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Advanced Health Leadership Program

Equipping health system leaders for the future.

Take the first step towards implementing personal, organizational and system change through health leadership development and management school expertise.


The Advanced Health Leadership Program targets current and potential members of executive teams in the health system; it focuses on the development of the next generation of health leaders. It seeks to improve their understanding and skills in the areas of leadership, management of change, emotional and political intelligence and Integrative ThinkingTM.

The program has been redesigned to reflect changes in health systems across Canada (e.g. home care and primary care reform, new funding models, evolving structures, human resource challenges, financial sustainability and greater demand for integration and quality). This program is designed to equip senior leaders in the health and life sciences sector with new strengths to play a leadership role in a changing health system.

Program Details

The Advanced Health Leadership Program will launch its eleventh offering in 2017. The program focuses on leadership competencies required to implement the foundational building blocks of personal, organizational and system change. Through a combination of health leadership development and management school expertise, the program provides a challenging opportunity for personal leadership development for current and potential members of executive teams working in the sector. The seniority and diversity of participants creates a unique forum and network for discussion, reflection and learning that will have immediate and lasting relevance to their careers.

Program Themes

System, Organizational and Personal Leadership: Successful leadership means determining what to do under conditions of great uncertainty, while considering an enormous amount of information and the multiple and conflicting interests of many stakeholders. Additionally, leaders in health care are often required to accomplish their objectives by working with (not through) people over whom they have little or no formal control. That is, they influence the thoughts and behaviours of others through persuasion rather than coercion.  Lastly, leaders are architects, designing organizations and environments in which staff can maximize individual performance and the performance of their organizations.

Management of Change: Understanding and leading change effectively requires the adoption of a systematic approach to change and a process for working with individuals and groups, both inside and outside the organization. Learners will develop a range of strategies and tactics that will assist them in designing and implementing major change initiatives.

Emotional and Political Intelligence: Effective leaders are self aware. They understand  their own emotional responses and the impact their behaviour has on others. This constitutes emotional intelligence and connects closely to political intelligence, which involves the development of sophisticated skills in partnership, network building, influencing, negotiating and management of complex problems. Learners in this program will be able, in a confidential and secure environment, to study their own and others' reactions to common group and organizational experiences and consider how their behaviour is affected by both conscious and unconscious forces.

Integrative ThinkingTM and Managerial Tools: Integration is the hallmark of effective health systems.  As health systems move aggressively towards implementing organizational system changes, the ability to think integratively will be paramount.  Integrative thinkers build models rather than choose between them. Their models include consideration of numerous variables such as clients, employees, other health service providers, cost structures, health sector evolution and legislative environment. Their models capture the complicated, multi-faceted and multidirectional causal relationships between the key variables in any problem. Integrative thinkers consider the problem as a whole, rather than breaking it down and farming out the parts. They creatively resolve tensions without making costly trade-offs, turning challenges into opportunities. Health sector leaders will be exposed to a range of integrative thinking frameworks and tools and will develop the means to adapt and apply them to their organizations.

Who Should Attend

The program is meant for current or potential senior members of leadership teams in health service provider organizations, agencies and other health system organizations. It is designed to draw a mix of clinical and non-clinical leaders. Typical job titles include Chief Executive Officer, Chief of Nursing or Medicine, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Director of Marketing, General Manager, Senior Consultant, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director, and Clinical Department Head.

While most of the places in the program are for participants coming from publicly funded organizations (transfer payment agencies), a small number of places are available for participants from private sector organizations serving the publicly funded system. Participants from outside of Ontario are welcome.

Selection Criteria:

The selection committee uses a variety of criteria in its participant selection decisions:

  • on track to be a senior leader, executive, or CEO in the next 5 years
  • currently on an executive team or evidence of executive-level leadership (approximately 10-20 years of experience)
  • responsibility for financial and/or clinical performance
  • history of successfully managing and motivating staff
  • record of initiative and achievement (e.g. successfully led a change process that delivered tangible results)
  • experience of successfully working with a broad set of stakeholders, including: clinicians; professional associations; governments; and other provider organizations
  • indications of career progression and ambition based on resume and personal statement
  • strong letter of support from a CEO or Board Chair


"Providers need to shift their focus from treating illness to fostering wellness and population health." -Brian Golden, Vice-Dean, Professional Programs

The Health Leadership program was the most valuable and intensive learning experience of my career.  Every health care leader today requires health leadership training to do their job appropriately and effectively.

James G. Wright
VP Medical, The Hospital for Sick Children

When people are pushed out of their comfort zone, that’s when breakthrough learning occurs. The program helped me to articulate what kind of leader I want to be, and provided me with the skills and tools to take me to another level.

Stacey Daub
Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre

The faculty were amazing, and my classmates were also wonderful. The opportunity to interact with people spanning the spectrum of health care is truly unique. The course material itself challenged me intellectually and on a personal level, it has given me a whole new perspective on my role and how to leverage my personal strengths to maximum effect.

Dr. Richard F. McLean
VP Medical Affairs and Quality, Hamilton Health Sciences

As a community-based health leader this unique course was invaluable because it provided research based leadership principles that can be directly applied to our most pressing health system challenges. AHLP challenged my own leadership through its strategic design of course content and having a wide spectrum of health care leaders working together.

John Neufeld
Executive Director, House of Friendship


The next offering of this program begins in February 2017.

Program days begin at 8:30am and typically end between 5:00pm and 6:00pm. This includes breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.  Breakfast is served between 8:00am and 8:30am. Some evenings may run later if there is a dinner scheduled.

The module dates are as follows:

Module I: February 27–March 3, 2017
Module II: April 24–28, 2017
Module III: June 12–16, 2017

All sessions will be held at the Rotman School of Management, 105 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario.

The application period for the Advanced Health Leadership Program is now closed.

For more information, please contact:

Reema Chaudhry
Program Officer
Tel: 416.946.7514
Fax: 416.948.5656

Dates and FeesMark your calendar

15-day program (three 5-day modules) 

The three module dates are as follows: 
- Module I: February 27–March 3, 2017
- Module II: April 24–28, 2017
- Module III: June 12–16, 2017

Rotman School of Management, 105 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario 

Contact Us For More Information

Reema Chaudhry
Program Officer
Tel: 416.946.7514
Fax: 416.948.5656

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