Health and Hospital Leadership






Health leadership is central to health systems and services at all levels and essential for improving the quality of healthcare. It provides innovative solutions to the current and emerging challenges in this modern era. When health systems are transforming rapidly, they require to be steered by visionary, knowledgeable, and trained health leadership equipped with global competencies of the 21st century. Polyversity International has planned this course with a greater focus on global perspectives and the contemporary approaches in leading the healthcare organizations.


Introduction and Rationale: 
Health leadership is currently quite a legendary topic. It is considered as fundamental to refining organizational processes and improving the quality of health care. It is also seen as the solution of coping with the existing and emerging challenges in healthcare systems and settings of this modern era. This reflexion is true across the private, public and voluntary sectors. Recent studies, commissions, and reports reveal health leadership is exceptionally critical in achieving the global and national goals, safeguarding sustained reforms, accelerating technological advancements, and transforming healthcare delivery systems and practises.

In many countries of the developing and even developed world, the current public health systems, preventive health programs and hospital care are confronted with new kind of challenges, such as: changing consumer expectations and demands, increasing voices for access to patient-centred care, multifaceted workforce contests and issues, escalating cost of care and fiscal constraints, increasing concerns on health care quality and safety, and limitation of national and local capacities to respond emergent situations and health problems.

Rapid scientific advances, advent of new techniques and technologies, and introduction of innovative approaches and new paradigms require novel ways of working within and across the teams, and with patients. In addition, changing structures, cultures and ways of working in health care organizations; new trends in health workforce development, management and retention; reforming outmoded models of care while developing sound strategic choices and patterns of service delivery; moving towards universal health care with system transformation, while making services affordable and appropriate; and, effective health care management to reduce service design and delivery inefficiencies; all such complex issues call for effective leadership at all levels and in all settings. Adding to above, there is a global shift in thinking processes, more focusing on shared vision, joint strategies and collaborative decisions galvanised through developing partnerships creating harmony, and promoting synergy across the multisectoral health actions. With that milieu, it can be concluded that health systems are expeditiously transforming and this metamorphosis can only be steered by the health leadership that is insightful, mindful, visionary, knowledgeable, well-trained and equipped with global competencies of the 21st century.

Polyversity International, with the above narrated backdrop, has planned an executive international course on Hospital and Healthcare Leadership that will impart training on relevant theories and practices, with a greater focus on global perspectives, especially contemporary competencies of the modern times. The course is designed to meet the immediate development needs of both individuals and organizations. There is a strong emphasis on fostering the 21st century competencies in personal and professional development, and promoting extensive application of modern approaches in leading the organizations. This is a transformational program incorporating global perspectives in the local developmental policies and actions. This course also facilitates in optimizing and transforming the vision about working with the multidisciplinary stakeholders at all levels of healthcare system, creating harmony in the organizations and synergies among the efforts. Particularly, this course is expected to give you skills to apply creative approaches in dealing with complex leadership situations.

Target Audience :
This study program is exclusively designed for health professionals seeking to ominously develop and enhance their leadership capacities, increase their insights and maximize their outcomes. Its content is especially adjusted to the needs of diverse groups, including: health care executives, services directors, chiefs of departments, hospital and healthcare board members, health facility managers, physicians and clinical managers, nurses and nursing managers, allied health professionals and other key health functionaries and professionals with executive, managerial and supervisory roles in healthcare system, programs, services, organizations, and facilities.

This course is extremely beneficial to newly appointed or “soon to be appointed” health managers, clinical managers, supervisors, nurse managers and allied health professionals in the private, public or non-profit sector who aspire to develop their leadership skills.

In addition, this course can also be greatly valuable for the medical, public health, nursing and allied health students in preparing them to assume managerial or supervisory roles in healthcare setups such as private clinics, hospitals and hospital departments, health organizations or other health related managerial positions.

Learning Objectives: 
This home study programme is intended at to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and competencies to enhance their capacities and enrich their competencies to carry out supervisory, managerial and leadership roles in a healthcare environment. The specific objectives include:

  1. To understand the context, significance and strategic application of leadership in healthcare settings
  2. To get familiarity with the leadership concepts, models, approaches and popular features with health system context
  3. To become conversant with integration of leadership concepts within healthcare management practices, capitalizing variations and associations among both
  4. To be acquainted with contemporary competencies required for successful healthcare leadership
  5. To be aware of the global health determinants, complex challenges, drivers of change, and sectorial developments impacting healthcare system
  6. To learn the multisectoral global goals and their correlation with the national health policies, and the local leadership practices
  7. To prepare a hands-on futuristic vision and action plan for enriching and galvanizing leadership abilities and competencies in your organization.

Projected Outcomes :
The participants are expected to comprehend the content of this home study program. This can be self-assessed by the course participants based upon the following expected outcomes.

  1. Has developed adequate acquaintance with the leadership concepts, approaches and practice models suitable for healthcare system and settings
  2. Realized complex challenges, influencing factors, professional advances and other driving forces impacting the health
  3. Well-aware about the health partnerships at global level and synergies in their work
  4. Has full orientation on the UN/SDGs and how they related to national and local levels considering health leadership perspective
  5. Can apply knowledge of leadership in health care facilities’ management and supervisory functions in an integrated manner
  6. Developed a strategic vision and an action plan for promotion of leadership practices in your workplace.

Course Outlines :

Module# Module Name Focus Areas
Module 0 Course induction Course overview – introduction, rationale, objectives, outcomes, outlines and study process
Module 1 Orientation on leadership concepts and models
  • Course overview – introduction, rationale, objectives, outcomes, outlines and study process
  • Leadership concepts, models and approaches – healthcare focus (Part –
  • Leadership concept, models and approaches – healthcare focus (Part –
  • Leadership features, characteristics and traits – valid for healthcare sector
Module 2 Leadership practices in hospitals
and healthcare settings
  • Integration of healthcare management and leadership
  • Universal skills and competencies for effective healthcare leaders
  • Leading diverse healthcare settings – key elements and vital practices
Module 3 Global health perspectives and developments
  • Health in 21st century – determinants, development, challenges and opportunities
  • Global health partnerships – shared vision and action agenda by WHO, UN agencies, international organizations/partners, and national stakeholders
  • United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – an inspiration for healthcare leadership at all levels
Module 4 Leading the healthcare future
  • Succeeding as tomorrow’s healthcare leaders – vital practices
  • Healthcare leadership – future forward (thinking and planning for change )
  • Leading with professional and self-development – a framework for leadership development


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