative Healthcare Leadership Certificate consists of four, 10-week courses designed to be immediately applicable in the real world.
Innovative Healthcare Leadership Certificate

Healthcare is a patient-centered business. The IHcL Certificate will provide a solid background in business and leadership principles. Students will learn and apply the design thinking process to the healthcare industry, discovering meaningful approaches to overcome daily challenges. Courses are online providing ultimate flexibility for the busy professional. It is perfect for anyone who works or conducts business in the healthcare sector.

The certificate is designed for emerging and mid-level managers, and healthcare specialists seeking to increase their professional education within the healthcare sector or to achieve their Professional MBA Online with a specialization in Innovative Healthcare Leadership. 


You can choose from several start dates throughout the year; each semester is 10 weeks:

  • Spring 2023: March 18 – May 27, Application Deadline is February 10, 2023

  • Summer Session I 2023: May 27 – August 5, Application Deadline is April 21, 2023

  • Summer Session II 2023: August 5 – October 14, Application Deadline is June 30, 2023

  • Fall 2023: October 14 - December 23, Application Deadline is TBD.

MBAO 565. Innovative Healthcare Leadership and Design Thinking. 3 Credit Hours. In this hands-on course you will learn and apply the design thinking process to the healthcare industry while developing an understanding of the psychological principles that underlie innovative thinking, problem-solving, and human behavior. We will explore organizational power dynamics and develop a meaningful approach to overcoming daily challenges. Along with your Pod mates, you will explore enhanced interpersonal communication techniques and learn to execute these techniques within your organization for immediate impact on your work environment. In this course, you will learn about and practice design thinking skills through a variety of teaching and learning methods including experiential exercises, case studies and direct project application. This course will require you to spend a great deal of time out in the field as part of your actual coursework.

MBAO 566. Innovative Practice Management. 3 Credit Hours. In this dynamic course you will learn alongside your classmates and a variety of guest lecturers as we examine the complex nature of running a modern healthcare practice. You will build your knowledge in several key areas that leaders in healthcare need to understand in order to position their organizations for success. Additionally, you will review, finalize, and submit your Healthcare Leadership Project.

MBAO 567. Healthcare Law and Ethics. 3 Credit Hours. In this course, you will explore the philosophical, medical, social, and legal aspects of bioethical issues in healthcare, and learn how to create and maintain a risk management program designed to provide a safe environment for your healthcare-related organization. Healthcare leaders need to understand the multiple influences on decisions faced by patients, families, health care providers, manufacturers, insurers and organizations. Influencing factors include culture, education, religion, personal and family values, and individual experience. As healthcare has become more highly technical, compartmentalized and impersonal, many ethical considerations are increasingly complex and may be difficult to resolve. In this course, a plethora of case studies are used to explore current issues at the forefront as well as dilemmas raised by class participants in real time.

MBAO 568. Business of Healthcare. 3 Credit Hours. Managers need to have a solid working knowledge of the financial performance of their business. Regardless of performance, employees wonder about the company’s financial strength. “Should I look for another job?”, “Will the company be here?”, or “everything looks great, let’s keep investing.”. Planning becomes increasingly important. Not only as an exercise about how to deploy scarce resources, but it needs to tell a compelling story of why customers, investors and employees should believe in the business venture.


2022-2023 Academic Year*

$2,196 per 3-credit course ($732 per credit)

Strategies for Success (Orientation) course fee


* Tuition rates are subject to annual change based on approval by the Board of Trustees, typically in the spring of the preceding academic year.