Brown University has launched an Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership program, the University’s first executive education program, to begin in August 2013. The Corporation approved the program during its spring meeting Friday, May 25, 2012.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Brown University has launched an Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership program, to begin in August 2013. This is Brown’s first executive education program and is part of a University initiative to develop programs in executive and professional education.  The Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership has been approved by the Brown Corporation.

At a time when U.S. healthcare is undergoing significant change, the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership will prepare participants to be innovative, visionary leaders in the healthcare industry by giving them depth of knowledge about interdependencies in the industry that will shape its revitalization. Drawing on Brown’s strengths in public health, public policy, health economics, and evidence-based medicine, the program positions graduates to lead in the hospital, corporate, and public sectors, and to design and deliver outstanding patient services and sustainable fiscal health for their organizations.

“Brown is making a University-level commitment to executive and professional education,” said J. Roderic Beresford, associate provost. “This first initiative seeks to create a community of leaders who can advance together on multiple fronts to grapple with critical challenges as this nation’s health care arena undergoes radical change.”

The Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership is a 16-month program that combines online learning with two 10-day and two six-day sessions on the Brown campus. It is targeted toward clinicians, executives, and senior administrators who have significant responsibility in the healthcare industry and will continue working while pursuing this degree. The Healthcare Leadership program, to be administered by Brown’s Office of Continuing Education, was designed around concerns of leaders in clinical care, insurance, product and device manufacturing, and those in legal and regulatory settings.

Throughout the program, participants will apply new skills and knowledge to critical challenges they identify within the healthcare industry. In keeping with Brown’s educational philosophy, participants will take a multidisciplinary approach to reconfiguring healthcare while confronting system-wide and organizational constraints. Program participants will engage with faculty from the Brown Program in Public Health and the Alpert Medical School and with expert practitioners in the field as they expand their influence and their ability to create transformative change in the healthcare system.

“This program comes at a critical time, for the challenges in healthcare have never been greater. It prepares healthcare professionals not simply to administer and manage change, but to truly lead change,” said Reid Coleman, clinical associate professor of medicine at the Alpert Medical School and architect of some of the program's coursework.

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