Health Systems Policy and Management | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

The Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Policy and Management (CRHS) is available 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.

Courses that meet the academic requirements are eligible to transfer into the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program should you choose to continue on towards the MSHA graduate degree.


Required Courses

  • HPHC 5310 Health Law & Ethics
  • HPHC 5312 Strategic Planning & Marketing in Healthcare
  • HPHC 5313 Healthcare Economics & Policy

Elective Courses (must complete one of the following)

  • HPHC 5306 Healthcare Delivery System
  • HPHC 5321 Healthcare Operations & Supply Chain Management

Course Descriptions

HPHC 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.

HPHC 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.

HPHC 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.

HPHC 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.

HPHC 5321 Healthcare Operations & Supply Chain Management This course examines operational issues in healthcare management. Healthcare operations topics include systems analysis, forecasting, facility location and design models, decision analysis techniques, inventory control, CQI and statistical quality control. The course also integrates key components of supply chain management, including strategic sourcing and purchasing, acquisition, logistics, inventory management, and point of use applications, providing understanding, knowledge and evaluation models to operate and manage an organization’s enterprise resource planning and management system.