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New master’s in healthcare administration and leadership open for enrollment

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Building upon its unique model of equipping future doctors with comprehensive leadership training, the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, in partnership with the WSU Carson College of Business, is expanding its expertise to all health care professionals with the launch of its new online Master of Healthcare Administration and Leadership program.  

Designed for health care executives to sharpen their leadership skills and business competencies and for rising health care professionals to advance their careers, the program offers both degree and certificate options to meet individual needs and interests.

Enrollment is now open for learners to pursue the 38-credit master’s degree or one, two or three certificates in any order on topics including Foundations of Leadership, Essentials of Healthcare, and Managing the Business of Healthcare. Completing three certificates and a capstone project qualifies students to receive the full master’s degree. 

“In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, the need for health care professionals to be effective leaders in their organizations and communities has never been greater,” said Luisita Francis, MD, associate dean for land grant mission and community engagement and director for the Master of Healthcare Administration and Leadership program. “This new program is one of the many ways the WSU College of Medicine is working to fulfill its mission. Further, we are proud to harness the expertise and outstanding reputation of the Carson College of Business to help health care professionals gain critical business and leadership skills to serve the complex needs of health care today.”

Leveraging its deep bench of health care business leaders and collaborators across Washington state, the program’s faculty includes current health care experts who run complex hospital systems, lead academic institutions, and drive research activities within health systems. 

Learners will develop immediately applicable administrative, ethical and professional skills for middle and upper management health care leadership roles; and be prepared to handle complex new developments in ethics, economics, finance, management, policy and technology.

Classes begin in fall 2023. For more information, visit

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