Leadership in Health Care, Certificate

Leadership in Health Care, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 140 days
University rank #47 (ARWU) Online
The Leadership in Health Care course, offered by Utrecht University, is inextricably linked to our leadership research in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The research and online course exist in a self-perpetuating loop, where the one informs the other. 


The Leadership in Health Care course, offered by Utrecht University, relies on you as a participant to ground the content we present  to develop their leadership and to contribute to theory-building in the field of healthcare leadership research. Your daily work and cases of other health professionals are central in this course. It is only through these that the theory of leadership and management will come alive and help us to create better patient care.

Healthcare organizations are difficult to manage. Different logics and value systems are at play. Leadership of both professionals and managers are therefore of great importance when aiming to ensure high-quality patient care, employee satisfaction and overall organizational effectiveness. This is particularly true for frontline leaders who are the key interface between care, cure and managerial control. But have you ever tried to articulate a definition of frontline clinical leadership in one concise sentence? We’d argue it can’t really be done. Because leadership is such a broad, complex and contested topic, it often holds different meaning for different people. This is part of its charm. At the end of this leadership development course, you will be able to build your own leadership philosophy and articulate its value in your daily work life as a healthcare professional, manager, educator or researcher.

We see (clinical) leadership as a modus operandi. We don’t believe leadership in healthcare is tied to position, or confined to the grand heroic gestures of a select few. We see leadership as a joint effort, emerging from and embedded in everyday practice. It is a way of thinking and being, rather than a collection of generic tools to draw on. For us, leadership in healthcare is a practice, ongoing and relational, where context is integral, and people are core.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:
  • Re-examine your thinking on leadership in healthcare
  • Build an adaptive and responsive leadership mindset and practice for dynamic and complex healthcare contexts
  • Take the next step in your healthcare leadership career
  • Contribute to enhancing quality of care and patient safety in your healthcare organization
  • Understand the added value of a clinically and managerially strong healthcare leader
  • Use and explain the basic terminology and principles used in healthcare management, leadership and leadership research
  • Keep a work diary and shadow a healthcare leader
  • Explain the concepts of habitus, hybrid management and institutional logics
  • Sharpen your practical wisdom and judgement
  • Connect with peers and wider networks to collaborate in healthcare improvement
  • Characterize and describe the daily work of a healthcare leader in the organization you work in
  • Read and elaborate on managerial and leadership research related to healthcare organizations


As Leadership in Health Care is a university course, it is covered by academic accreditation. Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a recognized certificate from Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, the UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 140 days
    • Intensity 8 hrs/week
  • Credits
    6 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Exams and graduation only
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Course Topics
  • Introduction to leadership in healthcare
  • Dealing with hybrid roles in healthcare management
  • The influence of professional habitus on healthcare leadership
  • Healthcare organizations: different logics in one building
  • Healthcare leadership in action: failing and learning

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

To enrol in this course, you need:

  • At least a BSc in a healthcare-related profession, plus an MA, MSc, or MD qualification
  • To be currently working or studying in a hospital or other healthcare institution
  • Sufficient proficiency in English reading and writing

Compulsory study materials

  • ‘Leadership’ by Brigid Carroll & Jackie Ford, Sage Publications Ltd, 2015. ISBN13: 9781446294383 (paperback) or ISBN13: 9781473927605 (ebook) 

Please note

As this is an online course, you do need access to an internet connection in order to be able to follow lectures, complete assignments and communicate with fellow participants.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    900 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 140 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    900 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 140 days.
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