Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration and Policy
Career acceleration. Healthcare specialization. Explore core business strategies that apply to a healthcare industry that is continuously in flux.
As a graduate certificate student, you will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned faculty and accomplished classmates. Among your professors, you’ll find healthcare experts, consultants, and respected industry leaders. Sitting beside you in the classroom, you’ll find fellow students like you who want to really make a difference with their careers. Engage in practical, real-world learning, designed for ambitious professionals like you.
A Focused Curriculum to Target Your Goals
This flexible, part-time program will introduce you to methods of implementing business strategy in the healthcare industry. You will have the opportunity to gain exposure to the fundamental principles of health organization management. Drawing from different disciplines, including psychology and economics, your coursework will cover analytical frameworks for strategic decision-making and key principles of organizational design.
Each of the classes for your Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration and Policy will help you gain essential knowledge to develop your career potential. You will take three required courses and either one or two elective courses. The minimum required number of courses to earn your certificate is four, however many of our students select to take an additional elective in order to broaden their expertise.
The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Course offerings may vary by semester.
Covers the organization, financing, and outcomes of the U.S. healthcare system. Studies opportunities and challenges to improve the cost and quality of healthcare and expand adequate coverage to all. HINF 5105 | 3 credits
Offers students an opportunity to understand general business strategy concepts as they relate to the healthcare industry. Explores how to analyze market opportunities and challenges as they apply to various healthcare organizations, such as hospitals, physician organizations, and nursing homes. Presents and discusses analytical frameworks for making strategic decisions, drawing on different disciplines, including economics, management, and psychology. Strategic issues include mergers and acquisitions, vertical integration, joint ventures and alliances, performance-control systems, and organizational design. STRT 6220 | 3 credits
Covers key issues and introduces management principles in health organization management. Offers students an opportunity to apply important theoretical ideas, such as systems thinking and organizational learning, to meet challenges effectively, to learn how the healthcare workplace functions, and how to manage in these workplaces. Emphasizes case-based learning, critical thinking, and evidence-based management using individual and group projects. Introduces cutting-edge tools in areas such as work redesign, performance management, brand enhancement, and quality improvement. Addresses the management imperatives of today’s healthcare organizations and how to implement strategies and programs to meet those imperatives effectively. Intended for anyone interested in working or managing within the healthcare industry, including the field of public health. HRMG 6220 | 3 credits
Electives (Select 1 or 2)
Uses basic economic concepts to illuminate the many factors that shape health, healthcare, and the healthcare system in the United States. Examines the role of these concepts in explaining the challenges faced in achieving three core goals of the healthcare system: increasing access, limiting cost, and improving quality. Explores how policy makers, market participants, and others can remedy access, cost, and quality deficiencies. Illustrates how economic concepts can be applied to the study of health and health behaviors. LAW 7617 | 3 credits
Introduces the history and current status of information systems in healthcare: information architectures, administrative and clinical applications, evidence-based medicine, information retrieval, decision support systems, security and confidentiality, bioinformatics, information system cycles, the electronic health record, key health information systems and standards, and medical devices. HINF 5101 | 3 credits
Focuses on the conceptual and methodological foundations for evaluating the quality of care of healthcare providers—both individual providers and healthcare organizations. Aimed at students pursuing careers in public health, public policy, healthcare management, and the various health professions in the growing field of quality evaluation and improvement. Also designed to give healthcare providers an appreciation for how they may be evaluated. Examines scientific issues in the measurement of quality of care as well as key quality evaluation methods. Also covers the use of risk adjustment and other methodologies for comparing the quality of healthcare providers. Focuses on mechanisms that assess quality, including licensure, accreditation, and board certification. PHTH 5232 | 3 credits
Examines concepts and topics related to the design and management of supply chain operations in the healthcare sector. Focuses on activities and functions such as inventory control, order fulfillment, logistics, procurement, managing processes, relationship management, and information technology systems. Introduces various tools and techniques that enhance effective supply chain operations in healthcare organizations. SCHM 6223 | 3 credits