Leadership Opportunities

LEAD Program student Varuna Prakash

MSc in System Leadership and Innovation

Director: Dr. Abi Sriharan

Effective leadership is essential to the success of health care delivery and the improvement of the health of the population health. The MSc in Health Systems Leadership and Innovation (HSLI) is a first-of-its-kind program to offer health systems innovation and transformation training for emerging physician leaders interested in addressing wicked problems in health care such as access, quality and cost. 


MSc HSLI provides a transdisciplinary curriculum incorporating health systems scienceorganizational behaviour, health policy, innovation science and systems leadership. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn from internationally renowned faculty, top healthcare leaders and decision-makers in Canada and internationally.  

Ideal Candidate

The MSc HSLI program is suitable for those who want to be change agents in the healthcare industry. The ideal candidate is an emerging physician leader who is focused on leading transformative change in the health care system locally or globally. This program is suitable for medical students, residents, fellows, and early-career physicians with a passion for health systems-level leadership. We are looking for individuals with a commitment and leadership potential to lead health systems transformation. 


The core curriculum focuses on systems leadership, health sector strategy, healthcare complexity, and health systems innovation. Students will explore the foundations of leadership and design innovation and develop the necessary skills to lead change and create evidence on where change is most needed, how innovation can be developed and implemented and how to systematically assess the impact of change on all aspects of the health system. The curriculum provides both coursework and supervised capstone experiences in real-world health settings. Students will be able to develop core skills applicable in various situations, specialize, and focus their training on specific aspects and areas of our health care system.

Program Details

Application Period: September – January 30, 2024
Interviews: March 2024
Program Start Date: June 2024
Program Duration: 16-20 months

Courses: The MSc consists of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCE):

  • Required Courses (2.0 FCE): Health Systems Innovation, Health Care Strategy, Health Policy and Finance, Learning Health Systems
  • Capstone Project (1.5 FCE): Health Systems +Innovation
  • Elective Courses (1.5 FCE)*

* Option to combine with a collaborative specialization

Details of HSLI are available on the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation website. 

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