MSHCDL Program Description

Program Directors:

Alan J. Moskowitz, MD
Faculty Director, MS in Health Care Delivery Leadership Program
Professor & Vice Chair, Dept. of Health Evidence and Policy

Brian J. Nickerson, PhD
Administrative Director, MS in Health Care Delivery Leadership Program
Senior Faculty, Dept. of Health Evidence and Policy


Program Coordinator:

Herb Lopez


Program Description:

Health care delivery is undergoing rapid change. It demands innovative, highly-skilled, forward-thinking leaders who can adapt and transform health care organizations to meet the challenges of this new era. The Master of Science Program in Health Care Delivery Leadership (MSHCDL) is designed to meet these needs. Delivered in a primarily asynchronous online format, the program provides students the competitive advantage required to provide strategic leadership in a changing landscape resulting from the Affordable Care Act, downward pricing pressures and the need to demonstrate increased quality outcomes.

Our curriculum is built upon the philosophy that effective and efficient solutions to current challenges in health care delivery require:

  • Evidence-based approaches to decision making
  • Revised strategic frameworks of thinking and implementation
  • Holistic change management
  • Deep understanding of complex health care reforms

The program is delivered in a convenient online format, using an enhanced Learning Management System, over the course of 21 months while students continue to work full time. Online courses will take seven (7) weeks to complete and require on average sixteen (16) hours per week on substantive course tasks or a total of at least 113 hours over the 7 weeks which equates to 2.5 credit hours. However, there is one online introductory course, the Affordable Care Act, which will be two (2) weeks in length but adhere to the same per week average and result in awarding of one (1) credit hour for successful completion.

Two (2) of the courses are delivered as in-person “residency” session seminars: one in the beginning of the program and one that bridges into the second year, and run intensively over a five (5)-day period and require substantive pre-residency seminar work for a total of at least 90 hours on course tasks equating to the awarding of two (2) credit hours for successful completion. Total credit hours for the program will be 35. This unique educational approach allows students flexibility in completing engaging coursework, while also providing multiple opportunities for collaborative learning and networking with other program participants, faculty, and health care leaders.