Health Care Leadership Intensive for Managers

Certificate of Specialization:Executive Leadership in Health Care
  • On-Site
  • May 59, 2025
  • $4,850

Program Overview

Improve Your Leadership Effectiveness

This leadership development program is designed to improve your leadership skills and prepare you to tackle complex challenges, comprehend cost analysis, drive change, and effectively manage health care organizations. With a strong focus on interactive case studies and small group discussions, the format of this program ensures you will leave ready to maximize your strengths, build and engage strong teams, and position your organization for both short- and long-term success.

During the program, you will explore topics such as financial management, negotiation, and patient experience—all in the context of health care. Whether you are leading a company or running a department, this program will help you capitalize on opportunities, build effective teams, and make an impact.

Program Benefits—Why You Should Participate

Gain insight into and develop the skills required to lead effectively in the dynamic and fast-changing field of health care. You will learn from distinguished Harvard faculty and network with professionals from prominent organizations.

Take the Next Step in Your Career Evolution with the
Executive Leadership in Health Care Certificate of Specialization 

Health Care Leadership Intensive for Managers is one of the nine programs eligible for the Executive Leadership in Health Care Certificate of Specialization, which is specially designed for those who desire to learn how to excel at managing and leading groups in a health care setting. The Certificate consists of three* programs—offered both online and on-site in Boston, MA—designed and taught by Harvard Faculty and prominent health care leaders to prepare you for the future of an ever-changing health care industry.

For more information, visit our Executive Leadership in Health Care Certificate of Specialization page.

*Program for Chairs of Clinical Services and Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers each count as two programs towards the certificate.

Program Benefits

  • Understand and develop your personal leadership style
  • Improve your strategy, finance, and policy skills
  • Build and sustain high functioning teams
  • Engage in negotiation and meta-leadership

Objectives & Highlights

Program Highlights

  • Leadership sessions on negotiation, conflict resolution, financial management, team dynamics, and more
  • Active discussion groups that facilitate the sharing of experiences, address specific challenges, and create workplace solutions
  • Distinguished Harvard faculty members, complemented by health care industry experts
  • Networking with fellow health care leaders from around the world who you can rely on for guidance as you return to your organization

Learning Objectives

  • Identify leadership styles, strategies and approaches to improve personal navigation of challenges and opportunities
  • Understand design thinking and how it can be used as a process for stimulating innovation in your organization
  • Use interest-based negotiation, multidimensional problem solving, meta-leadership, and other effective techniques to build collaboration and manage conflicts across complex health care systems
  • Gain a firm grasp of appropriate financial management for your department or organization Understand and leverage your skills to transform and lead groups into productive, high-performing teams
  • Develop the crucial qualities, actions, and approaches necessary to be a successful leader
  • Improve capacity to manage change in your organization
  • Develop a leadership toolkit that can be implemented immediately on return to your organization

Practical Learning Format

The primary teaching method for this program consists of interactive learning with small group discussions, case studies, and in-class exercises. Morning discussion groups are scheduled to review readings, respond to content questions, and share reactions. This process provides an opportunity to work closely with your colleagues to solve real-world issues.

Credits and Logistics


May 2025

Please check back for updated information.

Program Check-in

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
FXB Building
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

The program takes place at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, located in the heart of the Harvard Longwood Campus in Boston. Public transportation is also readily available to the city’s many shopping districts, museums, and restaurants.

For directions, please click here.

Continuing Education Credit

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 31.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will grant 3.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this program, equivalent to 31 contact hours of education. Participants can apply these contact hours toward other professional education accrediting organizations.

All credits subject to final agenda.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion of the program.


Current faculty, subject to change.

Louise Weed, MS

Program Director

May 59, 2025
Department of Health Policy and Management
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


May 5 – 9, 2025

All Times are Eastern Time (ET).

Monday, May 5, 2025
7:30–8:00 am Check-In & Breakfast
8:00–8:30 am IT Orientation
8:30–10:00 am Introduction to the Program
10:00–10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:30 am–12:00 pm Investing for Health Equity Impact
12:00–1:00 pm Lunch
1:00–2:30 pm What is Leadership?
2:30–2:45 pm Refreshment Break
2:45–4:45 pm Leading Teams
Tuesday, May 6, 2025
8:00–8:30 am Breakfast / Discussion Groups
8:30–10:30 am Meta-Leadership and the Person of the Meta-Leader
10:30–11:00 am Refreshment Break
11:00 am–12:30 pm Meta-Leadership: The Situation and Connectivity
12:30–1:30 pm Lunch
1:30–3:15 pm The Walk in the Woods: Negotiation, Complex Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
3:15–3:30 pm Refreshment Break
3:30–4:45 pm Crisis Leadership: Building the Swarm
Wednesday, May 7, 2025
8:00–8:45 am Breakfast / Discussion Groups
8:45–10:15 am The Management Control Function
10:15–10:45 am Refreshment Break
10:45 am–12:15 pm The Management Control Function (cont'd)
12:15–1:15 pm Lunch
1:15–3:00 pm The Management Control Function (cont'd)
3:00–3:15 pm Refreshment Break
3:15–4:45 pm Patient Experience and Staff Engagement
5:45–6:15 pm Networking Event
Thursday, May 8, 2025
8:00–8:30 am Breakfast/Networking
9:00–10:30 am Innovation Problem Solving: Breaking Fixedness
10:30–11:00 am Refreshment Break
11:00 am–12:30 pm Leveraging Your Strengths as a Successful Leader in Health Care
12:30–1:30 pm Lunch
1:30–3:00 pm Change Management
3:00–3:15 pm Refreshment Break
3:15–4:45 pm Building Your Career Constellation
Friday, May 9, 2025
8:00–8:30 am Breakfast
8:30–10:00 am Everest
10:00–10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:30 am–12:00 pm Everest 2.0: Heading Home
12:00–1:00 pm Lunch
1:00–2:30 pm Getting to the Top: Pearls of Wisdom and Lessons Learned along the Way
2:30–2:45 pm Refreshment Break
2:45–4:15 pm Getting to the Top: Pearls of Wisdom and Lessons Learned along the Way (cont'd)
4:15–4:15 pm Program Close

This agenda is subject to change.

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Who Should Participate

This program is well-suited for executives and emerging leaders in both clinical and nonclinical roles from across the health sector. Ideal participants include:

  • C-Suite and Senior Executives
  • Clinical and Administrative Managers
  • Department Chairs/Division Chiefs
  • Group Practice Executives
  • Health Care Consultants
  • Health Systems Executives
  • Hospital Executives
  • Medical Directors
  • Nurse Executives
  • Physician Executives