The curriculum in health care leadership is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in the healthcare industry. Students study leadership and administration, human resources, public policy, epidemiology, law, and ethics in a healthcare context. Key policies, principles, and practices of healthcare administration and leadership are explored within the context of personal and professional development.

Concordia University Chicago's Master of Arts in Leadership Studies program is based on the conviction that leaders must learn to lead change so that services and deliverables are effectively, ethically and efficiently delivered to an increasingly diverse population, in the context of a changing economy and rapidly developing technologies. The graduate program in leadership studies focuses on practitioner needs by linking theory to the best practices of leadership.

The leadership skills that students attain while pursuing a master’s in leadership are transferable across all types of organizations—private, for-profit, nonprofit and public. The Concordia-Chicago leadership curriculum was developed to prepare students to lead organizational change and innovation while managing the challenges of continuous change and global competition.

Students who pursue their master’s in leadership may be working as or want to pursue careers such as information officers, strategic planners, project managers, sales directors, military officers, hospital administrators, and religious leaders. The Concordia-Chicago master of arts in leadership studies is designed for people with all types of backgrounds and interests, whether they work or want to work in the government, nonprofit, for-profit, healthcare, higher education, military, and human services at the local, regional, national, or global level.


Core Qualities of a Leader

While salaries vary based on industry, experience, and geographic location, the following qualities are essential leadership skills that are relevant and necessary for all organizations. The MA in leadership at Concordia University Chicago is the program where you can acquire or hone your leadership and managerial skills, with special emphasis on communication, problem-solving, and decision-making.

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decision-making skills. Top executives need decision-making skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead a successful organization by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must organize and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need problem-solving skills after identifying issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Top Executive.


Why Pursue a Master's in Leadership?

Are you a big picture or a detail-oriented person? The organizational landscape is one that is global, change-oriented, and fast-paced. Leaders need to be forward thinkers, innovators, sensitive, flexible, and able to adapt to the demands and expectations of stakeholders.

While an MBA will prepare you to manage, an MA in leadership will prepare you to lead. Organizations need leaders who understand that the top-down type of leadership must give way to an organic and fluid method of leading others. You will emerge with a confidence of knowing you can lead with strategic foresight.

The program’s central core focuses on leadership theory and offers specializations in knowledge management, health services, servant leadership, higher education leadership, and organizational leadership. Concordia University Chicago leadership students become part of a global learning community of individuals and graduate with the essential leadership toolkit containing communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, research and analysis, and people skills.


Curriculum

*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.


The curriculum in health care leadership is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in the healthcare industry. Students study leadership and administration, human resources, public policy, epidemiology, law, and ethics in a healthcare context. Key policies, principles, and practices of healthcare administration and leadership are explored within the context of personal and professional development.


Core Courses

Leadership and Excellence

Overview of leadership theories and leadership concepts, systems and organizational perspectives, organizational performance and effectiveness, and learning organization concepts and strategies.

Strategic Leadership and Planning

The course is designed to prepare students with diverse perspectives, frameworks, skills, and tools for executing effective strategy within mission-driven organizations. Topics include effective mission-driven organizations, role of strategic leadership, tools for developing and assessing strategic engagement, stakeholder concerns, and opportunities for leading change initiatives and strategic planning.

Ethical and Social Leadership

Examine and explore ethical dilemmas of leadership, the context, and foundations of moral choice, moral implications of decisions and ramifications of leader choices. Ethical challenges and decision-making criteria, stewardship and social responsibility in an age of increased organizational accountability and transparency.

Introduction to Research

This course examines foundation level principles and processes of social and behavioral research as applied across disciplines. This course is designed to enable students to acquire both a basic understanding and skills in general research methods. Specifically, the course prepares students to be critical consumers of research and to be an active participant in the generation and implementation of research knowledge.


Specialization Courses

Health Care Systems I

An overview of the healthcare systems focusing on the role of values, assessment of health status and analysis of need, access and use of services, supply, demand, and distribution of health resources, analysis of health care costs and expenditures.

Health Care Systems II

Examination of the private and public financing of health services, quality of care assessment, control of quality and costs of care, professional self-regulation and compliance, leadership and administration approaches, and government regulations and system reform.

Leading People in Health Care Organizations

Knowledge and skills for understanding and effective leadership of people in healthcare organizations (human resources). Strategies for dealing with culture, diversity, teams, cross training, virtual issues. Prerequisites: HAL 6100 and HAL 6150

Legal and Ethical Considerations in Health Care

Examination of the major legal issues encountered in the healthcare industry. Topics are principles of liability, contract negotiations, legal aspects of medical ethics, access to included health care and legislative, regulatory and compliance protocol.

Health Care Finance and Economics

Issues in health finance, particularly as these impact health care administration, health policy, policy formation, and population health. Microeconomic and macroeconomic considerations are presented.

Public Policy in Health Care

Issues related to US Public Health Policy and allocation of resources. Consideration of local, state, regional, and national public health funding and policy. Examination of healthcare policy on health education and promotion, medical services, and practice.


Capstone Experience

Leadership Capstone

This course serves a culminating experience in which students are expected to apply knowledge and insights gained from their graduate course experience. The course is designed to provide a final experience in which students demonstrate mastery of content and allow an opportunity for closure and connection between courses. The purpose of this capstone course is to facilitate the integration and synthesis of content through critical thinking; it is also a turning point for the student from education to professional practice.


Program Length

33 credits*, 24 months

Program taught in:
English

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