Transforming Health Care Executives


The Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation is pleased to support the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program (HCEP),
an 11-day-residential program that builds leadership and management skills of executives of community health centers (CHCs), AIDS service organizations (ASOs) 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.

Victor Tabbush, Ph.D.

“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 Health Care Executive Program


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.

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“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 soon 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.


UCLA Anderson
School of Management
110 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095


August 24 - September 3


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 50 applicants. Acceptance is decided by UCLA to assure that each class is representative of community-based health care in terms of geographic location, urban/rural mix, size and other demographic factors.

Covid-19 Update

Like all organizations worldwide, UCLA is grappling with the wide-ranging impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. For us, this means a new landscape in how we deliver our trainings, but our commitment to offer the Health Care Executive Program remains strong. Please continue to check back periodically to view our program offerings in 2021.

We at UCLA Anderson are thinking of you now and the enormous organizational challenges and personal difficulties you face. We fully understand how reliant our country’s health is on your heroic efforts. We are proud to be part of your world. 

Program Cost

Johnson & Johnson defrays the majority of the program costs (tuition, training materials, lodging and meals). Participants are responsible for a registration fee of $3,750 as well as their travel expenses to and from Los Angeles and are housed on campus during the program. Upon acceptance, an invoice will be generated and payment is due prior to attending the program.

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 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.



Community Health Improvement Projects (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 Fellows 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.

Victor Tabbush, Ph.D.

“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?

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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 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. 

Victor Tabbush, Ph.D.

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.


A Message from Victor Tabbush


Faculty Director, UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program

Victor Tabbush, Ph.D.

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 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 progjram’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 Health Care Executive Program, we can also look back and celebrate its successes.


Victor Tabbush

Faculty Director

UCLA Health Care Executive Program


Program Sponsor


At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That’s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world’s largest and most broadly based health care company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. Every day, our more than 130,000 employees across the world are blending heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.

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The Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation

The Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation is a virtual center that will pursue an initial set of five priorities. In the tradition of our credo to put people first, we have adopted a human-centered approach, impacting the system by first focusing on the needs of each individual health worker and what he or she needs to thrive on the job.

Respect and Recognition — ensuring frontline health workers are valued by the communities they serve, and accredited and compensated by government and health systems

Training and Education — ensuring frontline health workers have the skills and capabilities they require to deliver their services with confidence and quality

Leadership and Management — ensuring frontline health workers have opportunities to grow as leaders and have access to effective management

Well-being and Resilience — ensuring frontline health workers can prioritize their own health and access resources to manage the stress and demands of the job

Connection and Integration — ensuring frontline health workers are connected to each other, to communities and to health systems

To learn more, visit jnj.com/CHWI and follow us on social media at @JNJGlobalHealth.


Contact Us


Victor Tabbush, Ph.D.

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

Diana Hernandez

Senior Program Manager
UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program
Phone: (310) 794-9559
Email: diana.hernandez@anderson.ucla.edu