Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership in Health Care Management

Health care practitioners and professionals interested in gaining expertise in Health Care Administration, Operations Management and related areas can earn a 15-credit graduate certificate in Executive Leaderhip in Health Care Management.

Successful completion of the certificate will provide students the tools to be an effective innovator and leader in the health care industry, with the abilty to increase efficiency and communication in any health care system.

Admission Requirements
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited, four-year college or university
  • A minimum cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.75
  • Comprehensive essay describing the reason for pursuing this course of study and professional goals
  • Sufficient computer literacy in areas such as Word, Excel, Access, etc.

Instructions on the application process can be found on our Graduate Admissions Process page.

Requirements for Completion

A minimum of 15 credits is required for certification. A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 for all certificate courses is required. The certificate program can be completed in as little as a year, but can be extended if required.

With successful completion of the certificate, all 15 credits may be applied towards the completion of the Master of Health Management Systems program.

Course of Study

The certificate consists of 6 credits of required core coursework, and students may choose 9 credits of elective courses from the list below:

Core Courses (6 credits)

HLTM 550 Introduction to Health Information Management

This course introduces the students to the health information management profession. Processes, roles, and the critical component that e-HIM and health information managers play across the continuum of care are discussed.

HLTM 582 Intro to Health Care Finance

This course is designed to introduce students to the topics of finance and accounting that healthcare managers encounter in healthcare systems. It will present students with the concepts and techniques of financial analysis and the decision making processes found commonly in healthcare, distinguishing between financial management and accounting. The emphasis will be on understanding and interpreting financial statements from a management perspective.

Elective Courses (choose 9 credits from the following)

HLTM ____ Health Policy

This course introduces the student to current major issues in health policy. This course discusses the politics of health policy in terms of legislation at both the state and federal level. Key forces such as power development, special interest groups, economics and cost benefit analysis are discussed. Major policy issues that are reviewed include managed care, public health, Medicare and Medicaid, technology assessment, and population-based medicine. (BORROWED FROM KING'S)

STAT 510 Applied Statistics

In this course, students will learn how to apply statistical methods of inference, produce and interpret statistics that attempt to answer typical business questions, and use probability theory and statistical methods to draw conclusions. Students are required to arrive having a working understanding of basic probability and statistics up through and including hypothesis testing. This course places heavy emphasis on the application of statistical techniques to business problems and the interpretation of results for a non-technical audience

HLTM ____ Managerial Epidemiology

This course is an in-depth study of the distribution and determinants of health, disease, and disability in human populations. Specific topics include: descriptive and analytical epidemiology, community assessment, and study design. Case studies that involve all of the tools of epidemiology are utilized. The student becomes aware of the uses of epidemiology in population-based medicine and managerial decision-making. (BORROWED FROM KING'S)

PLCR 541 Health Care Ethics & Public Policy

This course considers moral theory, critical thinking as the basis for ethical reasoning, the relationship between healthcare professionals and patients, abortion and maternal-fetal conflicts, genetic engineering, reproductive technologies and closing, human and animal experimentation, organ transplantation, euthanasia and end of life decisions, HIV and AIDS, and challenges in healthcare policy and reform. The course also looks at how our public policies affect and should affect our struggle for equitable practices in healthcare. Case studies, memoirs, and documentaries supplement the introductory text.

HLTM ____ Health Care Marketing

This course provides a survey of marketing concepts as applied to health services organizations. An examination of marketing strategies useful in the delivery of health care services is provided to students. Special attention will be focused on market research, pricing, targeting a market, new product development, innovation, and the development of a marketing plan. (BORROWED FROM KING'S)

HLTM ____ Strategic Management in Health Care

This course will examine strategic planning processes and issues with an emphasis on environmental scanning, competitive analysis, strategic decision making, plan making and implementation in health care settings. Additional topics include ethical concerns in plan development and implementation with especial emphasis on social justice and managing the dual tracks of strategic and operational planning. (BORROWED FROM KING'S)

HLTM 540W Health Information Management Policy

This course provides the student with an in-depth understanding of the policy making processes within the informatics/information management realms. Various ideologies, frameworks, data sources, data collection, and research methodologies will be explored. The analysis, formulation, implementation, and evaluation steps will be discussed in concert with specific informatics issues.