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Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science Master's

--Students may elect one area of focus for master's study: Leadership, Informatics or Population Health.

Informatics Certificate (non-degree)

--16-credit certificate program (non-degree granting); learn more about UMSN's Certificate in Health Informatics.

Master's Program Focus

The master's (MS) program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership in complex organizations and to improve health outcomes across the continuum of care. Students will select one of three focus areas: Leadership, Informatics, or Population Health. Upon graduation, students will have the skills to apply theory and knowledge gained through course work and expert-driven immersion experiences. Graduates of the Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science MS program will be prepared to tackle the difficult challenges facing health systems in a global society.


The web-blended curriculum of the Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science MS program incorporates self-paced learning with on-campus engagement. Interaction with our world-class faculty and other students occurs online and during approximately four to eight distributed days of on-site classes each semester, supplemented by virtual learning experiences. Due to its web-blended nature, this program accommodates working students as well as students living outside of the Ann Arbor/metro-Detroit area.
Students who complete the MS in the informatics focus area obtain content and practice hours that may qualify them to sit for a variety of informatics certifications. 

"The Michigan Difference"

World-Class Faculty Leaders in Education and Practice

Michigan is one of the highest rated universities in the world, and the School of Nursing consistently ranks among the top in the country. A key component of this success is our faculty, who each contribute to the overall mission of the program, our focus on team science, informatics, outcomes research, and our dedication to student achievement. From preparing and/or executing educational training locally and abroad to consulting with health care organizations to practicing bedside patient care, our faculty are deeply and actively involved in improving health and health care, while also training the next generation of leaders.


Innovative, Groundbreaking Research Specific to Systems Leadership and Effectiveness Science

Systems Leadership and Effectiveness Science faculty are conducting research on numerous topics including  teamwork, capacity to rescue, change management, health information technology in diverse and remote settings (mHealth/eHealth), research methodology and statistics,social networking, study of outcomes and effectiveness interventions, human-centered design, interdisciplinary communication, and simulation science. The research experiences are far-reaching, and our inherently transdisciplinary approach helps to stimulate new questions and supports students during the process of scientific inquiry to find the answers.



The University of Michigan Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science Master's Program uses a combination of innovative and forward-looking initiatives to drive the curricular design. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials for Master’s Education in Nursing (2011), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Transforming Care at the Bedside,” the Institute of Medicine’s “Health Professionals Education: A Bridge to Quality,” and the Institute for the Future’s “Healthcare 2020” are representative of the background used to create this transformative program of science and application.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to lead interprofessional teams effectively in uncertain and complex environments

  • Assess the impact of health information and communication technology on health and society.

  • Appraise contemporary challenges and create solutions to improve the quality and safety of health services delivery.

  • Analyze and apply evidence to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of systems and organizations.


Specialty Appeal

The demands of the changing health care environment and the need for increased numbers of leaders educated to assume roles in inter-professionally based teams are unprecedented. Health care organizations require leaders who are prepared to address complex issues inherent in the rapidly transforming and increasingly digital health care industry. National and international organizations, including the Institute of Medicine and the World Health Organization, recognize the urgency for flexible and distinctive leadership education to transform health care systems. Individuals with deep understanding of, and appreciation for, leadership in information-enabled healthcare organizations are in high demand.
In addition to great demand for our graduates, a degree in Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science is applicable to widely varying situations and provides for many different opportunities throughout a career. Graduates will assume a wide variety of leadership and management positions, including nurse executive, health IT specialist/analyst, nurse manager, entrepreneurs, chief executive officer, informatics executive,  case manager, project director, change manager, consultant, quality specialist, educator, patient safety officer, risk manager, and many others. The education and experiences gained in this program will empower students to step confidently into a changing world of health and healthcare.


Listed below is the required curriculum for the Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science Master's Program. Students in this program attend approximately four to eight distributed days of on-site classes each semester (see dates below), supplemented by virtual learning experiences. The Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science Master's Program offers a fall term (September) start only. Admitted students to the fall term of this Master's program are offered a full-time (1.5 year) or part-time (3-year) program plan. 
On Campus Dates
Winter 2015January 8-9; February 5-6; March 12-13; April 9-10
Fall 2015September 10-11; October 1-2; November 5-6; December 3-4
Winter 2016January 7-8; February 4-5; March 10-11; April 7-8
Fall 2016September 8-9; October 6-7; November 3-4; December 1-2
Winter 2017January 5-6; February 2-3; March 9-10; April 6-7


Sample Plan of Study

Course Number
Course Name
Course Credits
Core Courses
N528Models, Theories and Methods to Promote Optimal Health Outcomes
N527Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Healthcare Delivery
N529Scientific and Analytic Approaches for Advanced Practice
N533Effective Resource and Operations Management
N539Foundations of Quality Science and Analytics
Focus Areas (choose one of the following options)
Option 1: Leadership emphasis
N581Foundations for Systems and Organizational Science2
N588Policy Analysis and Development for Healthcare Leaders2
N681Decision Science for Population Health
N682Systems Assessment and Leadership Effectiveness4
N781Leadership Immersion for Impact2
 Cognate: Students will need to elect at least one cognate course (minimum 4 credits)4
Option 2: Informatics emphasis
HS510Foundations of Informatics4
HS610Sociotechnical Components of HIT Systems3
HS612Evaluation Methods for Health Informatics3
HS710Informatics Practicum3
 Cognate: Students will need to elect at least one cognate course (minimum 4 credits)4
Option 3: Population Health emphasis
HS520Assessment for Population Health4
HS620Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation4
N681Decision Science for Population Health3
N802Epidemiology for Health Professionals3
 Cognate: Students will need to elect at least one cognate course (minimum 4 credits)4
Total number of credits for Leadership: 33
Total number of credits for Informatics: 33
Total number of credits for Population Health: 34