Health Care Leadership


What do you need to lead a business in the health care sector?


Health care is a complex, multidisciplinary endeavor, requiring leaders to direct and motivate diverse teams representing varying educational and cultural backgrounds as well as different business functions. How can you balance the needs of patients, providers, and payers? What tactics are most important for a valuable, competitive, and sustainable health care practice? Do you know how to protect your patients against racial disparities built into the health care system?

Health Care Leadership is designed for emerging leaders in provider, payer, and life sciences organizations. The series includes courses in business strategy, economics, and digital health, delivering key lessons in leadership and management for today’s health care landscape. Taken together, these courses allow you to develop a comprehensive approach to health care leadership and consider strategies for an ever-evolving sector.


Who is this series for?

The Health Care Leadership Series is designed for rising leaders in health care organizations who are working to effect change in their organizations. Leaders with a clinical, science, or technical background will become better strategists and business leaders, and those with existing business, or finance training will benefit from insights into the challenges and perspectives of front-line health care delivery professionals.



About the Faculty

These series courses represent the breadth and depth of Harvard University and its faculty. Learn from professors across disciplines -- from Harvard Medical School to Harvard Business School -- and hear from experts in leading industries around the globe. Benefit from this wide ranging expertise, studying topics from different points of view and with different categories of emphasis.

The Series at a Glance

Health Care Economics: balancing the needs of patients and purchasers is a daily struggle for health care leaders and central to the success of any business in the health care field. Taught by Harvard Medical School faculty, Health Care Economics provides insights into the interactions between industries in the health care sector and teaches what economic forces are shaping health care.

  • Why is health care so expensive (in absolute and relative terms)?
  • What role should patients and providers play in making important choices about care, and what role should cost play in those decisions?
  • Why is the risk pool for health insurance so important, and how do we manage it?
  • How can we structure benefits to promote efficient consumer decision-making?
  • How do we structure payments to promote efficient provider decision-making and to reward innovation?




The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 19.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have access to claim their credits through the Harvard Medical School’s continuing education platform.

Interested in other Harvard Medical School accredited online continuing education courses? Visit the Harvard Medical School CE Catalog.



For Organizations

Organizations of all sizes can benefit from a partnership with these courses. Our partners at HBS Online can work with you to create a solution that fits your business’ learning and development needs.

Solutions for every organization



Get Started With These Courses

Health Care Strategy

Health Care Strategy: will enable learners to evaluate the strategies and prospects of a new or existing venture. This course will also allow learners to gain insights that can be used to develop a sustainable strategy for their organization to deliver and capture value.

  • Value creation and value capture, sustainability and barriers to entry
  • Industry structure, competitive positioning, differentiation, and tradeoffs
  • Boundaries of the firm: when to integrate, partner or compete
  • Shocks: regulatory/reimbursement changes, demand shifts, and technology change

Digital Health

Digital Health: provides a framework to think strategically about digital transformation in health care in the context of its complex ecosystem and culture. Through a deepened appreciation for both the capabilities of the technologies as well as health care-specific challenges, learners will be better prepared to develop or implement digital innovations that create value and improve health care delivery.

  • Digital transformation in the health care enterprise
  • Real world evidence and practical frameworks for evaluating health apps
  • Understanding unmet needs of patients and providers
  • Improving patient outcomes in large health care systems
  • Privacy and ethical issues in digital health