Health Care Leadership

What do you need to lead a
business in the health care sector?

About Health Care Leadership

Why is health care so expensive in America? How can digital technologies improve outcomes? What is the impact of racial disparities on patients and providers? 

Health care is a complex, multidisciplinary endeavor, requiring leaders to direct and motivate diverse teams representing varying educational and cultural backgrounds as well as different business functions. 

Health Care Leadership is designed for emerging leaders in provider, payer, and life sciences organizations. The series includes courses in business strategy, economics, and digital health, delivering key lessons in leadership and management for today’s health care landscape. Taken together, these courses allow you to develop a comprehensive approach to health care leadership and consider strategies for an ever evolving sector.

Health Care Leadership courses are developed with health care professionals in mind. Harvard University faculty guides you through topics with a specific focus on the current state of the US health care system and how you can apply innovative strategies to make improvements within your organization. 

Health Care Leadership Courses

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Innovations in Teamwork for Health Care

Don’t leave teaming up to chance. Create better teamwork through science.

In this course, experts from Harvard Business School and the T.H. Chan School of Public Health teach learners to implement a strategy for organizational teamwork in health care.

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Health Care Strategy

Understand business strategy to facilitate health care success

Learn from HBS Professor Leemore Dafny how to align the principles of business strategy with the unique challenges and structures of health care organizations to capture value, define your mission, and lead your organization to success.

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Health Care Economics

Explore the economic forces shaping US health care

Taught by Harvard Medical School faculty, this course provides insights into the interactions between industries in the US health care sector and teaches what economic forces are shaping health care.

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Reducing Racial Disparities in Health Care

Address racial biases and barriers. Improve equality in health care.

In partnership with the Disparities Solutions Center at MGH, this course will help you deliver high-quality health care to all through organizational change.

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Digital Health

The future of health care is digital

Digital technologies and big data offer tremendous opportunities to improve health care.

Earn A Certificate of Specialization

The Health Care Leadership Certificate of Specialization offers participants a Learning Path to accelerate their professional development. This Learning Path provides unparalleled access to a faculty of experts who introduce cutting-edge solutions to current industry challenges using the methods you can only find at Harvard.

Participants can take courses that are part of the Health Care Leadership Learning Path in any order, but we suggest they begin with Health Care Economicsthen move on to complete any two of the courses listed above to gain deeper insights and expertise based on their professional needs. 

Those who successfully complete three courses from the Health Care Leadership Learning Path within 18 months will earn a Certificate of Specialization, which can elevate professional standing and signify to employers a commitment to growth and lifelong learning.

In less than 18 months, learners will develop relationships with other rising leaders around the globe and cultivate skills they can immediately apply to advance their careers, strengthen their teams, and become changemakers within their organizations.

How To Get Started

Begin your Health Care Leadership Learning Path by applying for the next cohort of Health Care Economics or one of the other courses listed above. 


Who Will Benefit

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Rising Leaders

Researchers - Entrepreneurs

Medical Providers

Medical Providers

Doctors - Nurses - Clinicians

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Support Staff - Insurers - Managers

About the Faculty

These series courses represent the breadth and depth of Harvard University and its faculty. Learn from professors across disciplines—from Harvard Medical School to Harvard Business School—and hear from experts in leading industries around the globe. Benefit from this wide ranging expertise, studying topics from different points of view and with different categories of emphasis.

Health Care Leadership Courses in Development

In the internet age, and especially with social media, anyone can believe themselves an expert in a given field. While false information can be dangerous in a variety of contexts, reliable public health information can be a matter of life and death. This course aims to present the challenges and opportunities faced by health experts and public health advocates, scholars, journalists, and those working in related fields to promote effective dissemination and comprehension of information about and related to public health. 

More on Health Care Leadership

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The Business of Health Care in the United States

The business of health care in the United States is complicated. How can we ensure that patients have access to care while still adopting important, life-saving innovations that have the potential to improve health and health care?

Addressing Racial Disparities in Health Care

A discussion with health care leaders, moderated by Aswita Tan-McGrory, Director of the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

How To Earn CME Credits with Harvard Online Courses On Health

Harvard University faculty guide you through topics with a focus on the current state of the US health care system and how you can apply innovative approaches to make improvements within your organization.

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