The Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Policy and Management (CRHS) is designed for working professionals who would like to expand their knowledge and further their education in health systems policy and management without pursuing a full graduate degree in healthcare administration.  It is a flexible, 100% online, 12-semester hour program, provided in an accelerated 8-week format.

All courses will transfer into the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program should you choose to continue on towards the MSHA graduate degree.

Curriculum

Required Courses
HPHA 5306 Healthcare Delivery System
HPHA 5310 Health Law & Ethics
HPHA 5312 Strategic Planning & Marketing in Healthcare
HPHA 5313 Healthcare Economics & Policy

Course Descriptions
HPHA 5306 Healthcare Delivery System This course provides an introduction to healthcare services, offering students an overview of the U.S. healthcare delivery system and the important components of the system. The course will examine the healthcare delivery system broadly and explore contemporary issues affecting the institutions that provide healthcare and are designed to protect the health of the American public. The course will cover the historical development of the U.S. healthcare system, the changing roles of healthcare providers, major health programs, determinants of health, disparities in health, and healthcare finance. The goal of the course is to provide students with the necessary skills to be effective participants in efforts to improve the U.S. healthcare system.

HPHA 5310 Health Law & Ethics This course provides an overview of legal, regulatory, and ethical issues in healthcare.  Topics include patient consent, privacy, confidentiality, torts, contract law, corporate liability, malpractice, antitrust, fraud and abuse, and key federal regulations.  Students will analyze and discuss legal and ethical considerations in providing health services and learn to apply these considerations in decision making as a healthcare administrator.

HPHA 5312 Strategic Planning & Marketing in Healthcare The purpose of this class is to integrate key aspects of strategic planning and marketing in healthcare. The class examines strategic planning techniques, concepts, and practices, as well as leadership responsibilities regarding the creation of mission, vision, goals, and objective statements. The course integrates marketing with strategic planning such that the key elements of marketing and the complementary roles of public relations, advertising, and sales are captured in the organizational analysis.

HPHA 5313 Healthcare Economics & Policy This course introduces the concepts of economic theory and analysis within the health services industry, focusing on healthcare consumption, supply and demand,  healthcare resource allocation, and the impact of health policy on the delivery of healthcare in the U.S.

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