Going Farther Together

March 18, 2014

Mary Louise Fleming, RN, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor and the Director of the Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership Program
School of Nursing
University of California, San Francisco

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” (African proverb)

Last month’s Hot Topic focused on leveraging our assets at the Center. We put that into action this month as we highlight a new UCSF graduate program focused on interprofessional leadership that is directed by a Center Faculty Affiliate, Mary Louise Fleming, RN, PhD.


As a graduate of the Center’s RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program and faculty in the Center’s Change Agent Program, I am pleased to contribute to this month’s Hot Topic. I am the Director of the new UCSF online degree program, the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership (MS-HAIL). The program launched its inaugural cohort in January 2014 with 19 exceptional interprofessional students.

The February 2014 Hot Topic article focused on the notion of ‘leverage’ in improving and shaping the healthcare system. The MS-HAIL degree program is an example of leveraging the University’s top talent and the Center’s expertise to create a new academic pathway for tomorrow’s leaders.

As we know, change is driving most sectors of healthcare, and academic institutions are finding that they must also adapt to remain relevant contributors in this fluid landscape. There is growing recognition that graduate healthcare education must move beyond discipline-based silos. In addition, universities can no longer expect talented leaders to leave their jobs to attend lengthy graduate programs. MS-HAIL, UCSF’s first online degree program, is an example of a new educational paradigm that embraces interprofessional education that is both accessible and academically robust.

The unique interprofessional focus of the MS-HAIL leadership curriculum expands educational options for clinical and non-clinical professionals working throughout the healthcare industry and across diverse practice settings. The program’s online platform provides students, from across the country and around the globe, with a front row seat in UCSF classrooms so that learning and interaction are not limited by time and geography. The curricular design allows students to earn their master’s degree in as few as four quarters, approximately half the time of traditional master’s degree programs. The program also features rolling enrollment so students can embark on their course of study at the start of each quarter, rather than once a year.

The MS-HAIL program is an exciting culmination of leveraged ideas and energy from campus-wide academics and administrators, the Center’s staff and faculty, the network of healthcare leaders from across all settings, and importantly – from our consumers. The program’s architects embraced the challenge of the African proverb to “go together” to develop a curriculum with educational activities that will prepare the next generation of leaders to effectively re-shape healthcare systems to achieve better access, affordability, and high quality, safe care and services for all.

We invite you to join us in our work with new ideas and suggestions for the program as it develops. To learn more about the program, please visit: http://healthleadership.ucsf.edu/
To learn more about Mary Louise Fleming, please visit: http://nursing.ucsf.edu/faculty/mary-louise-fleming

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