MHS in Clinical Leadership Fall 2019 Course: Developing Population Health Improvement Projects

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership (MHS-CL) program is offering one of its most popular courses for the upcoming fall term,  Aug. 27-Nov. 22: "Population Health Management Approaches." The course will prepare learners to create, refine, and implement population health improvement projects aimed at quality results. It provides an excellent opportunity for those who currently have a practice redesign, quality improvement or community partnership initiative that they would like to create or refine and wish to receive guidance from population health experts on making their vision become reality.

All program courses are open to both degree-seeking students and learners only seeking to enroll in individual courses. Clinicians, health care administrators, faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to participate as non-degree students.

This MHS-CL fall course is comprised of a full day of in-person instruction on Aug. 27 with the remainder of instruction being distance-based. Duke employees may be eligible for the Duke Employee Tuition Benefit.

Course Description

CLP-214: Population Health Management Approaches

Course Directors: Michelle J. Lyn, MBA, MHA, chief, Division of Community Health, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; lead, Community Health Initiatives and Strategy, Population Health Management Office; co-director, Center for Community and Population Health Improvement, Duke Health, and Fred Johnson, MBA, vice chief for clinical programs, Division of Community Health, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; network director, Northern Piedmont Community Care, Population Health Management Office, Duke Health.

This course uses a project incubator framework to allow participants to bring to the course an existing population health project or conceptual ideas that they would like to develop or refine.  Sample projects might include practice redesign, quality improvement or community partnership initiatives.  Throughout the semester, learners will gain opportunities to meet and learn from institutional, industry and/or community experts to move their projects forward.  The course will provide an overview of the importance of population health, models of population health management, community and population health improvement, the systems and tools necessary to develop these models and considerations for evaluation of these efforts.  Learners will receive dedicated consultation time to focus on their projects and think through issues and problems in a more systematic way with intellectual and pragmatic resources at their disposal.  Course participants will learn from one another's experiences through weekly discussions, which can prove valuable for their own project process.  Credit: 3.

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Define population health, population health management, panel management, and related concepts.
  • Explain the importance of population health as a field of inquiry and action.
  • Describe major models of population health management and improvement, and list their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Identify the stages of community and population health improvement and the major tasks associated with each stage.
  • Define community and explain its importance as a determinant of health and a vehicle for population health improvement.
  • Develop a viable framework and action plan to implement an intersectoral population health improvement project.
  • Develop strategies to collect and use data throughout the stages of community and population health improvement.
  • Find and utilize resources to support community and population health improvement.

How to apply

For more information about the fall course offering or to enroll, call (919) 681-7007 or e-mail ClinicalLeadership@mc.duke.edu.

The Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership program is offered by the Duke University School of Medicine.