Harvard Macy Programs

Leading Innovations in Health Care & Education

Offered Annually in Boston, MA
Next Program:
June 12-17, 2016
Application Deadline:
February 21, 2016

Program Directors:

Program Objectives Forward progress in health care delivery is dependent on fundamental reform across the continuum of health care education, including graduate and postgraduate education and continuing professional development. This is achieved through a systems approach to major organizational change, by professionals equipped with the tools and knowledge to lead and manage change in the care delivery system and educational environment. In this course, educational leaders collaborate to develop approaches and action plans to fulfill their institutions' educational and health care delivery missions.

At the end of this program, scholars will be able to:

  • Anticipate the disruptive innovations likely to impact health care delivery and the intertwined educational programs
  • Assess an institution’s structure, processes, culture and readiness for change
  • Define and balance educational and other institutional missions
  • Identify leadership styles that foster systemic educational innovation
  • Negotiate and build coalitions
  • Design strategic and operational plans
  • Obtain and allocate resources
  • Manage conflict and resistance to change
  • Continue recalibrating vision and mission to maintain momentum and quality

Program Description Virtually all health care systems are struggling to contain costs while offering excellent quality health care to patients. Similarly, educational programs charged with training future health care providers are challenged with expanding numbers of students, efficiencies in teaching formats and increasing costs.

The program curriculum is designed to assist you in developing your own strategies for leading change within a rapidly evolving health care delivery system. Using classic management studies and case studies of education reform, you will analyze the interlocking elements of change strategies and develop guiding principles drawn from organizational research.

Teaching/learning formats include case studies with small and full group discussions, interactive presentations, and panel discussions. You will meet each day with others from similar institutions to develop action plans for change. The informal exchange of insights and experiences among international participants and faculty drawn from multiple professional disciplines is a vital part of the experience. We are fortunate to once again offer this unique leadership course with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, internationally recognized for his teaching style and work on disruptive innovation, and best selling author of The Innovator's Prescription and Disrupting Class: How disruption will change the way the world learns. These books are becoming required readings in governments and Academic Health Centers around the world seeking to reform their health care systems and their education programs.

Attendance is limited due to the intensive teacher-learner interaction in a small group format.


“This new infusion of knowledge has broadened my perspectives and stimulated new creative thoughts. I am forever changed.”

Lillian Nanney, Ph.D., Director of Teaching Academy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center


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