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Online Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration: Curriculum

Curriculum Details




Study policy issues, finance and economics, and organization and leadership topics while partnering with faculty members to solve unique, real-world issues that health care organizations face. Your certificate consists of 15 credit hours that span five courses.

In just two terms, you can complete the online graduate certificate in health care administration and learn what’s needed to help health care organizations meet people’s health needs. Gain the knowledge and experience required for entry- and mid-level leadership roles in health care leadership.

Core Courses


Students will explore historical and contemporary leadership and organizational theories in health care organizations. Related cases and hypothetical situations will be analyzed. The course will draw on selected management scenarios to understand organizational effectiveness and change processes that can be used to improve organizational performance. Teams will be utilized throughout the course for presentations of cases.

The student examines significant health care policy issues. Special emphasis is given to public policies with broad implications, such as Medicare, regulation, and financial assistance for the uninsured. The process of policy decision making is explored. Methods and approaches for the research of policy issues are reviewed.

An introduction to health economics and financial management applications in health-related organizations. Specific information is presented concerning reimbursement systems, insurance, accounting, Medicare/Medicaid, investment decisions, capital financing, government regulations, liability issues, accessibility, budgeting, and human resources. National health insurance and state/local initiatives will be discussed.

This course examines the fundamental and contemporary issues in the strategic management of health care organizations.There will be particular emphasis on both the development of overarching organizational strategies as well as the implementation of that strategy at the operational level of the organization. Students successfully completing this course are required to apply specific concepts of health care strategy to real world scenarios through case studies.

This course emphasizes the use of an organization’s accounting information for decision-making. With a focus on both financial and managerial accounting, the course reviews financial statement analysis and interpretation. The course shifts to managerial accounting, which is defined and contrasted with financial accounting. Managers use of managerial accounting to evaluate business performance and make strategic decisions in management is reviewed. Course topics include financial and managerial accounting concepts, interpreting financial statements, cost-volume-profit relationships, budgeting, and accounting for planning and control.

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