Health Systems & Organizational Leadership

The Health Systems and Organizational Leadership program prepares nurses for roles in a variety of organizational settings from acute care, to long term care, community care, and beyond. Skills gained will allow nurses to lead in formal executive and front-line positions, quality improvement, project management, or other positions where systems-level management and leadership is needed. Nurses will learn about complex dynamic health care delivery systems, creating sustainable organizations, how to leverage the legislative and regulatory environment, and steward financial and human resources through effective care delivery models. Complexity and Quality science will be a central program focus.

Students study alongside faculty with expertise in complexity and quality science, systems innovations, and outcome data analysis. Students will be paired with faculty in leadership positions as they develop skills in leadership, team building, and sustaining, analysis of system wide initiatives and data based decision making. The program will provide opportunities for interprofessional education, collaboration, and practice. The OHSU curriculum is based on the national competencies for American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing, and the ANA standards for Nursing Administration. The Health Systems & Organizational Leadership program is available statewide in Oregon and beyond. OHSU uses distance friendly, technology enhanced methods to bring the program to all areas of the state. Courses are delivered using a combination of “intensives” and technology specifically designed for distance education.

Applying to the Program

Applicants with a bachelor degree in nursing are able to apply. Students who are applying to the HSOL program in 2012 will have a summer start date.

Applications for Summer 2012 are available online!


Prior Degree - must have, or will have, a B.S. with a major in nursing or B.S.N. degree from an accredited program

RN Status
Must be eligible for an Oregon registered nurse license prior to matriculation.

Must be licensed in the state of Oregon prior to matriculation.

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

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Programs of Study

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