Certificate in Leadership for Healthcare Transformation

Program Dates

Virtual Orientation Networking Session: January 27, 5:30 p.m.– 7:00 p.m. PST

Virtual Program Sessions: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST

  • Day 1: February 5
  • Day 2: March 5
  • Day 3: April 9
  • Day 4: May 7
  • Day 5: June 4


UCI Paul Merage School of Business


$7,500 (inquire for group pricing)


CME Accreditations


  • Accreditation Statement - The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • Designation Statement - The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™️. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The healthcare value chain is undergoing major transformation. Traditional education and training has not prepared healthcare professionals for this new environment. In response to this need, the Office of Executive Education at top-ranked UC Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business presents the prestigious Certificate in Leadership for Healthcare Transformation. Now is the time for clinicians and administrators to acquire new skills and frameworks necessary to thrive and lead in tomorrow's healthcare landscape.

Fee for Service - Fee for Value

As the healthcare paradigm shifts from “Fee for Service” to “Fee for Value,” it is critical for professionals throughout healthcare and related industries to understand the new relationships and navigate them confidently.

Program Objectives

The CLHT program prepares participants to be leaders throughout the healthcare transformation by: 

  • Analyzing healthcare delivery as an integrated value chain
  • Increasing understanding of the healthcare industry and current environment
  • Providing knowledge, skills, frameworks, and tools to drive change and solve unprecedented challenges
  • Enhancing ability to collaborate and operate cross-functionally

Program Structure

  • World-class Merage School faculty pair with highly experienced, healthcare industry executive practitioners to deliver relevant and practical modules
  • High touch digital delivery utilizing breakout rooms allowing participants to work in small teams on case studies and exercises on real-world applications
  • Interactive sessions delivered through live Zoom sessions with faculty and industry experts
  • Approximately 70 hours of learning with 40 hours of interactive classroom instruction and facilitation
  • Program-specific Educational Container website enhances the learning experience

Program Content

  • Business Strategy
  • Leading Change
  • How To Think Like A CFO
  • Value Proposition, "Volume to Value"
  • Best Practice Business Processes
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Leadership & Influence
  • Team-based Health Care
  • Putting It All Into Practice

** Please note content may be subject to change during course development

Who Should Attend?

  • Clinicians and healthcare professionals who want to drive personal and organizational advancement
  • Leaders, managers and administrators from hospitals, medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies, and health insurance firms
  • Product and service innovators who have a vision of the industry's future
  • Individuals from all disciplines who are passionate about the healthcare industry and transformation

Faculty and Visiting Faculty

Richard AfableRichard Afable, M.D.
President and Chair of the Board, MindOC / BeWell Orange County
Chair of the Board of Trustees, California Association of Hospitals and Health
Former Chief Executive Officer, Concierge Key Health

Dr. Richard Afable is the retired CEO of St. Joseph Hoag Health, the largest hospital-based health system in Orange County, CA. Previous to the affiliation with St. Joseph Health, Dr. Afable was the President & CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, based in Newport Beach and Irvine CA. Dr. Afable was also the Chief Medical Officer of Catholic Health East, now Trinity Health, an east coast health system comprised of 31 hospitals and 45 long term care facilities.

Before joining Catholic Health East, Dr. Afable was the founder and President/Chief Executive Officer of Preferred Physician Partners (PPP), an Ohio-based physician practice management company that supported physician groups and provider networks. He has also served as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Wake Forest University from 1991 to 1996 and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University from 1983 to 1991.

Early in his career, Dr. Afable spent ten years in private practice in Chicago. Dr. Afable received his BS degree from Loyola University in Chicago and an MD from the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. He obtained his MPH degree from the University of Illinois School of Public Health and a certificate in business administration from Villanova University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Romilla Batra Romilla A. Batra, MD, MBA
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Faculty Member, The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine
Chief Medical Officer, SCAN Health Plan

Dr. Romilla Batra currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of SCAN Health Plan, a senior focused MAPD health plan. In her current role, she is responsible for SCAN’s programs including medical policy, community benefit and population health management. Dr. Batra helps lead initiatives at SCAN to deliver high value care based on the triple aim. She also leads physician engagement strategies with SCAN’s provider partners to advance best practices related to senior care. . She is a board-certified internist and prior to joining SCAN had worked as a Medical Director at University of California Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine.

Christopher W. Bauman Christopher Bauman
Associate Professor of Organization and Management
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Chris Bauman's research addresses how people make sense of and respond to their social environment, including the individuals, groups, and organizations with whom they interact. One line of his research focuses on how individuals determine issues of ethics and fairness. This work includes studies of individual decision making, group diversity, and corporate social responsibility. Another line of his research examines information processing in negotiation and its implications for tactics that can increase individual or mutual gains.

Sanjeev-Dewan.jpg Sanjeev Dewan
Professor, Information Systems, The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine
PhD, University of Rochester

Sanjeev Dewan is a professor of information systems at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business and is the Faculty Director of the Master of Science in Business Analytics program. Prior to joining UCI in Fall 2001, he served on the faculties of the business schools at the University of Washington, Seattle, and George Mason University. He received his PhD in Business Administration in 1991 from the Simon School at the University of Rochester, in the area of Information Systems. Previously, he received the B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India.

Thomas Eppel Thomas Eppel
Lecturer, Operations and Decision Technologies
UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Thomas Eppel holds a PhD in Mathematical Psychology from the University of Southern California. He taught at various universities both in the U.S. and in Europe, including Purdue University, Pepperdine, TIAS and Mannheim Business School. He currently teaches at the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. He has published numerous articles, book chapters and reports in the areas of decision and risk analysis, fields in which he has considerable consulting experience. He authored a textbook and developed instructional software in statistics. His teaching awards include the R.B. and Mary Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award at Purdue University and an award for Innovation in Teaching from UC Irvine, as well as many awards given by students. He is a sought-after speaker and shared his views on education during the inaugural TEDx conference at UCI in the spring of 2012.

Mireille-Jacobson.jpg Mireille Jacobson, PhD
Associate Professor of Gerontology, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Visiting Professor, The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine, Economics/Public Policy
PhD, Harvard University

Mireille Jacobson, PhD, is an applied micro-economist with a diverse portfolio of research united by an interest in understanding how health care policies affect well-being. Much of her work focuses on the supply-side of health care markets, analyzing (i) the effects of direct supply changes (e.g., hospital closures) on access to care and (ii) the impact of reimbursement policy on treatment and outcomes, specifically in the oncology market. Other work focuses on the demand side, assessing the risk-protective value of health insurance for consumers. In addition to being an Associate Professor in the Davis School of Gerontology, she is the co-director of the program on aging at USC’s Schaeffer Center for Health Economics and Policy and a research associate in the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Jacobson received her BA in economics from the University of Chicago and her PhD, also in economics, from Harvard University.

John-Joseph.jpg John Joseph
Associate Professor of Strategy
PhD, Northwestern University

John Joseph is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the University of California Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. John received his PhD from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. John has taught in the full-time, part-time and executive education programs at Kellogg, has taught in the core curriculum for Duke’s full-time MBA program, and now teaches core strategy (full and part-time) and executive education programs at UC Irvine. He is a decorated instructor who has received several teaching awards.

Christopher-Schwarz Chris Schwarz
Associate Professor of Finance
Faculty Director, Center for Investment and Wealth Management
PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Professor Schwarz has been at the Paul Merage School of Business since July 2008. Prior to arriving at UCI, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During his doctoral studies, he was also a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at Yale University’s International Center of Finance in 2007 and the Advisory Editor at the Review of Financial Studies. He received his B.S. from Babson College in Wellesley, MA. Prior to receiving his doctorate, Professor Schwarz worked in the IT industry writing custom applications for medium sized businesses.

Executive Practitioners

Vik TurpunuriVik Turpunuri
Founder, Fysician, Inc.
Health Tech Entrepreneur & CEO

Vik Turpunuri is a healthcare entrepreneur with a passion to build innovative and disruptive solutions leveraging data. Vik is currently leading a national healthcare analytics company that improves outcomes by lowering cost of care, improving quality and recovering earned revenue. Company’s innovative patient-centric AI driven big data platform connects the dots across the patient care continuum – home, clinic, hospital, nursing home, pharmacy, lab - uniquely identifying patient across all care settings. Company’s solutions empower providers – physician groups, ACOs to large health systems - with rare data-driven insights per patient visit, and actionable analytics at every touch point.

Over the past 20 years, Vik built several pioneering analytical solutions in healthcare, life sciences, media, supply chain, and manufacturing industries that have won national awards. A serial entrepreneur, Vik leverages his wealth of experience - start up, capital raise, m&a and successful exits – to mentor startups in digital health and life sciences. Vik co-founded a health tech incubator and is currently ramping up companies in mental health, medical credentialing with block chain, IOT based health device security, and cancer care. Vik earned an MBA in Finance and MS from Texas A&M University.

Erin JasperErin Jasper
SSBB Executive Director, Clinical Excellence Providence St. Joseph Health

Erin Jasper is the System Director of Performance Improvement at St. Joseph Health, a $5.6 billion dollar non-profit, health care system serving Southern and Northern California and West Texas/New Mexico. She co-leads the system-wide Sepsis Collaborative and manages the Southern California Clinical Effectiveness program, a $30 million dollar portfolio of initiatives that targets improvement across the value triple aim (cost, clinical quality and service) for high volume clinical DRG bundles (i.e. total joints, obstetrics, spine surgery, etc.). Prior to that, she was with Hoag Memorial Hospital for over 8 years as the Director of Performance Improvement.

Eric Van HornEric Van Horn, MBA
President and Chief Business Officer Landmark Health

Eric Van Horn is the President and Chief Business Officer of Landmark Health, a company focused on bringing 24/7 care to the most complex, chronically-ill patients. As one of its Founders, Eric has helped grow Landmark to be the nation’s largest provider of in-home medical care, providing this care to 80,000 patients in contracts with 12 health plans in 13 states.

Prior to Landmark, Eric was Senior Vice President and General Manager of CareMore Health Plan, a managed health care company specializing in the Medicare market. Eric also spent fifteen years and held several executive roles at United Healthcare and PacifiCare Health Systems.

Dedicated Program Website - Interactive Resource

Students engage materials and each other through a web-based Educational Container that enhances the learning experience before, during, and after each module. Pre-readings, extended reference libraries, videos, and additional materials are available around the clock to students.  Interactions with peers, faculty, executive practitioners, and program staff are enhanced by chat, blog and posting capabilities. During the program, students maximize the value of their learning through interactive dialogue and group activities.

“This program better prepared me to be successful in the evolving healthcare environment. The renowned professors and real-world experts were phenomenal, and the interaction with seasoned colleagues greatly enhanced my learning inside and outside of the classroom.”

Kim L. Mikes, SVP, COO, CNO, Hoag Orthopedic Institute

Participating Companies

  • CHOC Children’s
  • Cytori
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • Kareo
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Pacific Medical Buildings
  • Precept
  • St. Joseph Hoag Health
  • UC Irvine Health
  • Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
  • Monarch Healthcare
  • Johnson and Johnson

More information:

Office of Executive Education

Mollee Elniski