Chief Medical Officer Program

from the University of California, Irvine

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Course Dates


June 29, 2023

Course Duration


9 Months,
Online and In-Person

Course Fee


US$18,500 US$16,500 US$200 application fee

Course Information Flexible payment available

Tuition Fee Benefit


The program fee is US$18,500. The amount payable after considering the tuition fee benefit is US$16,500.
This is only available to participants who apply by April 25, 2023.

Program Overview

The challenges facing healthcare providers today are many and varied. From workforce shortages to staff burnout to making healthcare more affordable to patients, the role of the chief medical officer has expanded beyond patient safety and medical care. Today, the chief medical officer must also be adept at navigating the business and administrative sides of healthcare.

The nine-month Chief Medical Officer Program from the University of California, Irvine Leadership Development Institute is designed to give experienced healthcare professionals like you an opportunity to advance into a C-suite role that encompasses patient care and business decisions for your organization’s unique challenges.

Who Is It For?

The Chief Medical Officer Program is ideal for:

  • Newly appointed or aspiring chief medical officers intending to acquire business acumen and enhance their people management skills
  • Physician leaders in management roles looking to build on their leadership skills and business acumen
  • Medical leaders who work in supporting healthcare systems looking to aid clinical expertise with decision-making skills

Participants are required to have:

  • A medical degree from an accredited medical school
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Leadership experience (preferred)

Designed for Your Success

The Chief Medical Officer Program is designed with the needs of physician leaders in mind. You will learn through online and interactive sessions and guest lectures from global industry leaders. The flexible nature of the program allows you to customize your learning journey for maximum impact.


The self-paced modules provide the flexibility to accommodate learning around your busy work schedule with a weekly commitment of four to six hours.


A community learning experience facilitates interactive discussions with peers, faculty and industry speakers – allowing you to implement program learnings in real-world scenarios.


The multimodular learning journey experience enables you to learn and grow as a medical officer, developing business strategies to improve your personal and organizational goals.

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“Healthcare organizations are looking for visionary C-suite leaders who can efficiently integrate medical needs while keeping business objectives in mind to deliver high-quality patient care. The Chief Medical Officer Program has been designed by thought leaders at the intersection of business and healthcare to provide current and aspiring chief medical officers with practical skills and frameworks to address healthcare’s complex challenges and innovate for the future transitions.”
Maritza Salazar Campo
Faculty Director
Assistant Professor of Organization and Management

Key Program Features

Program Specialist

Learn from an experienced healthcare specialist on applying program learnings to challenges specific to your role

Expert Faculty

Learn from leading experts who are thought leaders and experienced practitioners.

Success Coach

Craft your learning journey through regular check-in sessions with a dedicated success coach.

Core Curriculum

Kick-start your program journey with 18 weeks of in-depth core sessions exploring healthcare leadership, strategy execution, team management, finance and operations.

Flexible Learning Journey

Customize your learning journey with a choice of two topical electives to gain relevant skill sets specific to your career goals or healthcare system needs.

Annual Conference and Networking Event

Connect with high-achieving peers as you build a lifelong network of leaders at an optional annual in-person conference and networking event on the UCI campus.

Professional Development Workbook

Through customized assignments and activities that delve into chief medical officer challenges, you will develop a Professional Development Workbook that will be a handy resource and tool kit at work.

What You Will Learn in This Program

This program has been uniquely designed for physician leaders to:

  • Inspire and lead colleagues toward a shared vision with the unique needs of patient care delivery
  • Acquire financial acumen by understanding payer landscapes, business models and the competitive healthcare environment
  • Develop and leverage local- and national-level relationships to discuss healthcare policies, values-based care and trends in healthcare delivery
  • Address current and anticipated organizational, population and patient needs with strategic and executive leadership skills
  • Innovate new patient care delivery models by combining medical and business expertise to promote equity, access and quality in healthcare services
  • Empower the leadership team for a healthy work environment
  • Sharpen people management skills for hiring and retaining talented employees

Comprehensive Curriculum

The program’s curriculum is structured around three overarching areas of leadership that are crucial for success as a chief medical officer. You will acquire leadership and business skills that will enable you to strategize for growth while engaging within a peer cohort to consider current and anticipated organizational, population and patient needs.Through engaging core modules, you will develop medical business acumen and explore best practices in financial planning and team management.
  • Strategy and Change Management

    • Leading in Times of Transition
    • Creating an Innovation Culture
    • The Impact of External Forces on Healthcare
    • The Impact of Internal Forces on Healthcare
    • Leading Across the Organization: Managing Interdisciplinary Relationships
    • Leading Across the Organization: The 5S Framework

    Driving Organizational Effectiveness

    • Creating a Winning Strategy
    • Managing the Execution of Strategy
    • Healthcare Executives as Change Agents
    • Managing Shifting Priorities in Healthcare
    • Effective Change Management and Implementation 

    Workforce Planning and Organizational Management

    • Budget Management and Healthcare System Financial Planning
    • Empowering Your Leadership Team
    • Engaging, Retaining and Developing Talent
    • Leading and Promoting Thriving Cultures 

  • The electives offered for this program provide you with a unique opportunity to hone in on relevant and valuable areas of expertise you would like to develop. Each elective has been crafted with the healthcare challenges and opportunities specific to medical officers, allowing you to walk away with the applicable skill set and specialized knowledge of your choice.

    • Agile Healthcare Management: This elective explores the operational imperatives facing today’s healthcare systems and providers
    • Personal Branding for Healthcare Leaders: This elective is intended to help emerging and current leaders consider their professional brand and the connection it has to their organizational influence and inclusivity as a leader 
    • Economics of Healthcare: Financing the Future: This elective is intended to provide the fundamentals of healthcare economics and the models, opportunities and pressure points for leaders to navigate the business issues that drive a successful practice 

    *Final list of electives is subject to change.

    The online program includes an optional annual two-day conference and networking event on the University of California, Irvine campus.

Professional Development Workbook

The Professional Development Workbook is a key part of the program. It will enable you to apply your insights through customized activities and refer to it as a tool kit in your role as a physician leader.

Meet the Faculty

The program is designed and taught by thought leaders who deeply understand the business of healthcare and the challenges that chief medical officers face. With their extensive experience, cutting-edge scholarship and business expertise, they will guide you on transforming yourself into a visionary and successful C-suite leader. The program features faculty from the University of California, Irvine and guest speakers who are esteemed chief medical officers and share their deep knowledge of business leadership and best practices in healthcare management.

Faculty Member Maritza Salazar Campo, PhD

Maritza Salazar Campo, PhD

Faculty Director, Chief Nursing Officer Program; Assistant Professor of Organization & Management, The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine; Director of Team Science, Institute for Clinical and Translational Medicine, UCI School of Medicine

Richard Afable, MD and MPH

President and Board Chair, MindOC/BeWellOC; President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph Hoag Health (Retired); Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Catholic Health East (Retired)

Faculty Member Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones

Senior EVP of Operations (Retired), CommonSpirit Health

Faculty Member Ian O. Williamson, PhD

Ian O. Williamson, PhD

Dean of The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine

Adrienne Greene, MD

Chief Medical Officer for UCSF Medical Center


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Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a verified digital certificate by the Leadership Development Institute at the University of California, Irvine. The certificate will be a recognition of your achievement in the Chief Medical Officer Program. Participants will also be granted status as UCI Paul Merage School of Business alumni.

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Application Details

program fee

US$18,500 US$16,500

The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$200
program fee

US$18,500 US$16,500

The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$200
program fee

US$18,500 US$16,500

The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$200

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