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Lean Healthcare Specialization

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Lean thinking has been increasingly embraced in healthcare environments because of its emphasis on improving access and the patient experience by decreasing costs, reducing errors and boosting employee service and productivity. The Lean Healthcare Specialization will prepare you to influence change by identifying and removing non-value added activities — the waste in time, money, supplies and goodwill — in any healthcare organization that otherwise hide in plain view.

This short online program is designed for professionals at all levels of a healthcare organization who wish to advance their careers as well as those looking to enhance their current credentials by expanding into the healthcare industry.

Who Should Attend

  • Healthcare supervisors, managers, executives and other value stream owners
  • Healthcare providers in settings, such as hospital facilities, urgent care centers, clinics and outpatient care centers, nursing, residential and mental healthcare facilities, medical groups, and senior care centers
  • Healthcare administrators who wish to advance their careers
  • Process improvement healthcare practitioners
  • Clinicians planning to move into supervisory or management-oriented roles
  • Operations and support staff in healthcare settings
  • Healthcare IT professionals who are troubleshooting and delivering infrastructures and solutions to adopt lean methodologies and support lean initiatives; and
  • Current Green Belts who wish to transition into or advance in the healthcare industry

Career Insight

Occupational summary for medical and health services managers in the US. Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

Annual Job Openings
Projected Growth
Median Salary
(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $182k)

Program Benefits

  • Demonstrate practical understanding of the concepts, principles and tools of lean as applied to healthcare environments
  • Engage in critical thinking and problem solving to identify the drivers and barriers to innovative solutions for healthcare challenges across all healthcare functions
  • Identify, define and embed critical lean mindsets and behaviors needed to establish and sustain a lean culture
  • Engage in the mapping of the current state of any value stream, followed by focused waste identification, elimination and process optimization
  • Apply a range of proven lean tools and techniques to key business support processes, such as strategic business planning, performance management, procurement, human capital management and information management
  • Express a necessary level of competency and confidence in the application of lean principles through the completion of specialization exercises and projects within their own workplace; and
  • Add value in the new environment of big data through exposure to evolving applications of lean concepts in predictive analytics, data mining, the Internet of Things, agile project management and other disruptive business and management theories

Course Schedule

Required Courses

Lean Concepts and Enablers in Healthcare (1.50 Units)
Core Lean Tools and Improvement Principles in Healthcare (1.50 Units)
Emerging Industry Trends and the Expanding Role of Lean in Healthcare Delivery (1.00 Unit)

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 16 Oct 22 Jan 21 Apr 22
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 21 Jan 4 Mar 29 Jun 21
Courses End* (week of) Dec 14 Mar 15 Jun 7 Sep 7
Parking Permits Expire Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30 Sep 30
Administrative Holidays Nov 11, Nov 26-27, Dec 24-25, Dec 31 Jan 1, Jan 18, Feb 15 Mar 26, May 31 Jul 5, Sep 6

*Actual dates may vary by program.

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Specialization Eligibility and Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon completion of three required courses and a capstone experience, for a total of 5 units, equivalent to 56 hours of instruction. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course, including the capstone, in order to be eligible for the certificate. To receive your digital certificate, submit a Request for Certificate with a non-refundable $35 application fee after completing all program requirements and the capstone experience. It is recommended that all three courses and the capstone experience be taken in sequence. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing the certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Advisory Committee

  • Kim Carli, Executive Director, Enterprise Program Management & Process Improvement, City of Hope
  • Roger Chen, Vice President, Organization Transformation, Lee Memorial Health System
  • Donna Litwinski, Master Lean Fellow, MemorialCare Health System in Southern California
  • Georgette Loubnan, Business Intelligence, Data Governance and Master Data Management Consultant
  • Stephen Mayfield, Chief Quality Officer, Navicent Health

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.