Fellowship in Health System Improvement


Lead the change

With Canada's health system performance trailing many other countries, there is now a critical need for leaders who bring about transformative change.

Are you ready to take on the challenge?

Do you want to:

  • increase your knowledge of health and health system performance
  • enhance your personal and organizational leadership skills
  • build your understanding of international health systems
  • develop the ability to lead transformative change

If these things appeal to you, and if you are a current leader or senior manager in a health system, then our Fellowship in Health System Improvement may be for you.


Thank you for your interest in the Fellowship in Health System Improvement. Applications for the 2024/25 cohort will open starting April 1, 2024.

Certified Health Executive Program credits

Canadian College of Health Leaders

Certified Health Executives are skilled professionals committed to career development and their profession. Certification demonstrates a proven level of knowledge and experience, and insight into health leadership practices.

Through a partnership with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), graduates of the School of Public Health MPH degree program have advanced standing for two of the credit
requirements for the Canadian Health Executive (CHE) designation.

Additional benefits offered to students by CCHL include:

  • reduced application fee to the CHE program, if registered within one year of degree completion
  • CCHL student rate membership fees
  • 7 maintenance of credential credits upon completion of the CHE program

Exemption from requiring two years of health-related leadership experience to apply to the CHE program MPH candidates must meet eligibility requirements for both CCHL membership and the CHE program.

For more information about CCHL and its membership benefits, as well as the CHE program and eligibility requirements, visit the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Who should attend

The program is designed for people with significant health system experience who are eager to enhance their capacity to lead transformative change. Enrolment will be limited to 24 students.


“This Fellowship provides a learning experience like no other. The calibre of resident and visiting educators takes systems thinking to a whole new level”

Susan Brown
President and Chief Executive Officer, Interior Health, BC

“The Fellowship in Health System Improvement provides great insights into both the Canadian and international healthcare settings. The curriculum skillfully blends leadership development through the LEADS in a Caring Environment framework and the concepts of health system improvement into one. With participants from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences the program creates the opportunity for forward thinking, intriguing and challenging discussions. The team action learning projects explore innovative ways of addressing real life health system problems that can be implemented to drive change. Supported by high quality faculty, mentors and speakers, a highly engaging program for anyone interested in developing their health system knowledge.”

Sean Chilton
Vice-President, Health Professions and Information Technology, Alberta Health Services

E: fhsi@ualberta.ca