Health Leadership, MSN

Health Leadership

Offering unparalleled options to develop nurses for a variety of leadership roles, our program aligns a tailored plan of study with your career goals.

Our Program

Our Health Leadership Master’s program prepares professional nurses for leadership roles in areas such as project management, healthcare consulting, nursing education, public health, health policy, and healthcare quality improvement and safety.

In collaboration with you, program faculty design a course of study aimed at preparing you for a healthcare leadership role of your choosing. In addition to various electives, we emphasize leadership development, systems thinking, health policy, research, patient safety and quality improvement coupled with a course in which you have access to a variety of nursing leaders.


You will complete nine courses in the School of Nursing (three of which are Leadership electives) and three courses in any School within the University to enrich the interdisciplinary nature of your studies. 

As a complement to this program, our students often pursue minors in Global HealthNursing and Health Care Administration, Nursing Education,  Organizational Dynamics in Healthcare, and Quality Improvement and Safety Processes In Healthcare or a certificate in Health Care Innovation.

We also offer a number of dual-degree programs with other renowned Penn Schools where you can combine an MSN with a Master’s in Healthcare Quality & Safety,  Master’s in Public Health, Master’s in Bioethics, or a Master’s in Law.

Study Options

Our curriculum may be completed on either a full- or part-time basis. You can complete the program full-time in 12-15 months and part-time in approximately two years.


Total of 12 course units required. Below is the basic course of study for the Health Leadership Master’s program. We develop individualized plans of study with you based on your career goals and scheduling needs.


Core Courses (6 credit units)6
Systems Thinking in Patient Safety
Advanced Roles in Administrative Nursing Practice
Leadership Development in Healthcare
Principles and Practice of Healthcare Quality Improvement
Current Issues In Health and Social Policy
Introduction to Principles and Methods of Epidemiology 1
Introduction to Research Methods and Design
Scientific Inquiry for Evidence-based Practice
Theory courses (3 credit units)3
Nursing Leadership Electives (3 credit units)3
Total Course Units12

The alternate course NURS 5470 is a graduate-level research methods course approved for Penn BSN students only.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.