Interprofessional Leadership in Healthcare Online Certificate

About the Program

This five-month, fully online certificate program equips learners with the knowledge and skills to effectively lead interprofessional teams. Our program is designed for individuals with three or more years of professional experience in any health profession or setting, who lead, or aspire to lead, interprofessional teams. Learners participate in weekly live, online classrooms and engage with self-paced online learning modules featuring interactive exercises, videos, and journals. The online live classroom sessions use Project ECHO® to facilitate technology-enabled, peer-to-peer, collaborative learning, which adopts an ‘all teach, all learn’ approach.

This certificate program was developed through a partnership between Sargent College and BU School of Social Work, with support from BU Digital Learning and Innovation and the Office of Distance Education. The development process is described in the Q&A: Exploring Alumni Mentoring at BU.

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Course Details

  • Cost: $1,250 for the entire program
  • Class times: There will be an Orientation on June 1 and live discussions begin Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 8-9:15 p.m. EST
  • 5 courses (4 weeks per course)
  • Approximately 2 hours weekly (75 minute online live classroom and 1 hour self-paced online module weekly)
  • 100 percent online
  • Open to all health professionals with 3 or more years of experience
  • CE credit hours: variable depending on the profession


Alumni Mentors

Online classrooms are facilitated by mentors who are Boston University alumni from Sargent College, School of Social Work, School of Public Health, and School of Medicine. Each of the alumni mentors have vast experience leading interprofessional teams and have clinical backgrounds in a range of professions, including occupational therapy, nutrition, public health, medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, physician assistant, social work and speech language pathology.

Mentor Testimonial

“Since the beginning of my involvement, this program has truly changed my professional practice and my life, opening my eyes to all aspects of leadership, teamwork, and communication, and how I can share this information with the teams I lead.” – Alumni Mentor and Advisory Board Member Jennifer Kitano


  • Karen Jacobs, Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Digital Learning & Innovation;
    Program Director, Online Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program

(Disclosure: Financial – Receives a salary from Boston University; Non-Financial – Volunteers speaking/teaching activities for this certificate)

  • Bronwyn Keefe, Director, Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) & Professional Education Programs (PEP), BU School of Social Work

(Disclosure: Financial – Receives a salary from Boston University; Non-Financial – Volunteers speaking/teaching activities for this certificate)

  • Craig Slater, Director, Interprofessional Education and Practice, Sargent College

(Disclosure: Financial – Receives a salary from Boston University; Non-Financial – Volunteers speaking/teaching activities for this certificate)

Listen to the Health Matters podcast featuring Professors Jacobs, Keefe, and Slater discussing the development of the Interprofessional Leadership in Healthcare Certificate and next steps after a successful first cohort.


Learners in the certificate program complete the following five courses:

  1. The Interprofessional Team (4 weeks) – Recognize the value of interprofessional collaborative practice, develop team-based approaches to managing ethical issues, and apply practical strategies to foster collaborative teamwork.
  2. Effective Communication (4 weeks) – Enhance interprofessional communication through reflection on communication theory, techniques, and self-awareness; and develop confidence motivating teams and managing conflict.
  3. Effective Supervision (4 weeks) – Integrate learning theories and practical strategies to enhance student learning on clinical placement, and develop skills necessary for effective professional supervision and mentorship.
  4. Leadership of Interprofessional Teams (4 weeks) – Explore the challenges and opportunities of leading interprofessional teams, reflect on leadership styles, and apply contemporary leadership models to effect meaningful change.
  5. Building Business Acumen (4 weeks) – Understand financial management principles, and develop effective strategies to market and evaluate organizational capacity to offer services.



Payment in full is due at time of registration.


Requests for cancellations must be submitted within the first week of the first course for 100% refund. After this time, there are no refunds.


Learners can miss up to two live classroom sessions without penalty. Missing more than two live classroom sessions will result in reductions in continuing education credits provided.

Minimum Requirements

To obtain the certificate, learners must complete all journals and quizzes, and attend at least 75% of live classroom sessions. For any special needs requests, please contact BU’s Disability Services Office.

Continuing Education

Licensed individuals must contact their individual state jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. It is up to the licensee to be sure that the content of the online courses they take will meet the requirements of their board and that online courses are accepted.


For more information about the Interprofessional Leadership in Healthcare Certificate, contact Sargent’s Associate Dean for Digital Learning & Innovation Karen Jacobs.

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, in its capacity as the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) portal entity for Massachusetts, reviews and evaluates student complaints regarding distance education activities offered by Boston University in accordance with 610 CMR 12.07. 

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