Brown University’s Executive Masters in Healthcare Leadership: A Mission to Transform

August 11, 2014
William Looney

Pharmaceutical Executive

Mid-career students at Brown University’s new Executive Masters in Healthcare Leadership program are challenging the status quo with workplace projects focused on one thing: removing the organizational silos that slow innovations in the delivery and financing of healthcare.

Mid-career students at Brown University’s new Executive Masters in Healthcare Leadership program are challenging the status quo with workplace projects focused on one thing: removing the organizational silos that slow innovations in the delivery and financing of healthcare.

As the US healthcare system stumbles toward a new consensus built around the “triple aim” of increased access, improved quality, and lower cost, the push is on for new ideas that can test the boundaries of current practice. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) creates a range of incentives to promote this goal, which has added to the momentum around novel reform approaches. Business management schools have jumped with gusto into the fray, providing much of the intellectual heft for integrative, outcomes-oriented programs that stress patient wellness and require medicines to do more than just treat disease.

One institution, Brown University, has gone a step further than many of its counterparts, with a new 16-month Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership (EMHL) program dedicated to empowering mid-career health professionals with the diverse interests, skills and capabilities to challenge that status quo and “transform” healthcare as we now know it.

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