Villanova School of Business and M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Announce New Certificate Program for Healthcare Leaders

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Villanova, Pa., October 19, 2022 – The Villanova School of Business (VSB) and the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing (FCN) will jointly offer a new Certificate in Healthcare Design & Innovation beginning spring 2023. The online executive education program will provide healthcare leaders with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to manage the increasing complexities of the healthcare landscape.

Drawing on the expertise of faculty from FCN and VSB, the non-credit certificate program will provide leadership and technical skills specific to the healthcare industry. The program will consist of four courses: the economic forces and policy shaping healthcare, reimagining the healthcare supply chain, digital health and analytics, and systems and design thinking for healthcare innovation. The interprofessional approach to the program will give learners the tools to examine complex healthcare issues from various perspectives.

“In today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment, healthcare leaders must prepare to take on the dynamic challenges facing organizations and the industry,” according to VSB’s Jeffrey Kudisch, PhD, Associate Dean, Corporate Relations and Executive Education. “The Certificate in Healthcare Design & Innovation will enable healthcare leaders to make transformative impacts in the workplace and beyond.”

The online program is designed for professionals looking to broaden their knowledge of the business process within the healthcare industry, accelerate their careers and sharpen their skills. Each course is four weeks and includes one live session each week for participants to engage with faculty and peers.

“This powerful experiential learning opportunity will help leaders achieve their maximum potential to provide innovative solutions leading to tangible business results. Participants will explore practical yet creative strategies that can be implemented immediately in their professional setting,” explains Evie Lengetti, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, Assistant Dean of FCN’s Health Care Professional Development Program.

The program will give learners the tools to examine complex healthcare issues from various perspectives and the diverse careers, backgrounds and professions of the learners will allow them to see the interconnectedness of organizations within the larger ecosystem.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is top-ranked among business schools in the nation. Its online graduate business programs are ranked #3, and its online MBA program is ranked #9 by U.S. News and World Report. VSB has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to five Centers of Excellence – the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights and the Center for Church Management – with each designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and applied opportunities for students. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit

The M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing (FCN) at Villanova University is a nationally recognized, premier nursing program, committed to its Augustinian Catholic values and the tireless pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in nursing and nursing education. Founded in 1953, the College is consistently designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. The College is committed to a teacher-clinician-scholar model, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and health care professional development programs that prepare students to assume positions as productive, ethical and socially responsible practitioners and leaders at the forefront of modern health care. Visit


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