MHS in Clinical Leadership Announces Fall 2018 Courses

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership (MHS-CL) program is offering two courses for the upcoming fall term: Aug. 20-Nov. 19. The courses will prepare learners to create, refine and implement population health improvement projects aimed at quality results and to lead in a chaotic environment. These courses are ideal 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.

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.

The MHS-CL Fall 2018 courses are composed of three days of in-person instruction at the beginning of the term (Aug. 20-22) with the remainder of instruction being distance-based. Some Duke employees may be eligible for the Duke Employee Tuition Assistance Program.

Fall Course Descriptions

CLP-214: Population Health Management Approaches

Course Directors: Michelle J. Lyn, MBA, MHA, chief, Division of Community Health, Department of Community and Family Medicine; 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 Community and Family Medicine; 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 individual 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 bi-monthly 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.

CLP-204: Leading in a Chaotic Environment

Course Director: Jan M. Willis, M.S., MBA, Duke Department of Community and Family Medicine, Division of Community Health

Students will meet with industry leaders to learn perspectives on crisis management in turbulent and complex environments.  Students will learn how to anticipate and plan for crises by analyzing examples of successful crisis management. The study of leadership theory and practice will be explored as students examine leadership types and styles, including their own, and learn to make shifts that help an organization endure and innovate in a changing health care environment. Credit: 2.

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

  • Distinguish between various leadership models and approaches.
  • Analyze strategies for successful management of crises, volatility and complexities.
  • Describe effective strategies used by leaders to demonstrate responsiveness to change.
  • Construct a model of a business continuity management and recovery plan.

How to apply

For more information about fall course offerings or to enroll, call (919) 681-7007 or e-mail

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