Innovative Healthcare Leadership Certificate Program

Executive Development Center

Executive Development Center


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Who should attend

The Innovative Healthcare Leadership Certificate is designed for emerging and mid-level managers as well as administrators in the healthcare sector or related fields, who wish to advance their career and develop expertise in the business management and leadership of healthcare. The program is intended for healthcare providers, insurers, consumers, and healthcare product manufacturers and distributors, and is also valuable for professionals who support the health service industry, such as healthcare consultants, attorneys, and architects.

About the course

The Innovative Healthcare Leadership (IHcL) Certificate Program consists of four, 10-week courses designed to be immediately applicable in the real world. It is perfect for anyone who works or conducts business in the healthcare sector and is looking to build their leadership skills, discover creative and innovative problem-solving techniques, and have a deeper understanding of the business of healthcare. Complete an orientation course and the following four courses to earn your certificate:

  • Innovative Healthcare Leadership & Design Thinking
  • Innovative Practice Management
  • Business of Healthcare
  • Healthcare Law and Ethics

Innovative Healthcare Leadership Certificate Course Descriptions

Innovative Healthcare Leadership and Design Thinking

In this hands-on course, you will learn and apply the design thinking process to the healthcare industry while developing an understanding of the psychological principles that underlie innovative thinking, problem-solving, and human behavior. We will explore organizational power dynamics and develop a meaningful approach to overcoming daily challenges. Along with your Pod mates, you will explore enhanced interpersonal communication techniques and learn to execute these techniques within your organization for immediate impact on your work environment. In this course, you will learn about and practice design thinking skills through a variety of teaching and learning methods including experiential exercises, case studies and direct project application. This course will require you to spend a great deal of time out in the field as part of your actual coursework.

Innovative Practice Management

In this dynamic course, you will work with your colleagues and a variety of experts to refine your Healthcare Leadership Project (HLP), explore challenges in healthcare policy, HR and organizational governance in healthcare, patient-centered care, and incorporating Advanced Practice Clinicians (APC) into medical practices. You will learn alongside your classmates and a variety of guest lecturers as we examine the complex nature of running a modern healthcare practice. You will build your knowledge in several key areas that leaders in healthcare need to understand in order to position their organizations for success. Additionally, you will review, finalize, and submit your Healthcare Leadership Project.

The Business of Healthcare

This course is an exploration of the basic financial management concepts and nuances of financial management in the health care industry. Managers need to have a solid working knowledge of the financial performance of their business. Not only as an exercise about how to deploy scarce resources, but it needs to tell a compelling story of why customers, investors, and employees should believe in the business venture. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate a working understanding of GAAP financial statements, read and interpret balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements, describe the factors that impact cash flow in health care organizations as well as accounting systems and the reconciliation process, analyze the importance of financial controls and what to expect in an audit, identify the major concepts in developing and administering payroll systems, and construct and use budgets for financial management and creating accountability.

Healthcare Law and Ethics

In this course, you will explore the philosophical, medical, social, and legal aspects of bioethical issues in healthcare, and learn how to create and maintain a risk management program designed to provide a safe environment for your healthcare-related organization. Healthcare leaders need to understand the multiple influences on decisions faced by patients, families, health care providers, manufacturers, insurers, and organizations. Influencing factors include culture, education, religion, personal and family values, and individual experience. As healthcare has become more highly technical, compartmentalized and impersonal, many ethical considerations are increasingly complex and may be difficult to resolve. In this course, a plethora of case studies are used to explore current issues at the forefront as well as dilemmas raised by class participants in real-time.


Mari Anne Snow

Mari Anne Snow is the founder of Sophaya, which provides innovative business training and strategic management consulting for companies with virtual teams and a dispersed workforce. She has extensive experience in corporate training and the digital business environment and is an adjunct faculty a...

Lori Coakley

Lori Coakley couldn’t be happier with the thank you notes, news of promotions, etc., that adorn one entire wall in her Bryant office. “I’m lucky; I know the impact I have had,” says Coakley, whose dynamic passion for teaching, consulting, and other campus obligations make her a highly visible lea...

Ansis Helmanis

Mr. Helmanis specializes in corporate policy development, regulatory guidance, and advocacy before administrative and legislative branches of government in the US and overseas, and online publishing of global drug and medical device updates. He has worked in the Office of Legislative Services at ...

Andrea Boggio

Andrea Boggio is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies at Bryant University located in Smithfield, Rhode Island (USA). He completed his doctoral studies at Stanford University where he graduate in 2003 with a JSD degree. He is the author of Compensating Asbestos Victims. Law and the Dark Side o...

Mike Hudson

Mike is a results-driven Healthcare Executive with experience in Fortune 100 insurance companies, management consulting and Big 4 accounting. He is the former CFO of BCBSRI. At BCBSRI, Mike was responsible for efficient and effectives operations, eliminating waste and controlling costs without sa...

Judith Bentkover

Judith Bentkover is on Health Care 500’s list of the most influential health policy makers in the U.S. and is recognized as a developer of pharmacoeconomics, translating cost-benefit methodology into innovative strategic management tools. Dr. Bentkover has authored over 100 research articles, cha...

Meryl Moss

Meryl Moss serves as Chief Operating Officer of Coastal Medical. In her role, Ms. Moss is orchestrating a complete practice transformation at Coastal Medical. With 25-years of healthcare experience, Moss provides the insight and leadership necessary to continually explore new ways to deliver high...

Stephen Schoenbaum

Dr. Schoenbaum is Special Advisor to the President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, a grant-making organization that fosters innovations in medical and other health professions education. He is Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Leadership at Brown University, and the author of over 175 profession...

Robert Amrien

Robert “Jay” Amrien is the Founding Program Director of the PA Program at Bryant University. He works clinically as a PA at the MGH Chelsea Health Center where he provides care to the wonderfully diverse community of Chelsea. He also lectures nationally and internationally on topics in cardiac me...

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