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Certificate in Healthcare Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is designed to serve as an enhancement to a previously earned undergraduate or graduate degree—especially a BBA or MBA. It is intended to meet the educational needs of individuals currently serving in managerial positions within a variety of health services organizations as well as those who desire to serve in such positions. Eighteen hours in health administration coursework, as detailed below, are required for this certificate. Completion of the certificate will provide individuals with the essential knowledge, skills and abilities required of entry to mid-level health services administrators.

12 hours of required courses:

HADM 6305
Healthcare Finance I
Course Description

The overall focus of this course is to better understand the role of financial management in the delivery of healthcare, to better manage financial information, and to make smarter financial decisions. This course is designed to expose students to the field of financial and managerial accounting and financial management in healthcare organizations. Emphasis is placed on the skills and competencies necessary for effective health services financial management and accounting as well as the functions performed by, and roles required of, middle level managers. The course will cover the basic principles, concepts, and methods used in the generation of accounting data for financial statement preparation and interpretation; asset, liability, and owner’s equity valuation and their relationship to income determination; using accounting information in organizations for planning, leading, controlling and decision-making; volume-cost-profit analysis, budgeting and cost/revenue variance analysis and decision-making; cost management, apportioning methods and break even analysis.

HADM 6330
Legal Ethical Issues in Healthcare (Health Law)
Course Description

This course addresses risk management and legal issues pertaining to health services as they relate to providers and consumers within the health care system. It also provides an examination of managerial and clinical ethics as they relate to the provision of health services.

HADM 6340
Quality and Continuous Improvement in Healthcare Organizations
Course Description

The purpose of this course is to guide and facilitate the development of the attitudes, practices and skills necessary for effective continuous improvement within healthcare organizations. After completion of the course students should understand the role and responsibilities of health care managers as they relate to quality, patient safety and continuous improvement and be able to apply the principles and tools of continuous improvement as they pertain to the delivery of healthcare. Specifically, students should be able to analyze and improve organizational processes that impact patient care using the principles and tools of patient-centered continuous improvement.

HADM 6360
Managing Healthcare Organizations
Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide the student an understanding of management principles for the purpose of achieving health services organizational goals and objectives. Emphasis is placed on the skills and competencies necessary for effective health services management as well as the functions performed by, and roles required of, middle-level managers. Critical skills, competencies and roles covered in the course include those related to motivation, leadership, conflict management, negotiation, problem solving, power and influence, communication, coordination and support service management. Course topics are discussed and explored within the context of key organizational dimensions including environment, structure, process, human resources, performance and adaptability.

Graduate Certificate Admissions Requirements

With the approval of the appropriate College/School Dean, certificates may be presented to students in recognition of their attendance at special not-for-credit seminars or continuing educational professional development and in recognition of their earning credit hours in UIW courses offered in a particular field or fields. The reception/awarding of a certificate will not appear on the transcript, even when the certificate attests to earning credit hours for UIW courses. When appropriate, for-credit courses taken to earn a certificate may be considered as fulfilling the requirements of a degree program only if the student applies to, meets admission requirements of, and is accepted into the program.

All students taking graduate courses and seeking a certificate must apply for admission to the University’s Graduate School and provide evidence of an earned Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better. Official transcripts from each college and university previously attended must be mailed directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office. Students may have to meet additional requirements set by the school or college from which the certificate is being issued.