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Healthcare Management

Sharpen your health management skills and gain the business understanding necessary to optimize patient care.

While many healthcare professionals start practicing with limited knowledge of business management, there is likely a point in their career when they’re not just taking care of patients, but also taking care of an organization-at-large. Today, there is a dramatically increased demand for clinicians and health services managers who understand the operational and economic impact of their everyday business decisions.

The eight-week Healthcare Management online program from Yale School of Management Executive Education gives you a fundamental grounding in the business principles and organizational practices of the U.S. healthcare system.

Throughout the program, you’ll learn practical health administration and operational skills to help you optimize patient care, manage finances, and enhance operations. Whether you’re medically trained or a professional working within the sector, you’ll gain the organizational skills required to effectively manage and lead as a healthcare provider. Program convenor and former CEO of Yale Medicine, Dr. Paul Taheri will help you leverage management skills and techniques to run more efficient hospitals, become a more effective leader in the industry, and, most importantly, optimize patient care.

This program bridges the gap between clinical training and essential organizational, managerial, and leadership responsibilities. With modules designed to specifically shed light on the U.S. healthcare system, you’ll gain an introduction to practical business topics with real-world application, including payment plans and structures, budgeting strategies, funding, compensation, compliance, and quality assurance. You’ll also explore the macroeconomic forces that have shaped the current healthcare system, and examine the place of hospitals, group practices, and other organizations within the sector.

COVID-19 has revealed the value, necessity, and power of quality leadership in healthcare. While the program was designed and developed just prior to the pandemic, its lessons of business operations and leadership remain relevant to leaders and emerging leaders in healthcare.

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This program was exactly what I was looking fora broad overview of healthcare administration with concentrations in critical areas. I have enhanced my knowledge and will apply my learnings in my role as administrator to the Medical Director.

Lori Gomez

About the Program

What to Expect

Learn to optimize patient care as you…

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of funding structures and resource flows within the U.S. healthcare industry
  • Identify the factors required for good financial stewardship within healthcare
  • Learn and reflect on efficient operations management tools and techniques
  • Meet compliance and quality assurance standards, and negotiate potential conflicts of interest
  • Shape organizational strategy to more effectively market a group practice
  • Discover the tools to help you progress from a healthcare manager into a healthcare leader

This program is aimed at both medical and non-medical professionals who are looking to gain a fundamental understanding of business and organizational principles and their application in healthcare.

It’s ideal for medical professionals who currently manage or aim to run their own private practices and require the financial and managerial skills to do so, or for those who are looking to transition into a more administrative or senior role within healthcare. These may include physicians, registered nurses, surgeons, and allied health professionals.

This program will also benefit non-medical professionals who are responsible for managing teams, budgeting, and guiding organizational strategy or policy, but may be new to the role or lack a background in the healthcare industry. The tools and techniques acquired can be used to sharpen management and leadership skills, or help prepare individuals to take the next step in their organization. These may include medical and health service managers, general managers, consultants, analysts and directors in the healthcare sector.

  • Orientation Module
  • Module 1: Introduction to the economics of healthcare
  • Module 2: Financial resources underpinning healthcare
  • Module 3: Operations management and healthcare delivery
  • Module 4: Balancing patient rights and physician interests
  • Module 5: Financial principles underlying health systems
  • Module 6: The physician’s role in capital budgeting
  • Module 7: Physician organization
  • Module 8: Physician leadership

This course was extremely helpful in connecting my business acumen to healthcare management. My understanding of healthcare management and leadership is well-rounded from understanding the current challenges clinical facilities manage, capital funding, project management within the clinical setting, and effective leadership.

Angela Jones

Faculty & Practitioners

Program Convener

Paul Taheri
Paul Taheri

Former Deputy Dean for Clinical Affairs and CEO, Yale Medicine

Paul Taheri, MD, MBA, is the former Chief Executive Officer of Yale Medicine and former Deputy Dean at the Yale School of Medicine, providing leadership for a rapidly expanding physician organization that combines the best compassionate care with the latest in advancing medicine. He joined Yale Medicine from University of Vermont (UVM), where he was President and CEO of the UVM Medical Group in Burlington, and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, as well as a professor of surgery. Before that he was Division Chief of Trauma, Burn and Critical Care, and then Vice Chair of Surgery at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he completed his MBA at the Ross School of Business. Dr. Taheri, who is originally from Buffalo, N.Y., completed his medical degree at New York University and his general surgical residency at Tulane University. Yale Medicine’s CEO is also the past chair of the Group on Faculty Practices for the Association of American Medical Colleges and an examiner for the American Board of Surgery. He has lectured broadly on various business topics, including cost of care, physician leadership and system optimizations.

Registration Information

Program Details

Registration closes: June 04, 2024
Program starts with orientation: June 12, 2024

There are no prerequisites for this program. Register to get started. Our online program collaborator, GetSmarter, will welcome you and guide you through the steps to secure your place in the program.

A program fee reduction of 15% is available for those working in the nonprofit or government sectors; Yale University alumni; small groups of 3-6; and those who have previously participated in a Yale Executive Education program with Yale SOM or 2U/GetSmarter.*

*Discounts cannot be combined.

This program does not qualify for veteran financial aid or veterans benefits at this time.

Program Collaborator

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This program is presented entirely online in collaboration with leaders in digital education, GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. Technology meets academic rigor in GetSmarter’s people-mediated model which enables lifelong learners across the globe to obtain industry-relevant skills that are certified by the world’s most reputable academic institutions. This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals and results in unprecedented certification rates for online courses.

View the Healthcare Management online program on the GetSmarter website.

Modules are released on a weekly basis and can be completed in your own time and at your own pace.