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Executive Certificate in Health Administration: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

15 total credits required

With the Certificate in Health Administration, you’ll gain core tools, methods and strategies needed to meet today’s fast-growing healthcare administration demands in just 10 months.

The program consists of five courses — three core courses and two electives — from the CAHME-accredited Master in Health Administration (MHA) program.

You can also choose to put your credits from this certificate toward the full MHA program to continue your educational journey.

Required Courses


Designed to increase analytical and decision-making skills using finance theories, principles, concepts, and techniques important to health management. This course integrates and applies financial management concepts and techniques relevant to health care settings. Topics include: analysis of cost and budgetary controls, interpretation and utilization of accounting reports and statements, operating accounting measurements, quantitative techniques, analysis of financial statements, financial decision-making models, auditing, capital investments, strategic financial management, working capital management, and budgeting.

This required graduate course studies managerial epidemiology, access to care, health services, health providers, workforce, technology, financing, insurance, health policy, health planning, quality, and the evolution and structure of the U.S. health care system. Conceptual foundations come from systems theory, epidemiology, sociology, political science, and economics.

Advanced Electives


Operating and administrative issues and problems in health and hospital systems with emphasis given to hospital operation, organization, and administration. The future role of acute care is examined in the context of integrated delivery models and systems.

Examines factors influencing physician practices and the quality of physician services. Topics include operating and administrative issues, compensation, staffing, billing, collections, reimbursement mechanisms, and governance. The course also examines PHOs, HMOs, SDOs, MSOs, and other integrated delivery networks, organizations, and systems affecting physicians.

Operation and administration of long term care facilities. Differences between acute and long term levels of care, types of long-term care facilities, and special concerns of the long-term-care resident. Emerging models of care are discussed in addition to traditional management functions in the industry.

This course provides an introduction to global healthcare services and systems. Provides a foundation for comparing and analyzing cultural, historical, geographic, environmental, economic and political factors that influence health. Examines determinants of health and illness, health status, public health, health policy and global healthcare management.

A health administration elective course focusing on the development, integration and application of knowledge, reviewing request for proposal requirements, work plans and evaluation plans, concepts in formatting, grant writing principles, methods, techniques, competencies, and developing a rationale needs statement, draft proposal, budget, and final proposal to secure a competitive grant.

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