The health system of the future will be more client-focused, less hospital-focused, more accountable, more inter-professional, and will serve an increasingly older population. In addition, there has been a hollowing out in the ranks of future leaders, and one is left wondering who will be the clinical and non-clinical leaders in the future of our health system? To truly make the transformation required, there needs to be sufficient focus on leadership development at multiple levels of the health system.
The Advanced Certificate in Health Leadership Program will address the need for future leaders, by educating, orienting, and supporting emerging leaders. The program is expected to produce its first cohort of graduates by the end of 2014.
The aim of the Advanced Certificate in Health Leadership Program is to provide emerging leaders with a foundation for future growth in healthcare leadership.
At BCIT, we define an emerging health leader as an early-career health professional who is passionate and committed to pursuing a career in health leadership.
The goal of the advanced certificate is to produce health care graduates who are acquainted with health care leadership issues and who are able to:
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Participants will be required to complete the program over a two year period. The first year focuses on the fundamentals of health leadership, management of resources, sustainability, leading people, and the Canadian health system. At the end of the first year, accomplishments are recognized and celebrated, and participants are awarded a Statement of Completion. In the second year, participants apply their learning to addresses performance management, use of evidence in health leadership decision-making, and project leadership. In the final capstone course, participants complete an Integrative Project in their workplace with the support of an organizational sponsor and a BCIT facilitator. The courses consist of 24-credits at the upper Bachelor-degree level, consistent with BCIT standards. In addition, by incorporating practical and applied learning approaches that BCIT is known for, the participants and their organizations benefit from day one of the program, by tapping into skills and knowledge that can be applied immediately to the workplace.
The Health Leadership program is closely aligned with industry, through its program advisory committee and its adoption of the LEADS in a Caring Environment framework, a leadership capability profile that defines the knowledge, skills, and attitudes a leader needs to exhibit in order to successfully contribute to an effective and efficient Canadian health system. As such, the framework has been adopted by the Health Care Leaders Association of BC, the Canadian College of Health Leaders, the Canadian Health Leadership Network, and Emerging Health Leaders.
The delivery method is online part-time studies using educational technologies to promote interaction and engagement within the program and cohort, while maintaining flexibility over time and ensuring educational interactions across the province and beyond. The faculty will have a minimum of a Master’s credential with real-life experience at middle and senior levels of leadership in the health system. The key strengths of the program are:
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