What you'll learn

  • A Certificate of Participation is awarded to participants who complete individual programs at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Executive and Continuing Professional Education, and a Certificate of Specialization is awarded to those who complete multiple courses in a specific subject area. Both credentials signify a commitment to professional development, and a Certificate of Specialization takes it a step further by showcasing your expertise in several areas of health care leadership.

  • In an ever-changing industry like health care, developing new skills and learning the latest best practices can help accelerate your career, aid in your personal development, and provide valuable lessons that will benefit you and your organization. A Certificate of Specialization signifies to current and future employers that you have taken the initiative to hone your skills in several key disciplines.

Course description

Advance your career in health care with the Executive Leadership in Health Care Certificate of Specialization from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Executive and Continuing Professional Education. Choose three* programs from our roster of health care leadership programs, listed below, and complete the programs within five years to earn your certificate.

The Executive Leadership in Health Care Certificate of Specialization consists of three* Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health ECPE programs chosen by the participant from nine programs that are taught online, on-site on our Boston, Massachusetts campus, or both. Many of the wide variety of topics covered will help health care executives, managers, and administrators deal with a variety of issues they experience day-to-day, like finding common ground with finance personnel, finding a solution to health care inequity, dealing with internal departmental conflict, and more. There are also health care executive programs that deal with specific issues, like those for chairs of major clinical departments in teaching hospitals, women in executive health care roles preparing for the next stages of their careers, and health care managers and administrators looking to build their leadership acumen to achieve individual and organizational objectives.

The programs in the Executive Health Care Leadership Certificate of Specialization are all taught by Harvard faculty with years of experience in training health care executives, managers, and administrators to find their style of leadership. Additionally, whether the program is online or in person, meeting and networking with other like-minded participants gives you an understanding of different perspectives that can help you later in your career. Whichever three programs* you choose, we know that they will inspire you to lead your team, department, or health care system to success.

*Both Program for Chairs of Clinical Services and Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers count as two programs toward the certificate due to their extensive time commitment.

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