CHA’s Foundations of Catholic Health Care Leadership Program provides executives, board members, directors, managers, clinicians and other leaders in Catholic health care with a foundation in core theological and ethical principles that are at the heart of the Catholic health ministry. The program addresses the interest many leaders have expressed to deepen their understanding of the moral principles of the church in serving the needs of patients, families, communities and the common good.

The Foundations of Catholic Health Care Leadership Program is a “must-have” primer for new and current leaders in Catholic health care. Over the last two decades, thousands of leaders have broadened their understanding of the ministry through the program’s in-person and online formats. 

This year, the online Foundations Program features a new course design and interactive, web-based learning platform that offers additional resources and opportunities for participants to reinforce their learning experience and ongoing professional development.

The online course takes place in a series of sessions on six consecutive Fridays from Jan. 25 – March 1, 2019.

Each session includes presentations, as well as opportunities for interaction via online chat and online small group discussions. Since each session focuses on a key principle of Catholic health leadership, registrants are expected to participate in all sessions. Assignments and reading materials will be available for download prior to each session. An orientation session to familiarize participants with the online format is scheduled for Jan. 22 from 1-2 p.m. ET.

To enhance interaction and benefits of the formational experience, we recommend that whenever possible registrants participate together with colleagues in groups at the same facility. Individual participants are also welcome as we are happy to link them with participants from other locations for all group discussions.

Program Objective

Completion of this program will enable participants to begin articulating and integrating spiritual, theological and ethical principles of Catholic health care and apply them to their work.

This Program Will Benefit:

  • Executives
  • Physicians, nurses and clinical staff
  • Board members
  • Pastoral care staff
  • Directors
  • Communications and marketing staff
  • Managers and middle managers    
  • Persons serving in leadership of partner organizations


The curriculum weaves biblical, theological and spiritual aspects of health care ministry in a model that incorporates adult learning methods within a framework of ministry formation and development.