System Leadership and Innovation (SLI)

Designed for clinical leaders who aspire to ​​address complex problems within the healthcare sector.

Medical students study together

IHPME’s MSc in System Leadership and Innovation (SLI) is the first graduate program to offer a specific focus on health systems innovation and transformation.

The program is designed for emerging clinical leaders to develop their system leadership skills, apply concepts and techniques for innovation and system transformation and systemically evaluate the impact of innovations on system performance.

The SLI program provides a transdisciplinary curriculum incorporating health systems science, organizational behaviour, health policy, innovation science, and systems leadership. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn from internationally renowned faculty, top healthcare leaders, and decision-makers in Canada and beyond.

Program Highlights

Lead Change

Develop skills, gain practical experience, and conduct key research that will expose you to an array of health system leadership concepts and settings. 

Create Connections

Learn from IHPME’s world-renowned faculty in a curriculum that delivers course work and practicum experiences in real-world health system settings.

Flexible Studies

Complete studies without interrupting medical studies and clinical training. 

SLI Careers

SLI is one of its kind in Canada that uniquely intersects healthcare and management offered by Canada’s leading Health Policy and Management Institute.

It complements your clinical skills and prepares you to succeed as a systems thinker, innovator and a strategic leader prepared to tackle wicked health systems problems in Canada and globally.

People from SLI


Dhruv Nayyar

Dr. Dhruv Nayyar was excited to join the IHPME community after learning that his most instrumental mentors were past graduates. Interested in gaining a deeper understanding of system innovation within healthcare, Nayyar decided to pursue the System Leadership and Innovation […]

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Justin Shapiro

Justin Shapiro shares how the SLI program complements his undergraduate medical studies.

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Images of Abi Sriharan and Savithiri Ratnapalan

Change in Program Directors for IHPME’s SLI Program

January 31, 2023


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Tracking COVID’s unfurling: trainee-built dashboard shows clearer picture of global infections

September 22, 2021

Research / Students

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Dr. Brandon Tang giving a TEDx talk

Unhurried medicine: graduate applies ‘big picture’ lens to enhance the experiences of patients and providers

August 30, 2021


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Learn More About the Programs

SLI Program Director

Savithiri Ratnapalan
Email Address: savithiri.ratnapalan@​

Oversees management of the SLI Program

SLI Program Assistant

Devrim Sen
Phone Number: 416-946-8542
Email Address: ihpme.sli.program@​

Manages the SLI courses including enrollment, grades, and access to Quercus

Graduate Administrator

Zoe Downie-Ross
Email Address: ihpme.grad.admin@​

Coordinates student records, graduate funding, and student-related awards

Graduate Admissions

Christina Lopez
Email Address: ihpme.admissions@​

Coordinates all IHPME admissions

Graduate Assistant

Email Address: ihpme.grad.assist@​

Coordinates various graduate initiatives including defences, student events, and graduation

Graduate Placements

Christina Lopez
Email Address: ihpme.placements@​

Coordinates details involving student placement and experiential learning