About the Certificate

Certificate Requirements

  • Participants must make a 12-month commitment to participate in program activities starting in May and ending in April of the following year.
  • This certificate is ideally suited for those who have a health care transformation/population health improvement idea for a current or future initiative, which they would like to improve or refine. Participants could include a variety of health care professionals, from administrators and clinical staff/faculty to graduate or post graduate trainees aiming to engage in health care transformation work.
  • In addition to the graduate level clinical leadership coursework, participants will complete a series of executive coaching sessions, engage in monthly distance-based learning activities and are strongly encouraged to participate in a monthly seminar series.
  • Participants who are locally based (in or near Durham, NC) are expected to attend monthly program seminars and on-site course classes [after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted]. Those who are not local are expected to participate in activities via video conference platform (e.g., Zoom). Because a substantial portion of program activities are distance based (no matter where participants are based), all participants are required to meet the following technology requirements:
    • computer storage space available to install and run a current internet browser and required software (e.g., Zoom, Web-Ex)
    • a computer headphone with a mutable microphone
    • broadband connection to the Internet (DSL, cable or satellite)
    • a webcam compatible with the personal computer/Mac or personal electronic tablet with video conferencing capabilities


The Certificate in Health Care Transformation program includes transformation project mentorship, learning opportunities from four courses from the Duke Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership program, monthly health care transformation seminars, self-directed leadership and management learning modules, leadership and communication style assessment and individualized leadership coaching sessions.


Participants will participate in course discussions and a number of selected activities/assignments associated with Duke University School of Medicine's Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership (MHS-CL) program. The course content focuses on practical application and hones leadership and management skills such as teambuilding, effective communication and creative problem solving.

  • Timeline: Participants will engage in one course per semester for Spring and Fall terms and two courses in Summer term within the program year.
  • Core Courses: Certificate program courses include Health Care Operations: Perspectives for Continuous Improvement; Informatics for the Health Professional; Community Engaged Approaches to Health Improvement; and Population Health Management Approaches. Read course descriptions.
  • Course Format: A hybrid model includes two to three in-person classes at the start of the term. Remaining classes are conducted via video conference or in-person.  Regular class meeting times are typically established by instructor and students during the first class session.

Upon successful participation in each course, participants will receive a Duke academic transcript indicating “audit” participation in all of the MHS-CL courses taken.

Coursework Schedule



Time Spent

Summer Year 1

CLP 201: Management, Leadership and Team Development

May-August 2021

After initial onsite class dates, remaining distance-based classes held 2-3 times per month for approximately 90-minute sessions.

Summer Year 1

CLP 217: Community Engaged Approaches to Health Improvement

July-August 2021 (5 week course)

Fall Year 1

CLP 214: Population Health Management Approaches

August-November, 2021

After initial onsite class dates, remaining distance-based classes held 2-3 times per month for approximately 90-minute sessions.

Spring Year 1 CLP 215: Health Care Operations: Perspectives for Continuous Improvement

January-April, 2022

After initial onsite class dates, remaining distance-based classes held 2-3 times per month for approximately 90-minute sessions.


Health Care Transformation Project

All participants will be expected to develop a fully conceptualized health care transformation project PLAN for their practice/agency or with other community partner organizations. The transformation project is designed to be a fluid process where participants work with program advisors and course directors to design or refine a project that fulfills the interests and goals of each participant. If the project is not executed during the course of the program, participants will still leave with a clear implementation and evaluation plan. Projects should:

  • Address an issue identified to be of importance by clinical site or community partner organization leadership
  • Utilize data analysis, stakeholder engagement and teamwork, and leadership skills
  • Result in a set of lessons learned for further project refinement or execution

Certificate Seminar Series

A series of seminars, sponsored by the HRSA Primary Care Transformation Fellowship, will be facilitated by faculty and health care leaders from across Duke and beyond. The seminars are created specifically for participants to learn methods and strategies relevant to designing and implementing their transformation project along with addressing other key leadership and management skills.

  • Timeline: One hour per month beginning in the fall.
Distance-Based Webinars and Learning Modules

Monthly distance-based learning activities (both live and self-directed) will be offered throughout the certificate program.


The fee for the certificate program is $8,950, which covers all program activities.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Jan Willis, training programs coordinator, at 919-681-7007 or jan.willis@duke.edu