First Group Graduates from 10,000 Women: Yale-Tsinghua Certificate Program in International Healthcare Management

Today, after four months of classroom and field-based training, the first class of the 10,000 Women: Yale-Tsinghua Certificate Program in International Healthcare Management graduated from this flagship initiative. This leadership development program is a four-year partnership between Yale School of Public Health and Tsinghua University to provide management training to female healthcare professionals in China. It is funded by the 10,000 Women initiative, launched by Goldman Sachs, which is designed to provide business and management training to under-served women in emerging markets around the world. The Yale- Tsinghua Certificate Program is the only program that focuses on healthcare management in China.

“We are very proud of the 52 scholars who make up the first class of the Yale-Tsinghua Certificate Program in International Healthcare Management,” said Mark Machin, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. “Today’s graduation coincides with the second anniversary of the global launch of the 10,000 Women program. We are delighted to see this program has made tangible and positive impact on the lives of these driven and talented scholars, their families and their communities.”

The first cohort of graduating scholars this Yale – Tsinghua Program is made up of 52 women from across 14 provinces in China, including Beijing. Most of the scholars work as hospital CEOs and vice-presidents in secondary level hospitals or community centers, and some are officials of local health bureaus. Courses were taught by faculty from Yale and Tsinghua. Topics included health systems reform and healthcare economics, problem solving and quality improvement, human resources management, and financial management.

Scholars also completed management projects in their home organizations, allowing them to apply and refine their new skills. Projects were selected based on organizational priorities, and reflected a range of objectives, including increasing hospital efficiency, improving patient satisfaction, eliminating health worker shortages, and decreasing infection rates. The certificate program culminated with a case competition on March 4 and 5 at Tsinghua University, Beijing, in which scholars presented their management projects to a panel of leaders in healthcare management from the U.S. and China.

“The women in this program are truly amazing – they have worked hard and learned a new language of problem solving and leadership. And we have all learned from each other, which is the great joy of working internationally,” said Elizabeth Bradley, Ph.D., the Principal Investigator of the program and Director of the Yale Global Health Initiative.

“It has been a wonderful experience working together with Yale University and Goldman Sachs to deliver this program. We are very honored to be part of this program to help Chinese women in public health sector. I hope that the program we designed can help them succeed in their work”, said Professor XUE Lei, Executive Director of Executive Development Programs at the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University.

The 10,000 Women: Yale-Tsinghua Certificate Program in International Healthcare Management was launched in April 2009 to help underserved rural women healthcare managers and officials in China gain the knowledge, skills and networks necessary to become leaders in improving the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the Chinese health care system. The program also provides an ideal setting to understand the impact of the enormous health reform being undertaken by China in this decade. Over four years, the program will train 500 Chinese women healthcare managers and officials from rural areas. The program is based on research from Goldman Sachs, the World Bank, and others, which found that investments in women can lead to significant economic and social returns. For more information on the Global Health Leadership Institute, log on to www.yale.edu/ghli.

For more information on SEM, log on to www.sem.tsinghua.edu.cn. For more information on the 10,000 Women program at Goldman Sachs, log on to www.10000women.org.

About Yale University
Founded in 1915, Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) is one of the oldest of the nationally accredited schools of public health. The YSPH community benefits greatly from its dual roles of providing a world–class education as an accredited, fully functioning school, and by conducting cutting–edge, interdisciplinary research through its collaborative departmental partnerships at the School of Medicine and across the Yale campus.

As part of its ongoing commitment to engage with the international community to improve health worldwide, Yale has launched the Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI). The mission of GHLI is to develop the next generation of global health leaders at Yale and around the world through innovative educational, training and research programs to strengthen health systems and ensure health equity and quality of care for all. GHLI supports health leaders to improve the performance of health systems through leadership development, quality improvement programs, and health systems research. The Institute is also a center for debate and progress on leadership and other critical global health issues. GHLI is guided by a model of strategic problem solving which posits that the close integration of academic and practitioner perspectives is central to ensuring positive and lasting change.

About Tsinghua SEM
The history of the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University (Tsinghua SEM) dates back to 1926 as the Department of Economics and to 1979 as the Department of Economics and Management Engineering. In 1984, Tsinghua SEM was established as one of the first business schools in China. Currently, Tsinghua SEM has a total of 136 faculty members and more than 4,000 students, offering a variety of academic programs at undergraduate, master (including MBA/EMBA), and doctoral levels. With eight departments and 10 research centers, Tsinghua SEM contributes academic knowledge that fuels the revival of the Chinese economy and cultivates business leaders for China and the world.

Tsinghua SEM is the first school which has been accredited by AACSB and EQUIS on mainland China. More information can be found at http://www.sem.tsinghua.edu.cn.

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Media contacts
For Yale: Helen Dodson 203-436-3984 or helen.dodson@yale.edu
For Tsinghua: Sarah Liu 86-10-62772946 or liudt@sem.tsinghua.edu.cn
For Group SJR: Ben Kellogg 646-495-9722 or bkellogg@groupsjr.com
For Goldman Sachs: Angela Yu 8610-6627-3261 or angela.yu@gsgh.cn

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