Health Care Executive Program


Transforming health care executives transforms health care.

The UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program (HCEP) builds leadership and management skills of executives of community health centers (CHCs) and AIDS service organizations (ASOs) that are devoted to expanding the quality and quantity of care, treatment and support delivered to underserved and vulnerable populations nationwide.

Victor Tabbush, Health Care Executive Program Director at the Price Center at UCLA Anderson
The HCEP has earned a national reputation for successfully developing the pivotal management and leadership competencies required by leaders to excel in the challenging and changing context of health care.”

Victor Tabbush, Ph.D.
Faculty Director, UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program

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About the Program

UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care InstituteThe HCEP is especially designed and valuable for organizations to plan for and/or implement shifts in their organizational strategies to confront the new environment for healthcare 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 facilitate organizations to engage in planning and efforts to better integrate their service delivery models and to consider partnering with others in the medical ecosystem - so as to adapt to this new environment.

Kevin Lewis, CEO, Maine Community Health Options
“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


The 11-day program is held annually at UCLA Anderson School of Management. The curriculum consists of practical tools, techniques and approaches to leadership and management relevant to community health centers and other AIDS service 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 Center and AIDs service organizations 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.

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Beth Wrobel, CEO, HealthLinc
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

Special Program Features

The Community Health Improvement Project (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.

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.

Technology-Enabled 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 Fellows as a resource upon completing the program.

CHIP Advisor Program

HCEP alumni are recruited and assigned to each participant to serve as CHIP advisors to enhance CHIP compliance and outcomes for one year after the conclusion of the program. An opportunity to meet the CHIP Advisor will be provided during the last two days of the program, and participants will attend a poster session to view their assigned advisor’s completed CHIP project.

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.

Upcoming Program Details



The 11-day residential program is held annually each summer at UCLA Anderson School of Management. In 2019, we will offer the Health Care Executive Program from June 17 - 27, 2019. Please check back in February 2019 for information on how to apply and to request an updated brochure.  

Who Should Attend

UCLA Anderson Health Care Executive ProgramThe program is designed for Chief Executive Officers, Executive Directors and others in the leadership team, such as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Medical Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. The program has particular applicability for those who have just, or soon will, assumed major management responsibilities. Organizations are encouraged to send multiple individuals from the leadership team. Organizations are also encouraged to identify other organizations with which they plan to merge, form an alliance or partner with, and then apply jointly.

Criteria for Admission

Forty participants will be selected for the program. Selection is based on the quality of applications submitted to UCLA. Final acceptance is decided by UCLA to assure that each class is representative of community-based health care and AIDS service organizations nationwide in terms of geographic location, urban/rural mix, size and other demographic factors.

  • Applicants must have a minimum of two years’ tenure at their current organization or previous health care experience in a similar organization.
  • Commitment from a co-participant to participate for the final 2½ days of the program. A fundamental element of the program is the required in-person involvement of the organization’s board chair or community coalition chair. Co-participants collaborate with the executive(s) of the organization to formulate and finalize the CHIP for presentation to the HCEP group and for implementation upon their return to the organization.

Program Cost

Johnson & Johnson defrays the majority of the program costs (tuition, training materials, lodging and meals) for both participants and co-participants. Participants are responsible for a registration fee of $3,750 (fee does not apply to the co-participant). Participants and co-participants are also responsible for their travel expenses to and from Los Angeles and are housed on or near campus during the program. Upon acceptance, an invoice will be generated and payment is due prior to attending the program.

How to Apply

You may apply to attend the program as an individual participant, a two-person team from the same organization, or as a collaborative entity from related organizations. For each application type, you must still obtain the commitment of a co-participant (Board Chair or other board member) to attend the last 2 ½ days of the program.

Only 40 participants will be selected, along with a short waitlist. 


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

Get Involved: Current Anderson MBAs


Head Start Management Fellows program at UCLA AndersonAs Strategic Consultants, MBA students work closely with participants and faculty and use problem solving, strategic planning and facilitation skills in a consulting environment. Working in small groups, the consultants assist participants through the strategic planning process with rigor and help them prepare an action plan to implement when they return to their organizations.

The consultants are also assigned a professor to assist with the preparation of course materials, which may involve researching, writing or rewriting case studies before and after the summer programs. This is a competitively paid position with the bulk of responsibility during the summer. 
Applications for the 2018 Strategic Consultant positions are closed. 

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The Alumni Network


UCLA Anderson Health Care Executive ProgramThe learning process does not end with the conclusion of the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson 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.

Message from Victor Tabbush

Very few people have the opportunity to positively impact individuals who are committed to improving the social good. Even fewer have the opportunity to learn of this impact. I am one of those fortunate ones. For the past several months I have received correspondence from scores of alumni of our UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program detailing how this remarkable program has changed them, their organization and even the health system.

Some alumni have mentioned specific management tools introduced to them in the program that they have applied with great advantage. Each person who has written to me described the renewed sense of energy and confidence that the program has provided. Indeed, the program’s ultimate and most meaningful outcome appears to be the confidence it builds. Alumni have overcome seemingly insurmountable organizational challenges once armed with the powerful management tools, techniques and approaches they learned in the program. So keep those letters and e-mails telling of your achievements coming in! I find these very satisfying to receive, and they affirm that the program is creating beneficial service on behalf of the safety net. While we look forward to the 16th year of The UCLA/Johnson and Johnson Health Care Executive Program, we can also look back and celebrate its successes.


Victor Tabbush

Our Sponsor


Johnson&Johnson are the official sponsor of the UCLA Anderson Price Center Health Care Executive ProgramCaring for the world, one person at a time...inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science - bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Our approximately 132,500 employees at more than 250 Johnson & Johnson operating companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.

Johnson & Johnson has generously supported the UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program from 1991 to 2015 and the Health Care Executive Program from 2002 - Present. For more information visit

Contact Us

Victor Tabbush, Faculty Director, UCLA Anderson Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program

Victor Tabbush, Ph.D.
Faculty Director
UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program

Diana Hernandez, Senior Program Manager, UCLA Anderson Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program

Diana Hernandez
Senior Program Manager
UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program
Phone: (310) 794-9559

Diana Hernandex, Senior Program Manager, UCLA Anderson Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program

UCLA Anderson School of Management
110 Westwood Plaza, Suite C305
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481


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