UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program (HCEP)

Transforming Health Care Executives

The UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program (HCEP) is a unique and intensive program that builds leadership and management skills of executives and leaders of U.S.-based community health centers (CHCs) and other community-based organizations (CBOs) that are devoted to expanding the quality and quantity of care, treatment and support delivered to underserved and vulnerable populations nationwide.

Increase your ability to plan, lead and organize the effective delivery of health services in an ever-changing and increasingly challenging environment!

Get the HCEP Experience

The HCEP is specifically designed and especially valuable for organizations to plan for and/or implement shifts in their organizational strategies to confront the new environment for health care delivery. That changed environment is characterized by payment reform that incentivizes value, a need to demonstrate positive health outcomes as well as a favorable patient or client experience, and by an increased emphasis on the coordination of care and support across behavioral, medical, dental and social service boundaries. The program will assist organizations to engage in planning and implementation to integrate their service delivery models. The benefits and strategies of partnering with other entities within the medical ecosystem will be highlighted - fostering adaptation to this new environment.

“The UCLA J&J program gave me the courage to go after my dreams in creating new solutions to benefit the safety net and its patient base, in spite of or perhaps, because of adversity. The vision and stories of success that were interspersed with our skills and community building throughout the two-week intensive program were both rich and powerful, necessary to fuel the tough road ahead." 

Kevin Lewis
CEO of Maine Community Health Options

Program Details

HCEP has particular applicability for C-Suite and executive-level leaders who have just assumed, or will assume, major leadership responsibilities.
HCEP is especially valuable for organizations planning shifts in their organizational strategies and confronting a new environment for health care delivery.
Online Component: LIVE via Zoom
In-Person Component: UCLA Anderson

A firm commitment to participate in both the online and in-person components of the program is required.
8 Days Online via Zoom:
Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am - 1:45pm PST each week beginning on May 22 - June 6 and then again July 10-11, 2024.

7 Days In-Person at UCLA:
July 16 - 22, 2024
How to Apply
You may apply to attend the program as an individual participant or as a two-person team from the same organization. Submitting an application does not guarantee admission. An admissions committee will assess all completed applications based on the program needs. UCLA reserves the right to request supplemental information from the applicant(s) during the application review period.
Admission Criteria
HCEP's program capacity is capped at 60 applicants. Acceptance is decided by UCLA to assure that each class is representative of U.S.-based community-based health care in terms of geographic location, urban/rural mix, size and other demographic factors.
The 2024 HCEP application is now available. Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2024, 11:55PM PST. After that time, applications will no longer be accepted. A selection committee will review all submitted applications and decision notifications will be emailed the week of April 15th. 
Program Cost

Johnson & Johnson defrays the majority of the program costs (tuition, training materials, lodging and meals). Each participant is responsible for a registration fee of $3,500, as well as their travel expenses (airfare and ground transportation) to and from Los Angeles for the in-person component of the program. Participants will be housed at one of the UCLA hotels on-campus. Upon admission, an invoice will be emailed and payment is due prior to attending the program.

The program will begin Online and held every Wednesday and Thursday, from May 22 through June 6, 2024 and then again July 10 and 11, 2024, and will run from 9:00am-1:45pm Pacific Standard Time.

Participants will then convene on the UCLA campus for the conclusion of the program from July 16 - 22, 2024.  Lodging will be provided for confirmed participants at the UCLA Luskin Hotel and Conference Center.  

A firm commitment to participate in both the Live Online and In-Person components is a requirement for admission into the program. 

You can view a sample program schedule in the program brochure. The sample schedule is intended to be representative of the program structure and content. Times and sessions are subject to change.  

The program is held once a year. The program will be offered in a hybrid format, part online and part in-person. The Online portion will be held from on Wednesdays and Thursdays from May 24 through June 8, 2023, and then again from July 12 and 13, 2023. All sessions will run from 9am - 1:45pm Pacific Time (8 days online) and conclude in-person on the UCLA campus from July 18 - 24, 2023. 

The curriculum consists of practical tools, techniques and approaches to leadership and management relevant to community health centers and other community-based organizations. The curriculum has been designed to assist organizations in adapting to the rapid and radical changes in health policy, financing, service integration and technology steering health care today.

Several case studies from actual Community Health Centers  are used to illustrate key concepts and enhance learning. Faculty members are drawn mainly from the UCLA Anderson school with additional faculty from other universities and other experts.

  • Strategy Development & Implementation for Community-Based Organizations (Al Osborne)
  • A Look at the External Environment (Sunita Mutha)
  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation (Gayle Northrop)
  • Building Business Acumen: The Economic Way of Thinking (Victor Tabbush)
  • Accounting and Finance (Eric Sussman)
  • Medical Informatics (Jeffrey Guterman)
  • Marketing for Community-Based Organizations (Hal Hershfield)
  • Root Cause Analysis (Victor Tabbush)
  • Operations Management for Efficiency and Quality (Kumar Rajaram)
  • How to Make a Business Case for Your Health Initiative (Noah Goldstein)
  • The Future of Health Policy(Gerald Kominski)
Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
The CHIP is the practical application or experiential component of the program, allowing the participants to immediately translate the UCLA program curriculum to improve performance at their own organizations. The CHIP provides a process for conducting environmental analysis, identifying critical issues and/or key problems, reaffirming missions, and formulating goals, objectives and strategic options.
Online Learning Community
A Web-based “learning management system” coordinates the education process and delivers some of the program content. An easily accessible information source for online presentations, reading and useful links, the system is available to participants as a resource upon completing the program.
Online Webinars
A series of post-program webinars is offered exclusively to alumni of the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program for continual learning.
Individual Consultation by
MBA Students
The program employs MBA students as Strategic Consultants who lead small study groups to clarify and discuss session content with participants and act as consultants as participants develop their strategic projects.

“The program presented me with two amazing opportunities— one, to learn, and two, time to be strategic. Too many times, as CEOs, we do not invest in ourselves. Unless we do, our organization will not be successful.”

Beth Wrobel
CEO of HealthLinc

Get Involved: Current Anderson MBAs

Do you have a passion for social impact? Do you want to apply your newly developed MBA skills in real-time? Do you want more opportunities to network with our fantastic faculty and non-profit leaders in community health care and early childhood education?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider applying to becoming a strategic consultant for the Price Center Management Development Programs for Community Based Organizations. You will be part of a team of 7-8 strategic consultants that works closely with program participants who are immersed in an intensive and accelerated management curriculum.  

As a strategic consultant, you will be assigned a team which will consist of 5-7 participants. Each day, you will facilitate learning sessions focused on problem solving, strategy and leadership. You will also serve as a one-on-one coach for participants as they conduct organizational assessments, project planning and goal setting while developing and finalizing their organizational improvement projects. Ultimately, you will help participants generate a strategic plan which addresses an identified organizational weakness or a business opportunity that will advance the impact of the organization.  

This experience offers a competitive salary, and will connect you with an incredible network of nonprofit leaders across the country, as well as to UCLA Anderson faculty members and fellow students.  

Please contact Diana Hernandez at diana.hernandez@anderson.ucla.edu for information on how to apply for this position. 

Times have changed and business as usual is over. With the full implementation of health care reform and an environment of diminishing resources, it is more critical than ever to be collaborative, effective and sustainable. The UCLA/J&J HCEP program offered me the unique opportunity to apply what I learned to transform BOOM!Health into a more comprehensive and impactful nonprofit agency committed to improving lives through health and wellness in the South Bronx.

Robert Cordero
President and Chief Program Officer, BOOM!Health

The Alumni Network

The learning process does not end with the conclusion of the UCLA Health Care Executive Program. Graduates will continue to benefit from a community of program alumni that fosters support around common objectives. Networking during and after the program will create and strengthen relationships that will enhance the management education and entrepreneurial skills of health care executives nationwide. An e-mail list allows participants to stay informed about strategic, operational and policy issues, as well as to share information with other alumni of the program.

Program Sponsor


For more than 130 years, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies has aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life by blending heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity. At Johnson & Johnson, good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. Today, as the world’s largest and most broadly based health care company, they are committed to using their reach and size for good. They strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere.

Contact Us

Noah Goldstein, PhD

Faculty Director
UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program
Email: noah.goldstein@anderson.ucla.edu

Diana Hernandez

Senior Program Manager
UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program
Email: diana.hernandez@anderson.ucla.edu