Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Health Care Leadership and Management: Leading Through Change, you will:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the changing health care landscape
  • Examine relationships between patients, clinicians, hospitals, insurers, employers, and communities
  • Explore the economic issues involved in producing, financing, and delivering efficient and equitable health care
  • Learn how to build and lead a culture of experimentation and innovation
  • Strengthen your negotiation and persuasion, agility, communication, strategic thinking, and decision-making skills
  • Build your business acumen with the latest Wharton knowledge and insights in operations, strategy and finance, products and market design, entrepreneurship, and more

Experience and Impact

Health Care Leadership and Management: Leading Through Change uses a blend of interactive lectures, small-group work, simulations, and fireside chats with industry experts to bring your learning to life and empower you with meaningful, real-world skills you can immediately put to use. Strategically beneficial to a wide array of health care professionals, Health Care Leadership and Management: Leading Through Change will immerse you into a dynamic learning experience alongside a new network of accomplished peers from across the health care ecosystem.

By combining industry insight, individual leadership development, and strategic business acumen, Health Care Leadership and Management: Leading Through Change will elevate your effectiveness within your organization, empowering you to lead the organizational change initiatives needed to improve care, access, equity, and patient and provider satisfaction.

You’ll learn the freedom of innovative thinking, the power of persuasive negotiation, and how to apply these disciplines within the health care environment for optimal growth. Each day, an opening faculty-led discussion and reflection session will allow you to address specific challenges and build a personalized toolkit to help you apply your learnings upon returning to work.

Session topics include:

  • The Changing Landscape of Health Care
  • Leading Dynamic Teams
  • Operational Excellence in Health Care: Linking Operations, Finance, and Strategy
  • Behavioral Economics: Improving Health and Health Care by Improving Decision Making
  • Strategic Persuasion and Negotiation
  • Prescription for the Future
  • Leading Change in Health Care
  • Power and Politics in Health Care Ecosystems
  • Unraveling the Politics of Health Care Policy
  • Transforming Care: Innovation Strategies for Health Care Leaders
  • The Role of Psychological Safety in Improving Health Care
  • Managing Health Care Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Accelerators in Health Care: The Innovation Game
  • Understanding Equity in Health and Health Care
  • The Future of Health: Lessons Learned

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Who Should Attend

This program is specifically designed for existing, aspiring, and emerging leaders throughout the health care ecosystem, including:

  • Doctors, nurses, and other clinicians in health care facilities
  • Care-delivery system leaders seeking to improve the quality and efficiency of the services that they provide for patients, the work experience of affiliated staff, and response to industry changes (e.g., AI use and value-based payment)
  • Health insurance leaders seeking to develop and execute better organizational strategy, lead the shift from volume to value, and form effective coalitions to improve the health of populations
  • Biopharmaceutical executives and device manufacturers
  • Technology and innovation company leaders who aim to meet the demand for superior products and services that enable health and health care

Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton Executive Education programs.

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Plan Your Stay

This program is held at the Steinberg Conference Center located on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. Meals and accommodations are included in the program fees. Learn more about planning your stay at Wharton’s Philadelphia campus.

Group Enrollment

To further leverage the value and impact of this program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group-enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants.


Guy David

Guy David, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Alan B. Miller Professor of Health Care Management; Chairperson, Health Care Management Department, The Wharton School; Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Applied microeconomics, emergency medical services, health economics, industrial organization, nonprofit organizations, post-acute care, regulation

Lawton Burns

Lawton Burns, PhDSee Faculty Bio

James Joo-Kim Professor; Professor of Health Care Management; Professor of Management; The Wharton School

Research Interests: Health care management, hospital-physician relationships, integrated health care

Emanuel Ezekiel

Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor; Professor of Health Care Management, The Wharton School; Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Health policy, health care reform, medical ethics, drug pricing, transformations, bundled payments

David Grande

David Grande, MD, MPASee Faculty Bio

Director of Policy, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Associate Professor, Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Research Interests: Bioethics, disadvantaged populations, Medicaid, CHIP, uninsured

Marissa King

Marissa King, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Alice Y. Hung President’s Distinguished Professor; Professor of Health Care Management; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Mary-Hunter McDonnell

Mary-Hunter McDonnell, JD, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Management; Faculty Co-Director, Zicklin Center for Governance and Business Ethics, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Organizational theory (political sociology, institutional theory); nonmarket strategy; corporate governance; corporate misconduct and punishment

Ingrid Nembhard

Ingrid Nembhard, PhD, MSSee Faculty Bio

Fishman Family President's Distinguished Professor; Professor of Management; Professor of Health Care Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Organizational behavior, organizational learning, teamwork and coordination, implementation, quality improvement

Samir Nurmohamed

Samir Nurmohamed, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Adversity, motivation, behavioral ethics, resilience, storytelling, punishment, whistleblowing, cover-ups, socialization, onboarding, injustice, stereotypes, stigma

David Resnick

David Resnick, MSED, MPHSee Faculty Bio

Senior Innovation Manager, Acceleration Lab, Center for Health Care Innovation, Penn Medicine

Research Interests: Reducing health disparities, sharing design methods, and exploring how food and nature improve health

Roy Rosin

Roy Rosin, MBASee Faculty Bio

Chief Innovation Officer, Penn Medicine

Research Interests: Chronic disease management, clinician behavior, medication adherence, physical activity, mhealth and wearables

Stephen Sammut

Stephen SammutSee Faculty Bio

Lecturer, Management Department; Senior Fellow, Health Care Management Department, The Wharton School

Hummy Song

Hummy Song, PhD, MPPSee Faculty Bio

Assistant Professor of Health Care Management; Assistant Professor, Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Acute care, critical care, hospitals, emergency care, global health, post-acute care

Christian Terwiesch

Christian Terwiesch, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Andrew M. Heller Professor; Department Chairperson and Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Co-Director, Mack Institute of Innovation Management, The Wharton School; Professor of Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Analyzing operational performance, innovation management, R&D management

Kevin Volpp

Kevin Volpp, MD, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Janet and John Haas President’s Distinguished Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy; Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Leonard Davis Institute; Professor of Medicine; Professor of Health Care Management

Date, Location, & Fees

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November 11 – 15, 2024Philadelphia, PA$12,500

April 28 – May 2, 2025Philadelphia, PA$12,500

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