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Executive Master in Health Care Leadership (EMHCL)​

Program Director:Kassak, Kassem

The Executive Master in Health Care Leadership (EMHCL) is designed for professionals who have significant responsibility in the healthcare sector, including those from health care delivery, pharmaceutical and product manufacturing, healthcare consulting, health management systems, insurance, patient advocacy, public health, and policy and regulatory institutions. The program seeks to identify a highly qualified and diverse student cohort. Candidates representing a broad range of experience in the healthcare sector are chosen for each cohort to ensure a rich peer-to-peer learning experience.

Admission Requirements

An applicant is considered for admission to the program if s/he meets the minimum admission requirements outlined under the Admissions section of this catalogue. Applicants to the program will be evaluated based on their academic and professional achievements with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree recognized by AUB, record of previous professional experience (a minimum of five years), two letters of recommendation (academic and professional), and a personal statement. Applicants must be currently employed in a managerial post and demonstrate leadership potential and prospects for academic and professional success. They must also meet the Readiness for University Studies in English (RUSE) as stipulated in the Admissions section of this catalogue.

Applicants who fail to meet the RUSE may be eligible to take the University Preparatory Program (UPP) Graduate Course or enroll in other intensive English courses depending on their test scores. Their enrolment will be contingent upon passing these courses. Furthermore, applicants will be interviewed as part of the selection process. The decision about admission to the program will be based on a thorough review of student applications, supporting documents and the interview.

Program Outline



The EMHCL curriculum consists of 21 courses, totaling 45 credit hours, distributed across three healthcare themes which include Foundation, Advanced Managerial Functioning, and Health Systems Policy and Reform.

​Course Type ​ ​Credits
​Theme I: Foundation ​ ​
​EHCL 300
​Managing Healthcare Organizations
EHCL 301Communication and Behavioral Change for Health2​
EHCL 303Health Economics2​
EHCL 305Research Methods and Application​3
EHCL 306Evidence Based Management​1.5
EHCL 304Statistical Tools and Analysis​2
EHCL 302Epidemiology in Health Care​1.5
​ ​ ​Total 15
Theme II: Advanced Managerial Functioning ​ ​
​EHCL 310
​Health Informatics and Information Technology
EHCL 313Data and Decision Making (Use of IT)1.5​
EHCL 307Leadership​3
EHCL 314Advanced Program Planning and Evaluation​2
EHCL 315Strategic Planning and Management​2
EHCL 309Financial Accounting and Management​2
EHCL 308Marketing in Healthcare 1.5​
EHCL 312Performance Improvement and Innovation1.5​
EHCL 311Human Resources Management​2
​ ​ ​Total 18
​Theme III: Health Systems Policy and Reform
​EHCL 316
​Organizational Restructure and Reform
EHCL 318Policy, Politics and Decision Making2​
EHCL 317Ethics and Law1.5​
EHCL 319Communicating with Policy Makers​3
EHCL 320Practicum and Capstone in Leadership​4
​ ​
​Total 12
​ ​ Grand Total: 45

Program Delivery

The EMHCL Program is delivered in a highly interactive modular blended learning format which takes approximately 18 months to complete. This flexible program is delivered through 15 intensive sessions, each of which is offered every five weeks. Each intensive session requires on-campus or residential attendance of 5 days for a total of 75 residential days over the 18-month period.

The program totals 45 credit hours. Each credit hour consists of 12.5 hours of class instruction corresponding to 1.5 on-campus days. Each on-campus day consists of 8 class hours of instruction.

Credit Hour Equivalence to On-Campus Days

​Credit Hours (per course)
​Equivalent Teaching Days
1 1.5
1.5 2.5
2 3.5
2.5 4.5
3 5

Academic Rules and Regulations

Graduation Requirements

All recommendations for graduation are made by vote of the faculty on the recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee.

To be eligible for graduation from the EMHCL Program, a student must accomplish the following:

  • pass all required courses with a minimum grade of (C+)
  • earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3
  • and successfully complete a minimum of 45 credit hours.


Students are evaluated for potential placement or removal of probation upon their completion of every 9 credit hours (minimum) in the program.

Placement on Probation

A student is placed on probation if one of the following occurs:

  • s/he fails any graduate course taken for credit (passing grade is C+)
  • or s/he fails to obtain a minimum GPA of 3.3 on at least 9 credit hours.

A student with an admission score (cumulative and major averages) between GPA 3.0 and 3.3 will be admitted on probation.

Removal of Probation

A student who is placed on probation because of grade and/or average is required to complete a three-week makeup plan mutually agreed upon with the EMHCL Program Director. After completion of the makeup plan, the student is re-evaluated for potential removal of probation.

To remove probation, the student should:

  • attain a minimum grade of (C+) in every registered course and
  • have an evaluated GPA of at least 3.3

A student admitted on probation will be removed from probation if after completion
of at least 9 credit hours, s/he has passed all courses and attained a GPA 3.3.

Dismissal from the Program

A student on probation may be dismissed upon the recommendation of the EMHCL Program Director and the Graduate Studies Committee if one of the following occurs:

  • s/he has failed to be removed from probation after the completion of the three-week makeup plan
  • or the EMHCL Program Director and Graduate Studies Committee regard the student as not having made satisfactory academic progress or as not having behaved in accordance to the norms and values upheld by FHS or AUB.

Policy on Transfer of Credits

A transfer of credits may be considered when a course is satisfactorily completed with a minimum grade of B+ or equivalent at a recognized university, faculty or program. The transferred credits are accepted in lieu of credits earned in a comparable course in or outside FHS. Request for transfer of credits for EMHCL students is only possible if the student completed the course in which transfer is sought within five years of the transfer request date.

The number of credits that can be transferred in comparable courses cannot exceed 9 credits.

For courses taken at FHS, a transfer of credits may be considered for all passed courses.

Procedure for Transfer of Credits

For a student to be exempted from or to transfer courses from AUB or another university, the candidate should petition the FHS Graduate Studies Committee and attach the following official documents after consulting with the EMHCL Director:

  • a letter of request for exemption and/or transfer
  • the official catalogue of the transferring institution
  • a detailed description of course content and syllabus
  • an official statement of records/grades earned for the course(s)

Transferring universities must be considered to have comparable standards to those of AUB.

The EMHCL Director should seek the opinion of the course instructor(s) and the department faculty in writing and then submit the recommendation of the department, along with the supporting documents, to the FHS Graduate Studies Committee for final approval.

Course Descriptions

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