Management Institute
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Become the leader your organization needs.


In 1982, IHA partnered with the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs to create the Management Institute. Since its founding, more than 1,300 hospital managers have graduated from the Management Institute.

Those managers have taken what they’ve learned—health care specific financial management and teamwork skills, management insights and conflict-resolution strategies—and immediately applied their new knowledge to their respective workplaces. Our graduates have become the leaders their organizations need—and you can too.

The Curriculum

The IHA Management Institute curriculum is comprised of 10 class sessions spread out over a six-month period. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and meet at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Executive Education Center on the IUPUI campus, unless otherwise noted.

Complete at least nine of the 10 following sessions and you’ll qualify for the Certified Health Care Manager designation:

  • Art of Successful Interviewing
  • Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers
  • Improving Productivity Through Time and Meeting Management
  • Coaching Employees for Continuous Performance Improvement
  • Managing in a Changing Work Environment
  • Contemporary Health Care Topics: Human Resource Issues
  • Contemporary Health Care Topics: Tools of Engagement
  • Meaningful Confliction Resolution
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Becoming a “Star” Performer​
For individual class descriptions, visit SPEA's page

98 percent of participants rate our program as “very satisfying.”

Small Classes

With an average class size between 35 and 40, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact one-on-one with your instructor, or work in small groups with your talented classmates. You’ll walk away from the Management Institute with new insight about how to manage—and with new professional connections to help you do so.


Thomas A. DeCoster, Ph.D., has been the lead instructor for the IHA Management Institute for more than twenty years. Dr. DeCoster has served as a seminar instructor for Indiana managers from more than 45 health care organizations. Health care managers have found his subject matter content to be particularly practical and adaptable to their workplace. Dr. DeCoster's seminars focus on management styles, change leadership, applied employee motivation, team dynamics, personal productivity, star performance leadership and the challenges of managing contrasting workplace generations. 

Brett A. Hodge, MSW, LCSW, is an adjunct faculty member of Executive Education at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He is the president and chief consultant for Organizational Effectiveness Consulting Inc., located in southern Indiana. Brett has more than twenty years of experience working in organizational development with many industries with an emphasis on professional coaching, team development, managing high performance teams, strategic planning, skill development and leadership development. Brett is a specialist in group dynamics and has developed several programs around the group model.

Sara Johnson’s areas of expertise include the health care industry, organizational behavior and development, human resources, not-for-profit leadership, strategic planning and long term care. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and recently served the College as the Indiana Regent. Additionally, Professor Johnson is a member of Executive Women in HealthCare, a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and the Indiana Healthcare Executives Network. Professor Johnson has taught courses in individual and organizational behavior, the U.S. health system, policy and ethics, human resources in health care and public organizations and contemporary health issues.  Professor Johnson is Director of Executive Education at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. In addition to this administrative role, Professor Johnson is a Clinical Assistant Professor, teaching both Graduate and Executive Education courses. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in health services management (BSHSM) as well as her master of health administration (MHA) degree from Indiana University, and has pursued doctoral studies at Trinity Seminary. She is the owner and president of Perspective, LLC, a company specializing in leadership development in health care and non-profit organizations.

Paul Lang, MPA is lecturer and director of Health Administration Programs, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. He is a SPEA alumnus and served as the vice president and CFO of Noble of Indiana, Inc. for 27 years. Paul was assistant director/grants management, Indiana Department of Mental Health, from 1976-1980. His major fields of expertise are accounting, fiscal governance, fundraising and long-range strategic planning.

Mary Anna Weber is President, Angotti Weber and Associates. She provides consulting services in the areas of strategy, learning, and leadership. Mary Anna is adjunct faculty for IU SPEA Executive Education where she teaches classes in the area of Management and Leadership Development. She received her Bachelor of Science in Consumer Economics from West Virginia University and her Master of Science in Adult Education and Organizational Development from Ball State University. Her passion is mentoring and coaching leaders at all levels. Her leadership programs are her tribute to the wonderful clients she serves.


Institute tuition of $2,450 includes parking, course materials, refreshment breaks and lunch.


The next session begins on Jul. 10, 2018. Sign up today! 

View the July 2018 Class Schedule


All courses, unless otherwise noted, are offered at:
The IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs Executive Education Center
801 West Michigan Street
Indianapolis, Indiana

To qualify for the Health Care Manager Certificate, each participant must complete at least nine of the 10 scheduled courses. Credit for attendance will only be given for full-day participation.

Business casual attire is recommended unless otherwise notified.

For additional information, contact:
Laura Gilbert
Meeting and Event Planner
Indiana Hospital Association
Phone: 317-423-7793


Barbara Fisher
Assistant Director
IUPUI School of Public & Environmental Affairs Executive Education Program
Phone: 317-274-3418