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Health Care Management Certificate – Online

Health Care Management directly affects the quality of care available to a community. From assessing the service needs of the local population to managing workforce and supply chain challenges to compliance with legal and ethical requirements, modern health care needs skilled managers and administrators. These skills can help provide strategic leadership initiatives to successfully position health care organizations for future success. Cedar Crest’s Health Care Management certificate focuses learners on the process of implementing and assuring effective and efficient quality health care practices.    

The 12-credit, fully online graduate certificate in Health Care Management is designed for the busy working adult who wants to make a career change or advance in their current field. The certificate can be completed in one to two years. Graduates of the program will be equipped with the skills needed to take an analytical approach to increasing organizational effectiveness for health care delivery and to meet contemporary ethics standards. With this unique skill set, students can pursue new or transitioning careers such as Facility Manager or Staff Administrator where their role serves to provide managerial, leadership, budgeting and operational direction to assure delivery of quality health care outcomes.

This business certificate can be completed as a stand-alone credential or in combination with select other Cedar Crest graduate certificates to complete the innovative online Modular Master of Science degree.

Learn more about the Modular Master’s degree here.

The goal of the certificate program is to provide students with the ability to:

  • Create strategies for health care organizations to successfully assess population health and enhance quality outcomes by leveraging appropriate processes and policies. 
  • Assess operational requirements for health care organizations, such as budgeting, scheduling, quality control, supply logistics, legal compliance and working with vulnerable populations.
  • Leverage budgeting and financial decision-making techniques, including allocation of financial resources, understanding the revenue cycle and interpretation of financial statements.
  • Develop strategies for organizational redesign, including staffing budgets, outsourcing, job design and strategic resource pools.  
  • Develop strategies for continued organizational compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, as well as positive organizational ethics.
Population Health and Quality Indicators – 3 credits

Assessing the overall health of a population is key to developing organizational strategies for the delivery of health care services. At a baseline, determinants such as individual and group behavior, the social and physical environments and population genetics can help shape policies and strategies for organizations working to improve outcomes. Specific assessments of outcomes such as quality of life and mortality may exhibit population disparity that can be addressed to improve processes and outcomes. Focus on quality indicators such as effectiveness, safety, and responsiveness in the context of evidence-based practice can lead to not only enhanced outcomes, but improved organization reputation and enhanced receptiveness of the community to appropriate care.

Health Care Management and Logistics – 3 credits

An in-depth look at health care delivery systems with an emphasis on administrative and management functions, terminology, accreditation, human resources management, medical staff relationships, an environment of care, marketing and the many operational aspects of health care management. Special emphasis is given to the topics of information systems, access to care, financing health care in other countries, continuous improvement, marketing and strategic governance. The course is co-sat with BUA 258; graduate students complete additional work in logistics. 

Health Care Finance and Administration – 3 credits

This course will introduce the student to the major areas of financial decision making in health care. The course will review the different types of reimbursement from the government and private insurers for hospitals, outpatient facilities, home health care and skilled nursing facilities. Resource allocation methods and control of financial resources and the interpretation and utilization of financial statements will be discussed. The course will highlight financial strategic planning concepts, managed care, capital budgeting and financial/operating benchmarks necessary for work in today’s health care organizations. The course is co-sat with BUA 340; graduate students complete additional work in administration.

Health Care Compliance, Strategy, and Ethics – 3 credits

Managers in the health care field must operate from a compliance core of current laws and regulations as the baseline for an ethical and legal organization. Strategic environmental analysis can better position an organization to not only survive but ethically succeed — despite public health challenges and even resistance. Once a strategic position is established, organizations can be designed and staffed to meet the needs of the current moment while developing resource capacity to act decisively and ethically in the face of emerging situations. This course will provide students with a complete strategic picture of health care management, from environment analysis through appropriate organizational development to developing positive ethical organization cultures.