The Master's (MS) program in Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science is designed to prepare graduates for leadership in complex organization that aim to improve health outcomes across the continuum of care. Students will select one of two focus areas in informatics or leadership and then apply theory and knowledge during expert driven immersion experiences. Graduates of the Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science MS program will be prepared to tackle the grand challenges facing health systems in a global society.
The web-blended curriculum
of the Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science MS program allows students to work at their own pace and in their own environments. Interaction with the faculty and other students occurs online and during required monthly campus visits (two consecutive days per month are required on-campus). Due to its web-blended nature, this program easily accommodates working students as well as students living outside of the Ann Arbor/metro-Detroit area.
The Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science MS degree will prepare graduates for certification in either informatics or nursing administration, depending on the focus area of completion (Leadership or Informatics). Students who complete the informatics focus will obtain the practice hours and didactic content required for ANCC informatics certification
“The Michigan Difference” in Systems Leadership and effectiveness science
World-Class Faculty Leaders in Education, Research, and Practice
Michigan is one of the highest rated universities in the world, and the School of Nursing, as well as the Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science Master's program, consistently ranks among the top five in the country. A key component of this success is our faculty who each contribute to the overall mission of the program. Many of these experienced practitioners and educators are engaged in research, are active in the scholarly community, are committed to continuing a clinical practice, and are leaders in their various areas of interest. From preparing and/or executing educational training throughout the state of Michigan and consulting with healthcare organizations to practicing bedside patient care, our faculty are deeply and actively involved in the field of nursing while also training the next generation.
Innovative, Groundbreaking Research Specific to Systems Leadership and Effectiveness Science
Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science faculty are conducting research on numerous topics including teamwork, capacity to rescue, change management, information technology in clinical practice, research methodology and statistics, link of nursing processes to improved patient outcomes, and Second Life virtual unit. Students are encouraged to and supported in doing their own research.
The University of Michigan School of Nursing Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science Master's Program uses the AACN Essentials for Master’s Education in Nursing (2011) as a basis for the curriculum and as a professional standard for evaluating core courses, selective courses and areas of emphasis. 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.
Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science MS courses are mapped to the AACN Master’s Essentials (2011). In addition, the courses were reviewed to determine their compliance with a number of key standards and professional position statements including, but not limited to:
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health and Healthcare in 2032
- Institute for the Future’s Healthcare 2020
- The Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing (2011)
- A variety of American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) references: Nurse Executive Competencies (2005); Future of Care Delivery Kit (2011); Guiding Principles for the Role of the Nurse Executive in Patient Safety (2007); Guiding Principles to Enhance Clinical Outcomes by Leveraging Technology (2009); Position Statement on Education Preparation of Nurse Leaders (2009); Defining the Role of the Nurse Executive in Technology Acquisition and Implementation (2009)
- Council on Graduate Education in Administration for Nursing (CGEAN) Position Statement on the Educational Preparation of Nurse Executives and Nurse Managers (2011).
The demands of the changing health care environment and the need for increased numbers of leaders educated to assume roles in interprofessionally based teams have been unprecedented in the last decade. Health care organizations require leaders who are prepared to address complex issues inherent in the rapidly transforming and increasingly digitized health care industry. National and International organizations, including the IOM and WHO, recognize the urgency for flexible and distinctive leadership education to transform health care systems.
In addition to great demand for our graduates, a degree in Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science is multiply applicable and so provides for various opportunities throughout a career. Graduates will assume a wide variety of leadership and management positions, including nurse executive, nurse manager, CEO, case manager, project director, change manager, consultant, quality specialist, information system specialist, educator, patient safety officer, risk manager, and many others.
Listed below is the required curriculum for the Systems Leadership and Effectiveness Science Master's Program. Students in this program attend on-campus class two consecutive days per month in addition to synchronized and unsynchronized on-line course time throughout the month. 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.