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Emory's School of Nursing launches new health systems leadership degree program

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Kerry Ludlam

Emory’s School of Nursing is launching a new Health Systems Leadership graduate degree program, beginning in fall 2012. This dynamic program combines experiential learning in top health care organizations with cutting-edge coursework taught by several distinguished professors. Students who complete the program will receive a Master of Science Degree in Nursing.

“The Health Systems Leadership program will prepare students for 21st century nurse leadership,” says Susan Shapiro, assistant dean for strategic clinical initiatives. “This program is designed for health care professionals who want to take their careers to the next level.”

The new program will take students outside of the classroom to learn the inner workings of leading hospital systems, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Students will be able to interact with nursing executives within Emory Healthcare and partner organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Institute of Technology Health Systems Institute. The Health Systems Leadership program will transform graduate nursing students into the leaders of tomorrow’s health care systems and enterprises.

This 48-credit-hour program can be completed on either a full or part-time basis in as few as four semesters. The Health Systems Leadership program will include innovative courses such as Leading Effective Change, Leading People, Leading Complex Systems, Evidence-Based Decision Making, Leadership in Action and Career Development.

Applications for the Health Systems Leadership program will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of February 15. The first cohort will begin in Fall 2012. Financial aid and scholarships are available. For more information about the Health Systems Leadership program, please see

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