Master's in Healthcare Leadership Curriculum

Transformative and sustainable health care begins with a commitment to education

As technology, cutting-edge research, and economic factors continue to shape the future of health care, the quality, depth, and substance of your academic qualifications can have a direct impact on your capacity to lead effectively. In fact, the decisions that you make can directly affect those standing at the frontlines of medicine, as well as patients or other individuals who rely on life-saving medicine and equipment.

Administered by the Wake Forest School of Medicine, our Online Master’s in Healthcare Leadership program can prepare you to put management theory into practice. We offer a dynamic, research-based approach that is diverse and reflective of your commitment to help improve the health care industry from an organizational perspective.

As big data, technology, and AI become more integrated, striking a balance between long-held beliefs or practices and forward-thinking initiatives requires more than a strategic and numerical perspective. That’s because great ideas and concepts are often fueled by passion and innate determination. However, the knowledge required to refine those concepts into into real-world strategy can escape even the most stringent of academics.

Our curriculum takes into account the importance of data, science, and research as key factors in health care, along with effective leadership and management within and alongside the industry as defining attributes that can help lead toward population health as much as it does for preventative maintenance.

Two on-site residency experiences help round out the experience. Students visit the Winston-Salem campus for 4 days near the end of the 1st and 5th terms, allowing them to interact with faculty in person while cultivating deep and enduring relationships with fellow students and classmates.

Helping to raise the expectations of leadership

The Online Master’s in Healthcare Leadership offers a professional and holistic view of the health care industry, which prepares graduates of our program to:

  • Participate in and/or facilitate strategic thinking discussions & critically analyze internal and external conditions
  • Create a culture of care within their organization
  • Manage organizational change in implementing programs, strategy, and timely response to industry influences
  • Assess and lead innovative change regarding organizational functions in areas such as finance, marketing, IT, legal/regulatory, quality, and performance management
  • Leverage relational skills to draw on the extended network of peers and faculty to create transformational improvement of organizational and global health care outcomes

Course Listing

Guided by an expert faculty of health care professionals and scholars, the program includes 35 credit hours for degree completion, which span across 5 total semesters and 7 hours per term.

Healthcare Leadership

HCL 701 Healthcare Policy & Law: Past, Present, and Future 3 Credits
HCL 702 Leveraging Big Data for Data-Driven Decision Making 3 Credits
HCL 705 Crossroads: Population and Global Health 3 Credits
HCL 711 Healthcare Leadership Journal Club: Refining Yourself as an Organizational Leader 3 Credits
HCL 712 Healthcare Leadership: Wins, Losses and Lessons 3 Credits
HCL 713 Leadership Essentials Skills Workshop I 1 Credit
HCL 714 Leadership Essentials Skills Workshop II 1 Credit
HCL 721 Strategic Thinking and Decision-Making for Healthcare Leaders 3 Credits
HCL 722 Quality Outcomes and Improvement 2 Credits
HCL 731 Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations
HCL 732 Marketing in Transformative Healthcare 3 Credits
HCL 733 Healthcare Operations 3 Credits
HCL 715 Capstone Experience 2.5 Credits