Master of Health Leadership and Policy in Clinical Education (MHLP)

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Transform your career with the Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) in Clinical Education. This prestigious professional degree is designed for clinicians aiming to expand their expertise in the dynamic fields of practice trend analysis and clinical education delivery. Our interdisciplinary approach combines advanced health care studies from the School of Nursing with the renowned business education of UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School. Equip yourself with the knowledge and confidence to navigate your career toward new horizons.

The healthcare landscape is evolving rapidly due to technological advancements, innovative care methods, and changing demographics. There is a growing demand for adept clinical educators who can assess learning needs and develop educational strategies across various clinical contexts. These professionals must also possess a keen business understanding and the interpersonal acumen to effectively lead teams and spearhead change.


The MHLP in Clinical Education program uniquely melds healthcare and business education, providing you with the strategic skills essential for a leadership role within your organization. Our clinical education courses offer a comprehensive view, from understanding the context of clinical education to applying theoretical knowledge in creating diverse learning experiences. Simultaneously, the business courses from the esteemed UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School equip you with a robust foundation in data analysis, project management, and organizational leadership skills.


Tailor your education to fit your lifestyle by choosing between a full-time, 12-month program or a part-time, 24-month alternative. The full-time option fast-tracks your learning, enabling you to enhance your skillset and knowledge within a year. Opting for the part-time route allows you to balance your professional commitments while progressively building your clinical leadership capabilities. This flexible arrangement means you can apply your newfound skills directly to your current role, integrating real-world challenges into your academic experience.

Regardless of choosing full-time or part-time study, you will participate in campus engagements with classmates and faculty twice weekly. Part-time learners will dedicate approximately 10 hours, while full-time learners will commit around 20 hours to in-class learning.


Throughout the 12 or 24 months, you will:

  • Deepen your ability to design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive clinical education programs.
  • Advance your understanding of relevant policies, leadership strategies, and business practices in clinical education.
  • Participate in diverse clinical practice settings, benefiting from a curriculum rich in experiential and community-based learning.
  • Collaborate with distinguished faculty from the UBC School of Nursing and complete a practicum with top health-care professionals.
  • Grow your professional network and engage with fellow MHLP students.
  • Acquire essential business, project management, and interpersonal skills to propel your career and confidently embrace more significant responsibilities

What makes the program unique?

Elevate your healthcare career with the Master of Health Leadership & Policy in Clinical Education from UBC.


Embark on a transformative journey with UBC’s Master of Health Leadership & Policy (MHLP) in Clinical Education. Designed to catapult you into leadership roles and facilitate seamless transitions across healthcare sectors, this program is your gateway to a future filled with advanced responsibilities and thrilling new career opportunities. With an impressive 71% of our alumni ascending to higher positions and 78% pivoting to new career paths, the MHLP degree is more than an educational journey—it’s a powerful catalyst for professional reinvention and advancement.


Dive into rigorous clinical education courses that blend theory with evidence-based practice. Learn to craft educational strategies that drive change and ensure clinicians within your organization meet the highest practice and accreditation standards across various disciplines.


Clinical knowledge alone won’t suffice. Through UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School, you’ll acquire essential business skills and a solid grasp of broad-based management concepts, equipping you to make informed decisions and lead effectively.


Understanding health-care policy is crucial for influencing how care is organized and delivered. Delve into the intricacies of health policy as it relates to clinical practice education and develop the acumen to shape and advocate for effective policy changes.


Leadership skills are woven into every aspect of the MHLP degree. As a student, you will find yourself immersed in a variety of leadership-building experiences. This includes leading diverse teams and managing complex projects. You will have the opportunity to attend a series of professional development workshops, each carefully crafted to refine and enhance your leadership abilities and interpersonal skills. These experiences are not just educational, but transformative, equipping you with the confidence and competence to emerge as an influential and effective healthcare leader.


Join a legacy of excellence at UBC, consistently ranked among the world’s top 40 universities. Benefit from the Faculty of Applied Science’s School of Nursing, ranked one of the best nursing schools in Canada. UBC’s Sauder School of Business is the best business school in Canada and ranks 38th worldwide, offering experiential and rigorous business education.


As an MHLP student, your network will grow exponentially through:

  • Interaction with world-renowned faculty and health-care educators celebrated for their teaching and research excellence.
  • Collaboration with motivated peers, bringing diverse experiences and perspectives to enrich your learning.
  • Business courses alongside professionals from other MEL and MHLP programs, creating a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment.
  • Access to workshops and presentations by industry leaders, keeping you abreast of current issues and trends.


Clinical educators equipped with a deep understanding of educational best practices and business insights are uniquely positioned to lead and innovate within their careers and organizations. As a graduate, you’ll possess the knowledge and skills to confidently step into coveted roles and explore new realms in health-care practice.


Program Structure


Choose from either a full-time (12-month) or part-time (24-month) option. With the 12-month full-time option, you'll complete your studies in one year, expanding your knowledge base and skill set in a concentrated time frame.

The 24-month part-time option offers flexibility for those who want to continue working while building their business and technical knowledge. By balancing work and study, you'll be able to apply your new skills immediately to your workplace, and bring technical and leadership challenges from work into classroom discussion. This part-time version of the MHLP in Clinical Education is also an opportunity to build your professional network over two years. Students pursuing this option can expect to be on campus for two weekdays each week (approximately 10 hours total).


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If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Tuition & Financial Support


FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$114.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$10,755.80$21,610.24
Program Fee$32,267.40$64,830.72
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$1,116.60 (approx.)
Costs of livingEstimate your costs of living with our interactive tool in order to start developing a financial plan for your graduate studies.
Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)
Deposit requirement$5000.00$5000.00
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Financial Support

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.

Program Funding Packages

Being a professional program, there are no UBC scholarships, grants or funding offered directly for MEL or MHLP students. Students who require financial assistance are encouraged to look for external scholarships or loans that may be available to them. Please find a list of options and areas for you to independently explore and investigate on our webpage:

Employer support

Organizations may provide their employees with tuition benefits as part of an employment package to support lifelong learning of their workforce.

Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)

Professional / course-based programs usually do not provide merit-based funding. Some programs may offer bursaries.

Financial aid (need-based funding)

Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.

All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.

Foreign government scholarships

Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.

Working while studying

The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.

International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.

A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement.

Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals

Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.

Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.

Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.

Cost Estimator

Applicants have access to the cost estimator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.

Career Options

Clinical educators play an essential role in educating pre-licensure clinicians and ensuring the ongoing professional development of practicing professionals. You will develop the tools to create caring and collaborative clinical education environments so that clinicians are able to meet practice standards and deliver responsive, patient-centered care. It is expected that graduates would follow careers in education for patient care and professionals, change management, health services program management and leaders in quality, safety and systems improvement.

The health-care sector is facing unprecedented change as a result of emerging technologies, new approaches to care and shifting demographics. Organizations are seeking highly proficient clinical educators who can identify learning needs and develop educational strategies to address requirements within a wide array of clinical practice contexts. They’re also looking for individuals with the business perspective and interpersonal skills to successfully lead teams and guide change.


Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

These statistics show data for the Master of Health Leadership and Policy in Clinical Education (MHLP). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.


New Registrations2115382216
Total Enrolment2845221512

Completion Rates & Times

Based on 61 graduations between 2020 - 2023 the minimum time to completion is 1.02 years and the maximum time is 2.04 years with an average of 1.11 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each registration year, May to April, e.g. data for 2022 refers to programs starting in 2022 Summer and 2022 Winter session, i.e. May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023. Data on total enrolment reflects enrolment in Winter Session Term 1 and are based on snapshots taken on November 1 of each registration year. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Graduation rates exclude students who transfer out of their programs. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs.

Further Information


Clinical Education offers a unique combination of health-care and business classes. Clinical education courses take a holistic perspective that includes exploring the context of clinical education to learning how to put theory into practice as you develop diverse learning experiences.

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