Certificate in Health Care Administration

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After earning the 12 credit, online graduate certificate in Health Care Administration you will be able to effectively manage people and processes, initiate strategic enhancements, ensure required policies are applied to administration, apply principles of economics to manage finances and develop insight into managing information systems in a health care organization.

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What You’ll Gain from the Certificate Program

Upon completion of this certificate program, you will have further developed your expertise and experience in the following critical areas of health care administration:

  1. Manage people and processes in health care organizations
    Assess, develop and apply your management and leadership style in real-world scenarios.  Through a mix of case studies, assessments, examinations, and application you will be challenged to evaluate and respond to various situations and issues experienced by health care organizations. An emphasis will be placed on producing effective solutions in alignment with legal, ethical, and compliance standards and an awareness of the financial impact on the organization.
  2. Drive strategy and improvement in health care organizations
    Leverage your leadership skills and knowledge of policies, economics, finance, systems, and organizations to develop and implement strategic enhancements in your health care organization.  
  3. Ensure required policies are applied to health care administration
    Examine the government’s responsibility to respect the interests, promote and protect the health and welfare, and uphold the rights of the public. Explore health care policy, applications of health care law and ethics, as well as management ideas, theories, and case studies.
  4. Apply principles of economics to manage finances in health care organizations.
    Develop and apply practical skills necessary to understand and effectively leverage financial and insurance information in a health care setting. Prepare budgets, calculate reimbursement, and use metrics to understand and quantify heath care staffing / personnel expenses. Utilize established profitability measures to evaluate the effectiveness of specific investments and their value to your organization.
  5. Develop insight into managing information systems in health care organizations
    Through your course work, case studies and projects you will be exposed to, and gain a high level understanding of various information systems utilized in health care organizations.  If you choose to take the Information Systems in Health Care Administration elective, you will gain additional knowledge related to Electronic Health Record (EHR) needs, Health Insurance Portable and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements, health care data standards, and associated clinical information systems.  Additionally, you will study how core competencies of health care informatics can be developed and applied to real-world situations. 

Benefits of a Graduate Certificate with Etown:

  • Use as a stand-alone option to gain focused knowledge in an area of professional importance in order to further your career and enhance your resume
  • Use as a preliminary step in starting a master's degree program. Eligible credits taken as part of a graduate certificate in Health Care Administration may be considered towards an  MBA  or a  M.S. in Strategic Leadership
  • Certificates can be completed at a quick pace – the four classes (12 credits) can be finished in as little as two semesters.
  • Classes are offered 100% online so it can easily fit into your busy lifestyle!

Admissions Criteria

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  2. Official college transcripts
  3. Be at least age 25
  4. A minimum of 3 years of professional leadership/management experience
  5. Time to devote to your coursework; in an accelerated program, time spent outside of class is considerable.

The first step is to meet with an admissions counselor who will explain the program and its format, and answer any questions you may have.  

  • Recommended application filing date:  Space for this new certificate program is limited.  To reserve your spot for the fall courses, please have application materials completed and submitted no later than August 1, 2017.  Applications received after August 1 will be reviewed but space cannot be guaranteed. 

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Courses (12 credits)

Core Courses (9 credits):

MHA 510: Leadership and Management in Health Care (3 credits)
This course examines the major leadership and management approaches in public and private health care agencies. The course will focus on management principles in the American health care delivery system, including the roles of patients, third party insurance payers, and health care professionals. The course presents contemporary thinking about leadership and management skills, competencies, and how management “gets it done” in health care organizations. This course will also explore both the structure and functions of health care organizations. How governance, administration, and professional components interface to provide proper health care to society will be examined. The course will similarly explore health care leadership approaches to evaluate a student’s leadership skill set. In addition, students will apply management skills and techniques to case studies and real-life situations involving health care administration. Students will showcase critical thinking skills with support from outside references, in addition to the assigned reading, in order to better understand health care leadership and management.

MHA 573: Health Care Policy: Ethics, Compliance, and Legal Issues (3 credits)
This course addresses the government’s responsibility to respect the interests, promote and protect the health and welfare, and uphold the rights of the public. Students will explore health care policy, applications of health care law and ethics, and management ideas, theories, and case studies.

MHA 580: Health Care Finance and Decision Making (3 credits)
This course will provide the practical skills necessary for health care managers to understand and effectively use financial information in a health care setting. The course will cover health insurance and health care related internal and external financial reports and data to ensure a working understanding of the most critical information needed by a health care finance professional. Learners will develop the skills to prepare budgets, calculate reimbursement and use metrics to understand and quantify health care staffing / personnel expenses. In addition, learners will utilize established profitability measures to evaluate the efficacy of specific investments and their value to the organization.

Choice of One Elective Courses (3 credits):

MHA 550: Health Informatics   (3 credits)
This course will offer a broad overview of major information system methodologies and approaches in the delivery and administration of modern health care systems. The development and use of decision support systems and Internet-based applications in the context of Electronic Health Record (EHR) needs, Health Insurance Portable and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements, health care data standards, and associated clinical information systems will be examined. Students will also study how core competencies of health care informatics can be developed and applied to real-world situations.

MHA 570: Human Resource Administration in Health Care Organizations (3 credits)
This course examines human resource management functions, processes and systems within organizations including recruitment, selection, training of personnel and the legal and regulatory environment affecting human resource management operations in health care organizations. Managing and developing human resources within and between systems/organizations is also studied. Organizational performance and creativity are examined as critical factors in adapting to the quickly-changing business of health care.

 

Interested in learning more?

Our Admissions Coordinators would be happy to set up an appointment to meet with you to discuss our program more in depth and also evaluate your previous college credits.