MHS in Clinical Leadership Program Announces Spring 2018 Courses

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership (MHS-CL) is offering two courses for the upcoming spring term, Jan. 10-April 13. MHS-CL degree program applications for spring 2017 admittance are being accepted now through Nov. 30. Program courses are also open to non-degree seeking students, and non-degree enrollment applications are also being accepted.

The MHS-CL spring courses are comprised of three days of in-person instruction at the beginning of the term (Jan. 10-12, 2018) with the remainder of instruction being distance-based. Some Duke employees may be eligible for the Duke Employee Tuition Assistance Program.

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 survey course provides an overview of the importance of community and population health, models of population health management, community and population health improvement, and considerations for evaluation of these efforts. It will give health care professionals a better understanding of concepts such as panel management, care coordination, practice improvement, accountable care communities, and patient/stakeholder engagement along with the systems and tools necessary to develop those models. 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 small intersectoral population health improvement project.
  • Develop plans to 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 Instructor: Jan Willis, MS, 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 summer course offerings or to apply, 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.