UW Medical Center - Gonzaga Healthcare Partnership

Certificate in Health Care Leadership

Leadership training to take the next step in your health care career

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In health care, individuals are often tapped for supervisory roles based on their technical skills, but rarely given adequate time and training to develop leadership skills. To close this gap, Gonzaga University is offering a leadership course specifically designed for the unique and nuanced nature of the health care environment: Certificate in Health Care Leadership.

This hybrid, cohort-based program empowers you to effectively lead individuals, teams, and organizations. Through a combination of in-person and virtual learning, you’ll gain practical knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Leadership Identity, Strengths and Core Values
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Team Development and Collaboration
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Inclusivity & Diversity
  • Problem-Solving & Leading Change

This Certificate has been developed under the UW-GU Health Partnership.

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What you'll learn

  • Explore the unique, complex challenges facing health care leaders and study the competencies needed to address them.
  • Identify your leadership strengths, core values, and development areas, and consider how these apply to work in health care fields.
  • Develop your emotional intelligence to lead more effectively under stress.
  • Gain tools to build cohesive teams and collaborate in remote and in-person environments.
  • Enhance your interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Create inclusive cultures in which people of diverse identities, backgrounds and abilities can thrive.
  • Learn strategies to problem solve and manage change.
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Ideal candidates

  • Diverse health care professionals
    • Including, but not limited to, physicians, nurses/nurse practitioners, hospital/clinic administrators & managers, dentists, orthodontists, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, mental health practitioners and more.
  • New health care supervisors and team leaders looking to develop leadership skills as they advance their career.
  • Experienced health care leaders seeking to refresh and enhance their leadership skills regardless of how long they've been in a managerial role.
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  • Pilot cost: $4,800 per person
  • Instructor: Marjan Milani | Read bio
  • Timeframe: January 2025 - June 2025
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Credits: Eight (8) CE credits, representing 80 hours of class time and independent learning.
  • Format:
    • One in-person class each month on a Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (six sessions total)
    • One monthly 1.5-hour Zoom debrief once a month (six total) on a Monday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    • View full program schedule
    Time commitment: Average 3-4 hours per month of reading and work outside of class sessions.