Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management

The School of Business' health care management certificate program combines a rich mix of traditional coursework with the most current information and best practices in the field.

Online health care management specialization courses explore:

  • U.S. health insurance programs Health care and taxation Legal and ethical issues facing providers and patients
  • Consumer health care
  • Federal and state health policy processes
  • Community health evaluation and epidemiology

Individuals who possess a graduate degree will obtain the 18 graduate hours required to be eligible to teach health care management at the undergraduate level.

Our online graduate certificate in health care management is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), a professional accreditor for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world.


Certificate Requirements

Health Care Management Courses (18 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • HCM 520 Health Care Organization/Managed Care 3

    This is an overview of the contemporary health care system. It examines the historical antecedents, patients, providers, payers, and current health policies. It also provides an overview of the mission, environment, and organizational design of today's health services organizations. Finally, it describes and analyzes U.S. health insurance programs, including private and public insurers, health insurance demand, health plan types, premiums, and reimbursement systems.

  • HCM 530 Community Health Evaluation/Epidemiology 3

    This course provides an overview of the various health reporting systems that are in use and required by the federal government. It stresses the importance of accurate reporting and the role that these reporting systems play in disease and death prevention and containment. It also examines the business costs of such approaches.

    Prerequisites: HCM 520

  • HCM 540 Critical Issues in Health Care 3

    This is a course that explores the most significant issues in health care today. It considers corporate theory from a health care perspective as well as consent to care, malpractice in contemporary America, health care negligence, and liability. Special attention is given to an examination of health care and taxation, legal problems facing providers and patients, and ethical issues in human reproduction, genetics, and death.

  • HCM 550 Health Care Management 3

    In this course, students will study the critical elements of contemporary health care management beginning with strategic planning, marketing, and information systems. The course will also examine other aspects of management as they relate to health care quality improvement methods and allied health professions such as human resource management for health care, communication management for health care, and process improvement techniques related to health care practice behavior in various settings.

    Prerequisites: HCM 520

  • HCM 560 Consumer Health Care 3

    In this course, students will study the critical elements of contemporary consumer health care management beginning with an understanding of JCAHO's interest in and support for patient, client, customer, and employee satisfaction through communication. The course will also examine the role of communication as it relates to health care quality improvement methods and allied health professions such as communication as a central feature of customer satisfaction, communication management to support health care consumerism, process improvement techniques related to health care practice behavior and the way these techniques communicated to practitioners, agents, and patients.

    Prerequisites: HCM 520

  • HCM 590 Health Policy Evaluation 3

    This course is a survey and a critical analysis of federal and state health policy processes. It focuses on the evaluation of health care outcomes and the effectiveness and efficiency of contemporary health services. Students analyze cases dealing with administrative and policy issues in health services including problem solving in ill-defined, multifaceted situations, operational health program evaluation models, and health planning documentation models.

    Prerequisites: HCM 520, HCM 530, HCM 540, HCM 550

Total Credits 18