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A cohort model designed for working professionals, students learn 80% online, with two week-long sessions on Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, NY and one weekend session in Boston. All courses have been developed by Cornell faculty and are supported by Executives-in-Residence who will mentor students through their capstone projects.

Online Courses, Listed in Sequence

  • Microeconomics for Managers
  • Health Care Organizations and Behavior
  • Business Statistics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Health Law for Managers
  • Managerial Finance
  • Health Marketing for Managers
  • Managing Operations
  • Leadership, Innovation and Change Management
  • Health Care Finance for Managers
  • Health Care Strategy
  • Health Policy for Managers
  • Field Study for Health Managers
  • Elective Courses

On-Campus Courses, Listed in Sequence

  • Microeconomics for Managers
  • Health Care Organizations and Behavior
  • Population Health for Executives
  • Quality Improvement for Managers
  • Health Care Innovation
  • Health Care Finance for Managers


Degree Requirements and Grading Policy

In order to receive an EMHA degree, a student must:

  1. Complete 36.5 credits.
  2. Receive a grade of C- or better in each required course.  If a student receives a grade lower than a C- in a required course, they should contact Mariya Thompson to discuss options for making up the unsatisfactory grade.
  3. Earn an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.50.
  4. If a student receives an incomplete grade, it may remain on the student’s transcript for a maximum of two semesters and one summer after the grade is given or until the awarding of a degree, whichever is the shorter period.  If the work in the course is completed satisfactorily within the designated time period, the incomplete grade will be changed to a regular grade on the student’s official transcript. If the work is not completed within the designated time period, the incomplete grade will automatically be converted to an F by the college registrar.

Sloan Competencies

All program courses and activities are designed to help a student achieve our core competencies (listed below) which the Sloan Program has identified as crucial to success in the healthcare industry.


Sloan Competency Model


1. Business writing skills

2. Presentation skills

Leadership Skills and Relationship Management

3. Leading, communication with, and managing others

4. Change management

5. Ability for honest self-assessment

6. Problem solving and decision making

7. Working in teams


8. Personal and professional ethics

9. Emotional intelligence and critical thinking

Knowledge of the Health Care Environment

10. Health care issues and trends

11. Health care legal principles

12. Health policy

13. Population health and the social determinants of health

Business and Analytical Skills

15. Financial management and accounting

16. Organizational behavior and managing human resources

17. Strategic planning and analysis

18. Marketing

19. Information management

20. Operations management and quality and performance improvement

21. Quantitative skills

22. Planning and managing projects

23. Economic analysis and application

14. Cultural competence

Sloan leadership will provide each student with an individualized competency assessment that will be reviewed by the advisor and student on a quarterly basis. 

Methods for Evaluating Student Competence 

At the student level, the “realistic” target that we set is that all students will attain a self-assessed level of 3 in all competencies by the time they graduate, and our aspirational or “stretch” target is that all students will attain a level of 4 in all competencies by the time they graduate.  This is based on the 5-point Likert scale that we use where: 

  • 1 = Novice 
  • 2 = Advanced Beginner 
  • 3 = Competent 
  • 4 = Proficient 
  • 5 = Expert 

Sloan Competency Model and Method for Evaluating Student Competence 

The Sloan Program aspires to develop 23 distinct student competencies that are organized into five major domains: 1) Communication; 2) Leadership Skills and Relationship Management; 3) Professionalism; 4) Knowledge of the Health Care Environment; and 5) Business and Analytical Skills. Over the course of the two-year program, Sloan program staff use two methods to track a student’s competency attainment: self-assessment surveys administered three times throughout the program; and selected assignments in core courses. Students can track their competency development with a customized Excel-based Sloan Competency Assessment Rubric (SCAR), which will be available to you via Box. You are encouraged to discuss your competency attainment, and the evolution of your attainment, with your advisor when you
meet with them in the first two weeks of each semester. We use information on student performance on the competencies for accreditation purposes and to identify whether and how the curriculum can be improved. 

Application Details

How to apply:

EMHA Enrollment Counselors:

Khalialah Perry
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Margaret Johnson (Walch)
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