Online Certificate in Lean Healthcare


Program Description


Lean thinking has been increasingly embraced in healthcare environments because of its emphasis on improving access and the patient experience by decreasing costs, reducing errors and boosting employee service and productivity. The Lean Healthcare Specialization will prepare you to influence change by identifying and removing non-value added activities — the waste in time, money, supplies and goodwill — in any healthcare organization that otherwise hide in plain view.

This short online program is designed for professionals at all levels of a healthcare organization who wish to advance their careers as well as those looking to enhance their current credentials by expanding into the healthcare industry.

Who Should Attend

  • Healthcare supervisors, managers, executives and other value stream owners
  • Healthcare providers in settings, such as hospital facilities, urgent care centers, clinics and outpatient care centers, nursing, residential and mental healthcare facilities, medical groups, and senior care centers
  • Healthcare administrators who wish to advance their careers
  • Process improvement healthcare practitioners
  • Clinicians planning to move into supervisory or management-oriented roles
  • Operations and support staff in healthcare settings
  • Healthcare IT professionals who are troubleshooting and delivering infrastructures and solutions to adopt lean methodologies and support lean initiatives; and
  • Current Green Belts who wish to transition into or advance in the healthcare industry

Career Insight

Occupational summary for medical and health services managers in the United States.

  • Jobs: 364,812 (2019)
  • Projected Growth: 17.4% (2019-2029)
  • Annual Salary: $75k-$129k (25th-75th Percentile)

Program Benefits

  • Demonstrate practical understanding of the concepts, principles and tools of lean as applied to healthcare environments
  • Engage in critical thinking and problem solving to identify the drivers and barriers to innovative solutions for healthcare challenges across all healthcare functions
  • Identify, define and embed critical lean mindsets and behaviors needed to establish and sustain a lean culture
  • Engage in the mapping of the current state of any value stream, followed by focused waste identification, elimination and process optimization
  • Apply a range of proven lean tools and techniques to key business support processes, such as strategic business planning, performance management, procurement, human capital management and information management
  • Express a necessary level of competency and confidence in the application of lean principles through the completion of specialization exercises and projects within their own workplace; and
  • Add value in the new environment of big data through exposure to evolving applications of lean concepts in predictive analytics, data mining, the Internet of Things, agile project management and other disruptive business and management theories

Course Schedule

Required Courses

  • Lean Concepts and Enablers in Healthcare (1.5 units)
  • Core Lean Tools and Improvement Principles in Healthcare (1.5 units)
  • Emerging Industry Trends and the Expanding Role of Lean in Healthcare Delivery (1 unit)
  • Lean Healthcare Capstone Experience

Last updated Jun 2019

About the School

In the U.S. News & World Report annual college survey, UC Irvine is ranked among the top 50 universities nationally, and ranks tenth among all public universities.

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