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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Explore three career-enhancing certificate programs now on offer from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

Graduate certificate programs in Pharmacy Systems Science, Emerging Challenges for Healthcare Leadership and Biomedical Sciences Post-Baccalaureate are now open for enrollment.

We worked with healthcare leaders to identify growth areas that need specialized talent and skills.

They are:

Pharmacy Systems Science: Broaden your horizons, learn systems thinking.

Touching on almost every aspect of healthcare, precise coordination of pharmacy care requires systems thinking. Systems thinking depends upon leaders able to scan information from disparate sources – like patient needs, supply chain, market changes, technology trends and business environment – and then integrate the data into a cohesive strategy.

Learn how from industry leaders like:

  • Dr. Larry Starr, an eminent figure in complex systems leadership and the founder of Thomas Jefferson University’s doctoral program in systems thinking, and
  • Dr. Daniel Longyhore, system director, knowledge management for pharmacy at Geisinger, a leader in pharmacy systems thinking with deep roots as an educator, including serving as director of the teaching and learning certificate program and the academy at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).

Emerging Challenges for Healthcare Leadership: Be a healthcare leader.

Healthcare is changing rapidly. Health systems need leaders who anticipate trends instead of following them. This doesn’t require clairvoyance. It requires discipline in systems thinking, project management and strategic planning.

Learn how from industry leaders like:

  • Dr. Joel Adler, founder and president of University Informatics Associates Inc. (UIA) and former product development manager at Unisys and information systems consulting manager at Coopers and Lybrand.
  • Dr. Jean-Marc Choukroun, managing director of the Park/Mathieson Group Inc. and an internationally recognized leader in business planning, organizational change and project management. Dr. Choukroun has worked in the Americas, Europe and Asia for clients including Johnson & Johnson, Nokia, Merck, Evonik Industries, Eli Lilly, Coca-Cola (Turkey), McCormick, Quest Diagnostics, Boeing, Alstom, Newell Rubbermaid, Sunoco and more, and
  • Keith Hornbacher, MBA, an experienced project risk analyst, manager, consultant and educator whose signature assignments include decision support using quantitative risk analyses of  European CapEx Project alternatives for owners; NASA science missions; and large project audits for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Biomedical Sciences Post-Baccalaureate: One program. Many paths to success.

Whether you are seeking to position yourself for further graduate study, attend professional school (such as medical, dental or optometry), gain entry into a health-related field or advance within your organization, the Biomedical Sciences Post-Baccalaureate certificate program will pave the way for you to succeed.

Geisinger Commonwealth's Master of Biomedical Sciences program faculty will teach you how.


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About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) is a member of the Geisinger family. GCSOM offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Lewistown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a portfolio of graduate degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the state and the nation. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

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