The Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership (MICHL) is an 18-day educational program that takes place over the course of nine months, with a curriculum that includes classroom work, peer-to-peer exchanges, and collaborative learning. During the program, students develop and implement a project that addresses a significant health care issue affecting the state's uninsured and low-income residents.

The MICHL experience is designed to help participants develop practical, hands-on leadership capacities and skills that will enhance their personal effectiveness, and that of their organization, in addressing challenges and opportunities in today’s increasingly complex health care system. In addition, the experience is designed to build a network of colleagues from across the Commonwealth who are dedicated to addressing the health care needs of low-income, vulnerable and uninsured people.