Leadership for Health System Transformation

In the Leadership for Health System Transformation certificate program, students apply principles of personal leadership, systemic leadership, and innovation to healthcare contexts, primarily from the perspective of issues and challenges confronting nursing leaders. 

This certificate program culminates in a team project that addresses a grand challenge and requires students to explore the leadership challenges and opportunities involved in transforming health systems. Students will integrate entrepreneurial thinking, macro-system analysis and personal leadership skills while renewing their sense of purpose and commitment to improving the quality of life for patients and communities.

Residency Dates

Students registered in this certificate are expected to attend the following session on the main UCalgary campus on the following dates: 

Team Lead

Sandra Davidson

Dean, Faculty of Nursing

Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Required Courses

NURS 660 - Fall 2019

Cultivating Personal Leadership  

Exploration of relational leadership including self-awareness and development of leadership capacity. Students will explore their personal leadership style and the influence of leadership on workplace cultures, team dynamics and quality of healthcare delivery.


NURS 662 - Winter 2020

The Future of Nursing: The Future of Health Systems

Examines the health delivery system focusing on accessibility, acceptability, appropriateness, effectiveness, efficiency and safety. Students will apply leadership principles to challenges inherent in a complex and dynamic health care system. Focuses on the role of nurses as leaders and transformers of health systems.


NURS 664 - Spring term

Innovation in Health Systems

Focused exploration of the principles of innovation, and practices for leading innovation applied to complex healthcare environments. Students will apply design thinking, entrepreneurial practices and examine the value proposition and challenges of innovation in a health system context.


NURS 668 - Summer 2020

Specialized Practice Demonstration: Healthcare Grand Challenge

Formulation of a bold and innovative proposal developed through team collaboration and joint leadership that addresses a systemic problem and aims to improve the quality of healthcare in Alberta. Drawing on previous learning of personal and professional competencies, students will be presented with a grand challenge associated with leading and improving a complex health system.


Still have questions about the program? Contact the Graduate Programs Office