University of California, Irvine Launches a New Executive Leadership Program to Develop the Next Generation of Chief Medical Officers

By The UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Irvine, CA - (January 03, 2023) -

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) is launching the Chief Medical Officer Program to equip senior physician leaders with the skills and tools required to step into a C-suite role that encompasses clinical operations and business management. The program is being launched in collaboration with Emeritus, the global leader in making world-class professional education accessible and affordable. Enrollment is now open for a March 2023 start.

Hospitals are facing critical issues ranging from workforce shortages to staff burnout to making healthcare more affordable to patients. In such a challenging environment, the role of the chief medical officer goes beyond patient safety and medical care and extends to navigating the business and administrative sides of healthcare.

“Healthcare organizations are looking for visionary C-suite leaders who can efficiently integrate medical needs while keeping business objectives in mind to deliver high-quality patient care,” said the program Faculty Director Maritza Salazar Campo, Ph.D. “The Chief Medical Officer Program has been designed by thought leaders at the intersection of business and healthcare to provide current and aspiring chief medical officers with practical skills and frameworks to address healthcare’s complex challenges and innovate for the future transitions.”

Program participants will join a cohort of medical executives and delve into an in-depth curriculum taught by a faculty that includes experienced physician C-suite leaders and renowned business leaders. The program includes 18 weeks of core modules focused on healthcare leadership, strategy execution, team management, finance and operations. In addition, participants can choose two topical electives to further augment their skills. Throughout the program, participants will work on a Professional Development Workbook which will help them curate their insights through prescribed activities and apply it as a tool kit in their role as a physician leader.The program culminates with an optional conference and networking event on the UCI campus. Upon completing the program, participants will be awarded a verified digital certificate by the UCI Paul Merage School of Business and granted status as Merage School  alumni.

The program is designed and taught by thought leaders from UCI and guest speakers who are esteemed chief medical officers. They share their deep knowledge of business leadership and best practices in healthcare management.

“We're honored to partner with UCI to offer this comprehensive learning journey," added Ranil Herath, president of Emeritus Healthcare. "Through this program, we expect to build a physician leadership talent pipeline for healthcare organizations that will enable them to retain and develop leadership within their own systems. As part of our mutual commitment to building sustainable access to high-quality care, Emeritus has provided a US$250,000 research grant to reinvent medical leadership education for generations ahead."

The program is currently enrolling highly qualified physician leaders for the March 2023 cohort. To apply or request additional information, please visit the program page here.



About Emeritus

Emeritus is committed to teaching the skills of the future by making high-quality education accessible and affordable to individuals, companies, and governments worldwide. It does this by collaborating with more than 60 top-tier universities across the United States, Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, India, and China. Emeritus' short courses, degree programs, professional certificates, and senior executive programs help individuals learn new skills and transform their lives, companies, and organizations. Its unique model of state-of-the-art technology, curriculum innovation, and hands-on instruction from senior faculty, mentors, and coaches has educated more than 250,000 individuals across more than 80 countries. Founded in 2015, Emeritus, part of Eruditus Group, has more than 2,000 employees globally and offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Singapore, Palo Alto, Mexico City, New York, Boston, London, and Dubai. For more information, please visit

About The Paul Merage School of Business

The Paul Merage School of Business offers a range of degree and non-degree programs designed to expand your opportunities to excel as a leader in a digitally driven world. In addition, the Merage School’s Leadership Development Institute provides individuals and organizations with relevant, research-based solutions to build sustainable leadership. The Leadership Development Institute bridges the gap between today’s world and our accelerated future, empowering individuals and organizations to constantly create new value in times of constant disruption and build future-proof leadership. For more information, please visit