Online Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management Micro-Credential


Be equipped to address modern health challenges

In today's changing and uncertain healthcare environment, your decisions can affect much more than the bottom line - they can also impact entire communities. That's why organizations are increasingly looking for new ways to ensure that they're making the best choices using available information on common health concerns, as well as emerging global issues like COVID-19.

With an online micro-credential in Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management from Duquesne University, you can prepare to take a leading role in driving organizational strategy and implementing new processes through the effective use of data.

  • Study 100% online
  • 3 start dates per year
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Earn credits that can be applied to your Master of Health Administration
  • Develop skills that are covered on the Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) exam

What is a micro-credential?

In today's competitive marketplace, you're expected to continuously seek new learning opportunities to develop your skills. One way to show your commitment to professional growth is by earning a micro-credential, which is a certification indicating demonstrated competency or mastery in a specific area.

A key benefit of a micro-credential is that it can help you evolve in your career and enhance your value in the workforce without requiring you to fully commit to an advanced degree program.

Students in our Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management micro-credential program receive the same expert instruction as those in our Master of Health Administration (MHA) and take courses that are included in the MHA curriculum. And if you decide to pursue your master's later, you can apply your micro-credential credits toward the degree.


Why earn a Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management Micro-Credential?

This 12-credit program is designed for aspiring leaders or those already in management positions who want to enhance their ability to utilize systems and processes to uncover, mitigate, and prevent risks in healthcare organizations. Coursework can help you:

  • Gain knowledge of legal and ethical issues inherent in healthcare delivery and administration
  • Become familiar with federal and state laws and regulations related to heallthcare entity operations
  • Learn about the healthcare litigation process, including the filing of complaints and responses
  • Develop and implement an effective compliance program
  • Prepare for employment and enhance current acumen across virtually all healthcare provider organizations

The smart choice - an online micro-credential in Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management

  • Study at a research-based institution. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies Duquesne as a "Doctoral University: High Research Activity."
  • Flexible online program. Complete coursework from anywhere, on your schedule.
  • Learn from respected leaders in the field. Our faculty are internationally known and actively practice in the healthcare community.
  • Graduate from a top-ranked institution. Study at a university ranked among "America's Best Colleges" and "Best Value Schools" by U.S. News & World Report.

Why choose Duquesne for your online micro‑credential?

This program is offered through Duquesne's John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences (RSHS), one of the largest health sciences schools in the country. Our nationally recognized programs are led by internationally renowned faculty who actively practice in the healthcare community.

The courses you will be taking are also included as part of our Master of Health Administration program, and credits earned from this micro-credential can later be applied toward the full degree.


Online Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management Micro‑Credential Curriculum

12 Credit Hours | 4 Courses

HADM 520 - Healthcare Law and Ethics - 3 Credits

This course is aimed to introduce practical knowledge of legal and ethical issues inherent in healthcare delivery and administration. Topics will include the U.S. legal system, legal and regulatory ground of managing healthcare organizations, the basic of ethical theory and analysis, issues regarding informed consent to and refusal of treatment, the use and disclosure of health information, fraud and abuse.

HADM 547 - Medical and Regulatory Compliance - 3 Credits

This course explores how healthcare laws and regulations serve as a framework for healthcare compliance in various healthcare settings. Students will become familiar with federal and state laws and regulations relating to healthcare entity operations, including those related to billing, fraud and abuse, antitrust and information security. Further, students will understand the roles and responsibilities of the healthcare compliance officer and learn how to develop and implement an effective compliance program. Finally, students will draft a business memo, further applying analytic writing skills to legal and compliance issues in the health care system.

HADM 550 - Healthcare Litigation and Risk - 3 Credits

This multi-faceted course will first provide a comprehensive introduction to the healthcare litigation process, including the filing of the complaint, responding to the complaint, discovery, trial, appeal, and collection. The role of professional liability insurance is explored. This course also introduces students to the basic concepts of risk management, employment practices, and general risk management strategies. Specific risk areas, including medical malpractice, strategies to reduce liability, managing positions, and litigation alternatives are addressed.

HADM 555 - Case Studies in Healthcare Corporate Compliance and Risk Management - 3 Credits

This course is designed as a culminating experience for students, requiring that they apply the principles, laws, regulations, and skills learned throughout the program. Utilizing a case study approach, students will investigate and analyze compliance and risk management issues and test their diagnostic and remediation skills in applying this knowledge to real-world situations via both team-based and individual projects.


Where can you apply the skills you learn in this program?

Healthcare organizations are increasingly relying on compliance and risk management professionals to make better-informed decisions. This program can help you develop skills that are relevant across a wide range of healthcare settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare systems
  • The insurance industry
  • Medical group practices
  • Skilled nursing and long-term care facilities
  • Consulting firms

Duquesne is consistently recognized for academic excellence:

Online Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management Micro‑Credential Admissions

Admission Prerequisites

To qualify for the online Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management micro-credential program, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Earn a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited university*
  • Achieve a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0

Admission Requirements

In addition to official transcripts, you must provide the following:

*Graduates of foreign institutions will need to have their degrees evaluated by an educational evaluation agency to determine equivalency.