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 healthcare 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 are central program foci.

Faculty Involvement

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 online.

*Courses offered as part of the HSOL program may be taken as electives by students in other programs within the university.

Students wishing to go onto complete the DNP degree , may apply to the Post-Master's DNP program in the Fall of the second year. After completion of the Master's in Nursing with the specialty of Health Systems and Organizational Leadership students move into the DNP program during the summer after graduation and complete two years of the Post Master's DNP, finishing with a DNP degree in Nursing.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the Health Systems & Organizational Leadership Program are prepared to:

  1. Apply advanced knowledge of nursing and health systems theories to positively impact organizational, care delivery and policy outcomes at a population level.
  2. Integrate nursing and health systems knowledge in leading and advocating for the design, implementation, and improvement of sustainable person-center practice models.
  3. Maximize the use of human capital to impact clinical care, quality outcomes, and evidence-based policies within complex adaptive health systems.
  4. Use information, quality science, and knowledge management tools to make sound and ethical decisions that advance interprofessional and collaborative health services practice.

Admission Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate applicants must have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing with a competitive grade point average
  • Applicants must hold or be currently eligible for an unencumbered RN license in any state
  • Must have successfully passed a basic statistics course with a grade of "B" or better within five years prior to entry into the Post-Baccalaureate to Masters or Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Three letters of reference
  • Vitae or resume
  • Submit a scholarly work sample. This can include a professional work sample that is evidence based, with citations and references, an article you have authored (and if co-authored highlight the sections that you contributed to) or, a paper from your undergraduate program that synthesizes evidence, using citations and references (this should not be a reflection type paper). If you do not have this type of work to submit, please let us know, we can arrange for you to write an article analysis in response to an article that we provide to you.
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 83 on the web based test or 560 on the paper based test required of all international applicants
  • Goal statement