HealthCare Management (Graduate Certificate)

The healthcare industry is growing rapidly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall healthcare industry is expected to add the most new jobs of any US industry, increasing its share from 12.0% to 13.6%, and adding about 3.8 million positions, between 2014 and 2024. The growth in healthcare managerial positions alone is likely to grow 17% during this period, a rate much faster than average. With an eye toward that anticipated growth, the College of Management Graduate Programs has designed the HealthCare Management Graduate Certificate to address the needs of professionals seeking to enter this industry, and to better equip those who may already be working in the healthcare sector. 

The program will be open to those with an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and appropriate interests and work experience. 

How to Apply

Below is a listing of the Required Courses and Elective Options for the HealthCare Management Graduate Certificate. Students will take a minimum of five courses (3 required core courses and 2 electives) for a total of 15 credits.

Required Core HealthCare Management Courses (3):

HealthCare Management (MBAMGT 680)
The healthcare industry is vast, highly complex, and dynamic affecting everyone throughout their entire lives. It has also faced longstanding problems with access, quality, and costs. There are also systematic disparities in health status, care, and outcomes. Recent healthcare reform brings both the hope of addressing these problems as well as great uncertainty.  In this course, we will examine the role of healthcare managers within this important, complex, and ever changing industry. We will explore both micro perspectives (i.e., understanding and managing healthcare organizations internal environments) and macro perspectives (i.e., understanding and managing the external healthcare environment).

HealthCare Policy and Systems (MBAMGT 681)
The healthcare industry is vast, highly complex, and dynamic affecting everyone throughout their entire lives. It also comprises a large proportion of the US economy relative to other high income nations. This course explores the structure of healthcare systems including financing, services, utilization, and access. It also examines the policies and the political pressures that shape those systems over time. The first part of the course will focus on the US healthcare system, a complicated mixture of for-profit, private not-for-profit, and governmental entities. It will examine why this complex and relatively expensive system often fairs poorly compared to other high-income nations in terms of healthcare access and outcomes. It will also examine healthcare reform efforts (e.g., the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The second part of the course will focus on comparing the US system with that of selected high and low to middle income nations.

HealthCare Finance (MBAAF 627)
This course addresses the financial management theory, techniques, and issues applicable to public and private health organizations. Specific topics include budgeting, capital formation, cost finding, reimbursement alternatives, financial analysis, and performance evaluation. The course also evaluates contemporary policy issues affecting the healthcare administrator.

Electives (select at least two of the following):

MBAMKT 669 Social and Nonprofit Marketing
In 1951, when sociologist G.D. Weibe asked, "Why can't you sell brotherhood and rational thinking like you can sell soap?", the fields of social and nonprofit marketing were born. Social marketing seeks to benefit either society as a whole or a segment of the population (e.g., a particular vulnerable population) via influencing behavior. Nonprofit Marketing primarily involves promoting socially beneficial services and goods (e.g., healthcare services, educational opportunities, arts performances, museum shows). Additionally, nonprofits can and do employ social marketing to raise funds and engage volunteers. 

This course will enable students to gain valuable practical skills that are relevant in a broad range of fields including environmental, healthcare, nonprofit management, marketing, and public health. Students will examine the functions of social and nonprofit marketing, as well as, the ways that they both dovetail with and differ from for-profit marketing. And working in teams, students will develop social marketing programs.

MBAMGT 667 Entrepreneurship
This course sensitizes students to the entrepreneurial process from the conception of an idea to the creation of a new venture. The course provides conceptual frameworks, tools, and techniques to understand different aspects of entrepreneurial process and helps students evaluate the entrepreneurial career for themselves. Students learn about assessing business opportunities, developing a business plan, understanding various ways of mobilizing resources, creating different forms of new ventures, and building a top management team for the growth of the venture. 

MBAMGT 684 Social Enterprise & Poverty Alleviation
Social enterprise thus represents an organization crossbreed, blending defining elements of the business and nonprofit models. Like a business, social enterprise tries to pay its own way with income derived from buying and selling, and like a nonprofit, it aims to fill a particular social deficiency or correct a certain market failure associated with poverty. As opposed to maximizing shareholder value the way a prototypical business does, a social enterprise may retain its surplus to further its social mission, distribute it to its membership, or even repay its creditors and investors at a modest return

MBAMGT 687 Nonprofit Management
Nonprofit organizations aim to improve society while facing similar management challenges to any organization as they provide valued goods and services. This large and growing sector includes colleges and universities, hospitals and social service entities, human rights.

MBAMGT 655 Healthcare Innovation 
This course will examine three types of health innovation: 1) Processes that professionals within the system initiate to improve the delivery of care, 2) Technologies that 3rd parties create to facilitate process improvement and resource optimization, and 3) Both internally and externally developed patient-focused approaches around engagement, adherence, and user experience. It will also explore ethical issues inherent in the development and delivery of any healthcare product including respecting individual privacy and safety.

MBAMGT 698 Practicum
Practicum site must be selected in consultation and with the approval of the Graduate Certificate Program Director.

MSIS 632 Introduction to Health Informatics
The course provides core definitions and concepts of systems in general and healthcare in particular. Examples of HIT systems from a variety of settings as well as functional aspects of interoperability within and between systems are examined. The concepts of usability, consistency, and reliability in regards to HIT systems and how each contributes to, or detracts from, effectiveness will be presented. An overview of the concepts of privacy, security, and confidentiality of protected health information (PHI) in relation to HIT systems will be presented. Patient-centered care will be defined and explained. The course is concluded with a focus upon future directions for HIT. New areas of research and development in HIT will be examined. Students will gain a foundational understanding of these areas and will debate appropriateness and feasibility of new HIT development areas.

MSIS 636 Healthcare Operations Management
Operations Management studies the design and management of the processes that transform inputs into finished goods or services. Operations are one of the primary functions of any organization. This course focuses on ways and means to improve healthcare operations, with specific focus on the use of analytical methods and techniques to improve healthcare processes. Topics include reducing patient wait times, measuring productivity, streamlining process flows, tracking outcomes and performance metrics, capacity management, healthcare supply chain and generally improving health management processes. The level of analysis varies considerably from operations strategy to daily control of business processes. The objective of this course is to assist students in building the skills necessary to participate actively in decision-making involving healthcare management issues.

GGHS 716 Global Health and Development: Concepts, Policies and Practice
The course examines the evolution, key concepts and practice of global health as an emergent field. It is concerned with engaging and exploring the dominant themes, key relationships, and central questions that radiate from the trans-disciplinary field of global health. The aim is for students to critically engage the global public health questions and concerns introduced in the course. Students will apply analytical thinking skills to understand a range of global public health and development problems and trends, implications, and responses.

Independent Study (MBAMGT 696, MBAAF 696, MSIS 696, or MBAMS 696)
Must be approved by the Graduate Certificate Program Director. Only three credits of independent study may count towards the certificate.


Application Requirements 

Applications for the Healthcare Management Certificate** will need to submit: 

• Online application and fee ($60 domestic, $100 international)
• Official transcripts (completed bachelor’s degree required)
• Submission of TOEFL or IETLS score (required for all students that submit undergraduate transcripts where the national language is not English. Minimum required score for TOEFL is 85 to be considered).
• Resume (3-5 years of related work experience required)
• 2 letters of recommendation
• Statement of Intent. Please express in less than 1000 words:

Why are you interested in the graduate certificate in Healthcare Informatics? How will this certificate enhance your career?
What is your experience in the healthcare field, and what problems and issues are you interested in exploring further?

You can find admission information about the application process at the Graduate Admissions homepage. 

**Please note the certificate does not meet eligibility requirements for issuance of an I-20.