Master of Science Health Care Leadership


Health care is complex and undergoing a transformation toward a coordinated and wellness-focused system of care. Success within this evolving model requires fresh ways of thinking and insights beyond traditional management expertise. Our MSHCL program provides a unique online curriculum based on 55 years of success in transforming the lives of working adults. Developed to transform health care, this program fosters creative and ethical leadership through social entrepreneurship, health informatics, application of a population health framework, and individualized mentoring from successful professionals.

Each student will receive membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the premier international organization for more than 40,000 health leaders. Upon graduation, students leave with an e-portfolio of resources, and a plan for completing a self-selected and work-related project.


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Next Start Date

  • 36 Credit Program
  • Designed for full-time study
  • January, May, and August start dates
  • Complete your degree in as little as 12 months

Designed for Current & Emerging Health Care Leaders

Union Institute & University’s MSHCL program graduates social justice-oriented health care leaders committed to improving population health and delivering health care systematically. View the program outline here or apply now.

Mentorship-Based Learning Model

The MSHCL program will offer the most important determinant of long-term leadership success: mentoring. Mentors will guide and demonstrate through example how to understand one’s own skills, limitations and ambitions while fulfilling the needs of the healthcare organization. Mentors will also be able to model how to maintain positive working relationships with all of the key stakeholders connected to that healthcare organization, including community members, employees, board members and patients. Interested in becoming a mentor?

Skills & Benefits Union Students Gain

  • The cohort-based learning model creates a connected learning community.
  • The online format provides flexibility for today’s adults in health care.
  • One-on-one mentorship model allows students to benefit from direct connection to guidance.
  • Relate ethical or social and cultural implications of leadership within health care.
  • Propose innovative solutions to challenges identified in health care leadership literature.
  • Analyze how power and privilege shape global health care practices and challenges.
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Dr. Kim Byas, Program Director

Dr. Kim Byas brings insights and expertise from 40+ years of leadership in various health care settings, including a national hospital trade association, direct patient care, public health, health insurance, strategic health care consulting and national health care policy. Dr. Byas is committed to educating and nurturing the next generation of health care leaders who embrace the ethical framework of reducing health disparities and advancing health equity.

In addition to his role with Union Institute & University, Dr. Byas conducts Grounded Theory research on leadership; speaks nationally and internationally on leadership; teaches health care ethics; and serves on various boards of not-for-profit organizations - including universities, voluntary health care organizations and health care professional associations on state and national levels.

Dr. Byas received his Ph.D. in Ethical and Creative Leadership from Union Institute & University, Cincinnati; Master of Public Health from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and B.A. from Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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