Providence, R.I. [Brown University] The sun was shining on the newest Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership (MHL) cohort as they processed through the Van Wickle Gates during the program’s 10th convocation ceremony on January 30, 2023.
Program leadership and staff of the School of Professional Studies along with current students, family and friends applauded this significant occasion for the 25 professionals embarking on the transformational program. The diverse 10th cohort brings an impressive average of 18 years of experience from various healthcare backgrounds and industries such as consulting, education, biotechnology and government.
Students traveled near and far to participate in the first residential week in Providence which kicked off with a keynote address from Chris Godfrey, an alumnus of the very first Healthcare Leadership cohort. Since graduating from the program, Godfrey founded Bloodbuy, a software and services company focused on developing cloud-based technologies that vastly improve how biological products are managed and disseminated. In 2016, Bloodbuy was named the first winner of the Harvard Business School-Harvard Medical School Health Acceleration Challenge, and was awarded the Brown Graduate School Professional Excellence Award.
Throughout the week students participated in coursework on Healthcare Policy and Strategic Planning and Value Creation, as well as a guest lecture from alumnus Michael Crawford, associate dean for strategy, outreach and innovation at the College of Medicine at Howard University. Crawford’s presentation explored digital health strategies to advance health equity.
After the residential session, students returned home to begin the online learning period. They come back to Providence again in June to start their summer term.