Through real-world examples and hands-on education, the MHS in Clinical Leadership provides health care professionals with the training necessary to be adept and versatile leaders who can meet the complexities of today’s ever-changing health care environment with innovative solutions.

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This 42-credit hour clinical leadership program emphasizes direct practice and application of content and skills learned from the program. It develops students into versatile and adept leaders willing to address the problems in the health care industry. Graduates are better prepared to anticipate and respond to change, set new direction, build partnerships and solve day-to-day problems. Skills like teambuilding, interprofessional teamwork, communication and creative problem solving are honed.

The Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership creates leaders who:

  • Create the environments required to improve health and health care, not just treat diseases.
  • Focus on delivery and support of health care in the context of the community and the population served.
  • Effect change through analytical decision making while balancing professional effectiveness.
  • Respond quickly by positioning, adapting, and restructuring for competitiveness.
  • Anticipate trends, competitive forces and market pressures.
  • Measure effectiveness through individual consumer and population health improvement.
  • Collaborate with external partners and share accountability.
  • Organize and administer complex clinical delivery systems.

This comprehensive program provides perspective and knowledge that is valuable for health care leaders working in rural, urban, or large-evolving organizations.

The clinical leadership program is offered through Duke University’s School of Medicine and was created in 2000 in collaboration with Duke University School of Nursing, The Fuqua School of Business at Duke, Duke University School of Law, and The Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke. Today, the program’s original partners still collaborate in advisory or teaching capacities for the program’s comprehensive interdisciplinary core curriculum.

"Unquestionably, my colleagues and I have departed the Clinical Leadership Program with the central skills needed to develop and maintain effective relationships with others, build high performance teams, and the capacity to enhance the delivery of health services and programs in our communities."

Jacob Bustoz, MHS-CL, FACHE
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Class of 2014