This 100% online graduate certificate in Health Care Management is designed to meet
career advancement needs of professionals and those seeking to transition into the
health care industry. These courses can also be applied to the Masters in Public Health
(MPH) Program. Students in Community Health, Environmental Health, Integrated Medicine
or Nutrition or may wish to complete this certificate as a complement to their current
This program will benefit physicians, nurses, clinicians, managers, and professional
staff in the health care industry. In addition, it will benefit those in managed care
and not-for-profit organizations, government, consulting firms, and the pharmaceutical
industry, among others. A health care management certificate of completion will be
issued when the requirements of the program have been fulfilled.
HEA 513 Legal Aspects of Health Care
This course is an analysis of the basic legal concepts and major legal issues that
are most important to and directly affect the health services manager. Topics include
legal frameworks of health organizations and health practitioners, administrative
policy, contracts, consent, patient’s rights, legal death, insurance, liability, and
HEA 514 Approaches to Health Care Delivery
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the structure, systems,
and policies of health care delivery in the United States. The goal of the course
is to increase students’ knowledge and their ability to analyze and address health
care issues from both a management and a policy perspective.
HEA 516 Health Care Management
This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the principles of
management and managerial functions as a framework for organizing knowledge and practices
in the health care setting. This is accomplished through the relationship of each
of the functions of management that include planning, development, budgeting, and
management and evaluation concepts to health care organization operations. Practical
health care management examples, applications, issues, and exercises requiring critical
thinking and effective writing will be emphasized.
HEA 613 Advocacy and Quality of Health Care Services
This course is an introduction to patient advocacy for graduate students in the health
professions. Topics include ethics, health care financing and policy, health advocacy
for special populations, and key strategies for system change.
HEA 614 Health Care Technology and Information Management
This course will provide future health care managers with the knowledge and skills
they need to work effectively with information systems technology. Topics covered
in this course include emerging technology, information systems, the internet’s impact
on health care organizations, and system standards, among others.
HEA 616 Strategic Leadership in Health Care
Healthcare industry requires visionary, creative and transformational leaders who
can navigate effectively through a dynamic and complex landscape. This course will
provide the foundational concepts and principles necessary for exercising strategic
CEPH accreditation serves multiple purposes for different constituents. In general,
specialized accreditation attests to the quality of an educational program that prepares
for entry into a recognized profession.
- For the public, accreditation promotes the health, safety and welfare of society by
assuring competent public health professionals.
- For prospective students and their parents, accreditation serves a consumer protection
purpose. It provides assurance that the school or program has been evaluated and has
met accepted standards established by and with the profession.
- For prospective employers, it provides assurance that the curriculum covers essential
skills and knowledge needed for today’s jobs.
- For graduates, it promotes professional mobility and enhances employment opportunities
in positions that base eligibility upon graduation from an accredited school or program.
- For public health workers, it involves practitioners in the establishment of standards
and assures that educational requirements reflect the current training needs of the
- For the profession, it advances the field by promoting standards of practice and advocating
- For the federal government and other public funding agencies, it serves as a basis
for determining eligibility for federally funded programs and student financial aid.
- For foundations and other private funding sources, it represents a highly desirable
indicator of a program’s quality and viability.
- For the university, it provides a reliable basis for inter- and intra-institutional
cooperative practices, including admissions and transfer of credit.
- For the faculty and administrators, it promotes ongoing self-evaluation and continuous
improvement and provides an effective system for accountability.
- For the school or program, accreditation enhances its national reputation and represents