Health Science Leadership Development Program

David Eccles School of Business

David Eccles School of Business


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About the course

To succeed in health care today, professionals must develop innovative strategies and communicate a compelling vision of high quality, cost-effective care. This project-based program is uniquely designed to help health care professionals drive growth and success in their organizations.


The Health Science Leadership Development Program kicks off with an intensive week in Park City, Utah. All lodging accommodations are included in the program fee and will be arranged by the Executive Education team. Participants are required to stay at the hotel the evenings. In addition, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be included.

Modules 1-5: University of Utah: Garff Building

The Health Science Leadership Development Program will continue with five modules taught by prestigious faculty from the David Eccles School of Business. Physicians will learn vital skills to increase their effectiveness and vision as leaders. Breakfast, lunch, and parking are included in the program fee. Lodging and transportation are not provided for these modules.

If you are flying in for this program, we recommend booking lodging accommodation for Modules 1-5 through the University Guest House.

Session 1: Finance/Accounting for Health Care Professionals

This session is designed as an overview of accounting and finance. Participants will gain the necessary tools to interpret and use financial information to make key decisions with a particular focus on practical application.

  • How to use financial information to make decisions that reduce risk and increase the value of the organization
  • How to determine the organization’s cost of capital
  • How to use discounted cash flow analysis to make capital spending decisions
  • How to assess and avoid unreasonable financial risk and manage the planning and control-related activities

Session 2: Leading Change in a Fast-Paced World

This session examines ways to structure and implement change within an organization to improve performance and respond to challenges. Physicians will learn change management theories and how to apply them, ways to mitigate resistance to change, how to combat change fatigue, tools of cooperation, and the elements of successful change efforts.

  • Select the most effective tools of cooperation and change for different situations
  • Evaluate the likelihood that a particular initiative will succeed
  • Identify the steps in putting together an effective change management plan
  • Reduce employee resistance to change

Session 3: Charting Your Path to Strategic Leadership

Many individuals eagerly await their chance to be a strategic leader, envisioning a formal, high-level position earned after years, if not decades, of experience. This session makes the radically empowering assumption that where ever physicians are in their career, they are already a strategic leader. Through out the session, physicians will emphasize critical skills for informal and formal motivation, managing time constraints, estimating risk, and communicating with diverse stakeholders. They will gain both concrete skills and a shift in their mindset to embrace a role where they motivate and inspire others to take risky, time-sensitive actions to create value and impact.

Session 4: Collaborative Negotiations: How to Influence Positive Change in Health Care

In this program, physicians will learn a system for evaluating, monitoring, and improving their abilities as a negotiator. Faculty will share negotiation methods and strategies to help secure solid deals, mediate conflict, and manage decisions.

  • How to make intuitive decisions to improve negotiating power
  • Gain strategies for analyzing data and information relevant to deal-making
  • Improve process for planning and preparing for important high-stakes discussions
  • Design strategies for responding and adapting to reactions during negotiations

Session 5: Executive Presence and Public Speaking

Public speaking is an opportunity to express emotional intelligence, and it becomes a strategic position from which a leader can craft their own leadership narrative. Learn how to examine an audience, implement rhetorical strategies, and deliver a message with effectiveness and confidence.

  • Assess strengths and areas of development as a public speaker
  • Be more persuasive/confident with different audiences (hostile, diverse, etc.)


Robert Allen

Robert D. Allen is a Professor and David Eccles Faculty Scholar at the University of Utah. Bob’s interest in auditing research began during his professional experience with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in Los Angeles. His research has focused on auditor risk assessments, auditor error projection...

Bonita Austin

Bonita Austin is an Associate Professor (Lecturer) and Assistant Department Chair for the Entrepreneurship & Strategy Department in the David Eccles School of Business. Since joining the DESB in August 2008, Ms. Austin has received 4 teaching awards. The awards included the Brady Award for Su...

Kathryn Cañas

Dr. Kathryn A. Cañas is a member of the Management Department in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Her teaching currently includes courses on managing diversity, business communication, and pedagogical theories and practices on both undergraduate and graduate levels. ...

Jennifer Cummings

Jennifer Cummings is a Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the Management Department at the David Eccles School of Business, and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah.Education Ph. D. 2011, Department of Communication, University of Utah. Project...

Heidi Herrick

Dr. Herrick is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the University of Utah. Dr. Herrick’s recent research and consulting work focuses primarily on strategic leadership, enrollment of key stakeholders, innovation, economic development, and operating under conditions of uncertainty. Dr. ...

Katie Liljenquist

Katie Liljenquist is an assistant professor of organizational leadership and strategy at the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. As a National Science Foundation fellow, she did her graduate work at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. She's taught ne...

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