Emerging Health Leaders

The Emerging Health Leaders Program is a two-week intensive, residential, leadership program for students and young professionals from across Canada and beyond.

This program is a life-altering experience. It will challenge your thinking and push you to become a better leader by focusing on: Personal leadership assessment and development, effective teams, change management, design thinking, as well as identifying, implementing and championing new ideas and innovations in a health environment.

  • Challenge your thinking and develop your personal leadership capabilities
  • Become a champion for innovation by learning how to spot, support and implement new and creative approaches to getting things done
  • Develop your ability to collaborate, and work within and across multiple teams to solve complex problems
  • Learn about how to make an immediate impact in the workplace
  • Experience an intensive leadership development program that will supplement your professional resume or graduate school application

Read about the experiences of three Emerging Health Leaders graduates.

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“Evolving a new generation of innovative healthcare leaders.”


Who Should Apply?

Program participants will be interdisciplinary students, recent graduates, medical residents and young professionals from across Canada with an interest in the field of healthcare. These students will have been successful in their academic and extra-curricular activities while demonstrating leadership capabilities.

Application Process

A selection committee will be looking for well-rounded applicants who can provide examples of demonstrated leadership capabilities.

The application process consists of an online application, followed by a personal interview with a selection panel of faculty and staff. 

Emerging Health Leaders faculty and staff will be reviewing applications as they are submitted beginning October 15, 2018. Applicants are accepted into the program on a rolling basis, and will be contacted to confirm next steps within 5 business days of their application submission.

There is no fee to apply to the program.


There are two offerings of the Emerging Health Leaders Program in 2019.

April 28 – May 11, 2019

August 11 – 24, 2019

Enrolment is limited.

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Fees and Bursaries

The Emerging Health Leaders Program is available in 2019 at a rate of $2995 + HST per participant.

The fee includes:

  • Two weeks of in-class programming
  • 1-on-1 session with an executive coach
  • All course materials and assessments
  • Shared hotel accommodation (single accommodation available at an additional cost)
  • Off-site transportation
  • Several in-course meals

The program fee is subject to increase after 2019.

Financial Aid

These bursaries are available only to Emerging Health Leaders Program applicants. 

Successful bursary recipients will have bursary funds applied towards their program fee.

The HLA encourages applicants to explore additional opportunities for financial support. McMaster University students may be eligible for scholarships and bursaries from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

For those applicants seeking support from employers or academic programs/departments, the HLA is available to help express the value of the program.

Important Dates and Deadlines

SPRING: April 28 – May 11, 2019

Final application deadline    February 15, 2019

Payment Schedule

$495 CAD
Due 7 business days after notification of acceptance
Second Payment
$1200 CAD
Due March 1, 2019
Remaining Balance Due March 22, 2019

SUMMER: August 11 – 24, 2019

Final application deadline    May 31, 2019

Payment Schedule

$495 CAD
Due 7 business days after notification of acceptance
Second Payment 
$1200 CAD
Due June 14, 2019
Remaining Balance Due July 5, 2019

More Information

For more information, read our frequently asked questions page, or check out our prospective student package.

We’ve also posted a sample program outline, showing sample topics for both weeks of the program.

When you’re ready, submit your online application.

Have a Question?

All questions about the program or application process can be directed to our Program Administrator, Katie Fitzgerald  at fitzgerc@mcmaster.ca.