Graduate Certificate in Innovative Healthcare Leadership

The Innovative Healthcare Leadership Certificate consists of four, 10-week courses designed to be immediately applicable in the real world. 

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Program Overview

Healthcare is a patient-centered business. The IHcL Certificate will provide a solid background in business and leadership principles. Students will learn and apply the design thinking process to the healthcare industry, discovering meaningful approaches to overcome daily challenges. Courses are online providing ultimate flexibility for the busy professional. It is perfect for anyone who works or conducts business in the healthcare sector.

The certificate is designed for emerging and mid-level managers, and healthcare specialists seeking to increase their professional education within the healthcare sector or to achieve their Professional MBA Online with a specialization in Innovative Healthcare Leadership. 

For more information, please contact:

Graduate Admission

Angelina Denomme
Assistant Director, Graduate Admission
Phone: (401) 232-6207

  • Summer I 2023: May 27 – August 5, Application Deadline is April 21, 2023
  • Fall I: August 5 - October 14, Application Deadline is June 30, 2023
  • Fall II: October 14 - December 23, Application Deadline is TBD

There will also be program start dates in Winter 2024, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 but those dates and application deadlines are TBD.

MBAO 565. Innovative Healthcare Leadership and Design Thinking. 3 Credit Hours. 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.


2023-2024 Academic Year*

$2,262 per 3-credit course ($754 per credit)

Strategies for Success (Orientation) course fee


* Tuition rates are subject to annual change based on approval by the Board of Trustees, typically in the spring of the preceding academic year.