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Top 20 Certification Programs in Healthcare Management

By Kristen Fescoe
Published November, 2015

The healthcare industry continues to see more growth than any other in the United States. This growth stems from a number of accelerators, including the retirement of the Baby Boom generation, an increase to the life expectancy and changes such as healthcare reform. With this growth and change comes and increased need for highly skilled business professionals who can manage the financial, professional and management aspects of running a healthcare facility. These highly skilled and highly trained management professionals are responsible for a number of areas such as finance, information technology, security, insurance, operations and many others. There are a number of degree options for those interested in this growing field. For those individuals who have received a traditional business degree, further education covering the many nuances of the healthcare industry is important for those looking to become healthcare managers and leaders. Instead of pursuing a second management or business degree, business professionals have the option of pursuing a Health Care Management Certification program to become more qualified for these positions. This is a type of program that can be completed in a more flexible format, typically online, on weekends or in the evening. The curriculum is offered in an accelerated format so students complete only the courses that are fundamental to their healthcare education. By earning a certification in healthcare management, graduates can enter a career field with an excellent starting salary, exponential growth opportunities and the ability to help others.

Ranking Methodology

The goal of this ranking list is to outline the top 20 Certification Programs offering a degree in the growing field of healthcare management. The system controlling how points are awarded is as follows:

Program Flexibility

One of the strengths of a certificate program is program flexibility. Programs that offer students the ability to complete coursework online are often a better fit for busy working professionals. Schools offering the most flexibility to interested students are given higher consideration.

Points:
Schools offering fully online degree options = 2 points
Schools offering hybrid (online and on campus format) degree options = 1 point

Cost of Attendance

Another being carefully considered is the overall annual cost of attendance. Schools offering respected certificate program options, while also keeping student costs low are given higher consideration. The data used for comparison was a combination of school provided program cost and the annual graduate cost of attendance as provided by the National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator tool.

Points:
$15,000 or less / $15,001 – $18,000/ $18,001 -$20,000:
3 Points / 2 Points / 1 Point

College Ranking

The next consideration was whether or not a school has been granted acknowledgement by a national ranking body. The major source of such national notoriety comes from the US News and World Report Best Graduate Health Care Management Program, US News Best Business School Ranking, US News Best College Ranking.

Points:
US News and World Report Best Graduate Health Care Management Degree Ranking:
Top 10 / Top 25 / Top 50
3 Point / 2 Points / 1 Point

US News and World Report Best National or Regional Ranking:
Top 25 / Top 50 / Top 100 / Top 150
5 Points / 3 Points / 2 Points / 1 Point

US News and World Report Top Public School, Best Value School or Top Business School:
Top 10 / Top 25 / Top 50
3 Points / 2 Points / 1 Point

Accreditation

In order to be included in this ranking list an appropriate ranking body must regionally accredit each college or university. Those schools that have received additional accreditation are given an edge over schools without the stamp of accreditation.

Points:
Each Accreditation: 1 Point

Grading Process

Once the points have been tallied the schools are arranged into groups by the amount of points they have earned. In the cases of ties, preference was given to those schools that have a shorter completion time followed by lowest tuition rates. The main purpose of this list is to highlight the top 20 schools offering a certification in healthcare management. Specializations, awards and achievements earned by the school or department have also been noted.

Ranking Top 20 Certification Programs in Healthcare Management

#20 – Seton Hall University – South Orange, New Jersey

Seton Hall University Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 5

The School of Health and Medical Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration

Program Website

The School of Health and Medical Sciences was originally founded as the School of Graduate Medical Education in 1987, and is now a professional school within Seton Hall University. The school supports a fully online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration. This is a non-matriculating program designed for professionals who are interested in a career in healthcare administration and already possess a graduate degree. These are often individuals who need to develop specific healthcare management skills, or who would like to enroll in a selected set of graduate healthcare administration courses. Courses completed through this certificate program can later be applied to the Master of Healthcare Administration degree program, if desired. The online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is earned by completing three required courses, two elective online courses and one independent study (minimum of 15 credits).

Average Cost of Attendance: $20,428 annual graduate attendance
Average Length of Program: 1-3 years
Program Format: Fully Online
US News and World Report Ranking:
#123 National University
#52 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)

#19 – University of Miami – Miami, Florida

University of Miami Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 6

The Vision of Continuing and International Education

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management

Program Website

The Division of Continuing and International Education at the University of Miami confers the Healthcare Management Certificate Program. The program is designed specifically for professionals employed in hospitals, medical offices, nursing agencies, nursing homes, Managed Care Organizations (MCO’s), and medical and diagnostic centers. The curriculum provides students with the skills and problem solving capability to possess a stronger knowledge base of the healthcare industry. All students are given training in the administration of healthcare services. The courses that make up this program include:

  • Healthcare Administration Introduction
  • Healthcare Law and Ethics
  • Operations Management and Service Quality
  • Healthcare Finance and Contractual Operations
  • Managing People and Developing Strategies
  • Strategic Planning
  • Healthcare Trends
  • Risk Management Essentials in Healthcare

Average Cost of Attendance: $33,152 annual graduate attendance
Average Length of Program: 1-2 years
Program Format: Hybrid Format
US News and World Report Ranking:
#51 National University
#79 Best Graduate Business School
#33 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#18 – University of North Carolina – Charlotte, North Carolina

UNC Charlotte Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 6

The Graduate School

Health Informatics Graduate Certificate

Program Website

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics is supported jointly buy the UNC Charlotte College of Computing and Informatics, College of Health and Human Services and the Graduate School. This collaboration stemmed from the creation of a groundbreaking curriculum designed to prepare students to address the needs facing the healthcare industry. The goal of the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics is to offer students a foundational group of skills and core competencies in the management of health and medical information and its secure exchange between consumers and providers. The programs philosophy involve the following important departmental goals:

  • Improving healthcare quality
  • Preventing medical errors
  • Reducing healthcare costs
  • Decreasing administrative inefficiencies
  • Decreasing paperwork
  • Expanding access to affordable care

The certificate requires completion of fifteen graduate credit hours and may be pursued concurrently with a related graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte. Students have the opportunity to apply the 15 graduate credit hours earned in the HIT Certificate towards the requirements for the Professional Science Master’s degree in Health Informatics.

Average Cost of Attendance: $6,763 annual graduate attendance
Average Length of Program: 1-3 Years
Program Format: On Campus
US News and World Report Ranking:
#194 National University
#111 Top Public School
#33 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#17 – George Mason University – Fairfax, Virginia

George Mason University Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 8

The College of Health and Human Services

Graduate Certificate in Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management in Health Care Systems

Program Website

The College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University supports a nationally recognized graduate certificate – the Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management in Health Care Systems Certificate. This program is offered largely on campus in a flexible format with some courses available online. It is a 15- to 18-credit certificate program designed to train current clinicians and administrative support staff in health care organizations. Students in the program are taught to integrate valuable improvement initiatives while managing patient populations to increase efficiency and effectiveness in patient care and support. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics including statistical process control, selected tools from operations research and quality improvement, information management technology, and qualitative decision-making applications to ultimately improve health service outcomes. This graduate certificate program is ideal for motivated individuals with a desire to work towards ongoing quality improvement goals and apply scientifically based outcomes management in the health industry. Students enrolling in the program include organizational leaders, managers, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health information technologists and other healthcare professionals.

Average Cost of Attendance: $12,614 annual graduate attendance
Average Length of Program: 1-3 years
Program Format: Hybrid Format
US News and World Report Ranking:
#135 National University
#68 Top Public School
#33 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#16 – University of Colorado – Denver, Colorado

University of Colorado Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 9

The College of Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems

Program Website

The College of Nursing at UC-Denver is home to the Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems Certificate. As the field of nursing administration becomes more specialized and more in demand, certificates such as this are giving nurses the skills they need to succeed. The certificate is commonly referred to as i-LEAD (Innovation in LEadership and ADministration in Nursing and Health Care Systems) and provides highly motivated nurses with the skills they will need to advance their careers with important competencies to become efficient leaders and managers in a variety of health care settings. Students gain skills and knowledge in cultural competence, informatics, and evidence-based practice, which lead to the ability to excel in today’s complex and changing health care system. The 15-17-credit iLEAD Certificate Program consists of five required courses, each three-semester credit hours, and an optional two-credit internship. This certificate may be completed in one to two years. Courses are available as stand-alone courses to non-degree students and current CU degree students with program permission, however some are sequential and cannot be taken out of order.

Average Cost of Attendance: $7,816 total program cost
Average Length of Program: 1-2 years
Program Format: Fully Online
US News and World Report Ranking:
#199 National University
#116 Top Public School
#17 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#15 – New York University – New York, New York

New York University Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 10

The Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

The Advanced Professional Certificate in Health Policy Analysis
The Advanced Professional Certificate in Health Finance

Program Website

The Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU offers two certificate options for students in the healthcare management field.

The Advanced Professional Certificate in Health Policy Analysis

NYU Wagner’s Health Policy and Management program has is continuously ranked among the best in the country of its kind. Drawing from the School of Public Service, the program brings students a graduate-level certificate that offers analytical skills to be used in professions within health policy. This certificate helps students learn to evaluate programs and policies, conduct high-level statistical analysis, and explore current issues in health policy. The curriculum provides the opportunity for students to hone their quantitative analysis skills through a set of statistics and evaluation courses that must be taken in sequence. Students must complete 15 credits to obtain this Certificate (courses are 3 credits unless noted).

The Advanced Professional Certificate in Health Finance

This graduate-level certificate provides the knowledge and skills for financial managers in healthcare organizations. This certificate allows graduates to complete financial analyses, understand issues of budgeting, cost determination, pricing and rate setting in a healthcare environment. It also offers a solid understanding of the economic principles in the context of the field of health care. Students must complete 15 credits to obtain this Certificate (courses are 3 credits unless noted).

Average Cost of Attendance: $20,668 total program cost
Average Length of Program: 1-3 years
Program Format: Hybrid Format
US News and World Report Ranking:
#32 National University
#11 Best Graduate Business School
#17 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#14 – George Washington University – Washington, D.C.

George Washington University Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 10

The College of Professional Studies

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Corporate Compliance

Program Website

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance is offered by the College of Professional Studies and the Milken Institute School of Public Health in partnership with the law firm of Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidel LLP. The program is designed for working professionals in a flexible hybrid-learning format. The 12-credit Graduate Certificate provides students with a robust, comprehensive view of healthcare corporate compliance. The program is ideal for current or aspiring corporate compliance officers. The course of study is completed in just over seven months, and is divided into three segments:

  1. Five-day In-classroom Residency at GW’s Graduate Education Center in Alexandria, Virginia (3 credits)
  2. Six-month Online Distance Learning segment (6 credits)
  3. Three-day Capstone Residency back in Alexandria (3 credits)

Credits earned through the Graduate Certificate program may be applied toward the in-person or online Master of Public Health Degree in Health Policy, the MHSA in Health Services Management & Leadership (HSML) and the MS in Health Policy for those students who meet the applicable admission criteria. Credits may also be applied to the GW Master of Professional Studies in Paralegal Studies with a concentration in Healthcare Corporate Compliance.

Average Cost of Attendance: $13,690 total program cost
Average Length of Program: 6 months – 1 year
Program Format: Hybrid Format
US News and World Report Ranking:
#57 National University
#58 Best Graduate Business School
#16 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#13 – Xavier University – Cincinatti, Ohio

Xavier University Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 10

The Department of Health Services Administration

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management

Program Website

Xavier University offers a Certificate in Health Care Management to provide students with the opportunity to learn or increase their health care management skills. The 15-18 credit hour program allows students to benefit from the robust graduate-level program the serves as a stepping-stone into both personal and career development. Students wishing to enter the certificate program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Students must also be working as a line or middle manager currently employed at a health care organization and must have a minimum of two years work experience. The certificate consists of four core courses and one or two electives taken on a part-time basis (usually two courses per semester for three semesters). Courses include:

  • Managerial Concepts
  • Health Care Systems
  • Human Resources
  • Strategic Management & Marketing Strategies
  • Information Systems
  • Clinical Processes

Electives can be selected from a list of courses offered through the Xavier University graduate program in health services administration. Some certificate coursework may be applied towards a master’s degree in health services administration at Xavier University.

Average Cost of Attendance: $5,160 total program cost
Average Length of Program: 1-3 years
Program Format: Hybrid Format
US News and World Report Ranking:
#6 Best Academic Institution in the Miswestern Region of the United States
#29 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#12 – University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 11

The School of Public Health

Graduate Certificate in Management Fundamentals in Health Care Organizations

Program Website

This Management and Fundamentals in Health Care Organizations certificate program trains students using the fundamentals of healthcare management. It includes coursework in the design of health care delivery systems, health economics, cost accounting in health care, introduction to health care finance, teamwork in health care, and an introduction to management principles in health care. The program includes core courses used in the Executive MHA, but is designed for those who do not need a full MHA. The Certificate is designed for currently employed executives, physicians, and other health care professionals seeking to advance their management and leadership capabilities. Students enrolled in the certificate program are expected to gather basic skills in management, teamwork, accounting and financial analysis in health care organizations. For clinical professionals and others working in the health care industry, these skills are fundamental in the development of their careers and. Specific outcomes expected to accrue to those who complete the certificate include:

  • Enhanced ability to lead work teams or departments.
  • Expanded ability to make decisions about the most efficient use of resources.
  • Improved teambuilding abilities.
  • Better grasp of policy and other system-wide perspectives, and accompanying ability to better participate in strategic decision-making in the organization.
  • Deeper understanding of the role of management and of other professionals in health care organizations.
  • Larger conceptual framework on which to base learning and other developmental activities in the future.

Average Cost of Attendance: $22,610 total program cost
Average Length of Program: 1-3 years
Program Format: Hybrid Format
US News and World Report Ranking:
#69 National University
#25 Top Public School
#27 Best Graduate Business School
#3 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#11 – University of Pittsburg – Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburg Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 11

The Department of Health Policy and Management

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Systems Engineering
Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Leadership and Management

Program Website

The Department of Health Policy and Management at Pitt confers two certificate options in health care management.

Certificate in Health Care Systems Engineering
Offered jointly by the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering and Pitt Public Health, this certificate program offer students the skills and analytical tools they will need for effective problem solving in order to aid in the engineering of the health care industry. Students are trained to become pioneers and agents of change in addressing the problems health care faces in the twenty-first century. Engineering students gain knowledge of health care operations, the organizational culture, and the strategic issues facing the industry. Health care management students will learn engineering principles, models, and tools within a systems approach to analysis, problem-solving, and project implementation.

Certificate in Health Systems Leadership and Management

This certificate program is an excellent fit for those individuals who are on a career path to becoming a leader of a health care organization. This program provides focused training that grows their existing competencies in the domains of transformation, execution, and interpersonal skills. Students in this certificate program will complete foundational coursework in healthcare finance, health policy analysis, quality assessment, and the strategic management of healthcare organizations. As an interdisciplinary experience, each certificate student will participate in an applied research project with a team of faculty who will mentor the student through the design, analysis, and interpretation of results.

Average Cost of Attendance: $15,240 total program cost
Average Length of Program: 1-3 years
Program Format: Hybrid Format
US News and World Report Ranking:
#66 National University
#24 Top Public School
#48 Best Graduate Business School
#29 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#10 – Simmons College – Boston, Massachusetts

Simmons College Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 11

The School of Management

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Health Care Management

Program Website

The School of Management at Simmons College confers the Simmons Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Health Care Management (CAGS). This certificate program prepares individuals who have graduate degrees in other disciplines to become qualified health care administrators and leaders. The program is designed to build upon the individual strengths of each student while also introducing new concepts in health care and management. The department views management and leadership as critical skills for those seeking advancement within health care organizations. In order to earn senior management level positions graduates will bee training in finance, organizational dynamics and leadership to be successful. The esteemed faculty members have many years of high-level experience working in the health care sector, and they offer priceless knowledge and insight into the industry. Some of the leading faculty members have included the Chair of the Trustees group at the Massachusetts Hospital Association, an advisor to USAID and the World Bank, and a former chief financial officer at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Average Cost of Attendance: $15,000 total program cost
Average Length of Program: 1-3 years
Program Format: On Campus
US News and World Report Ranking:
#16 Best Academic Institution in the Northern Region of the United States
#8 Best Value School
#38 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

#9 – University of Alabama – Birmingham, Alabama

University of Alabama Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 11

The School of Health Professionals

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality and Safety

Program Website

The Healthcare Quality and Safety Graduate Certificate is the most pursued graduate certificate at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Despite its popularity, it is rigorous program that is carefully designed to be flexible for busy, working professionals. The certificate program cutting edge and comprehensive so students develop the individual knowledge and business skills they will need to be effective in clinical practice and non-clinical process improvement projects in a complex medical environment. The Graduate Certificate trains clinical and administrative professionals to implement quality and safety focused strategies into their organization. The fully online program requires completion of just four courses and each of those can be applied toward a Masters’ of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety should you choose to further your education and better position yourself for professional advancement. The courses include:

  • Introduction to Clinical Quality Improvement
  • Quantitative Methods, Measurement, and Tools for Quality Improvement
  • Fundamentals of Patient Safety
  • Leadership of High Reliability Healthcare Organizations

Average Cost of Attendance: $7,090 annual graduate attendance
Average Length of Program: 6 months – 1 year
Program Format: Fully Online
US News and World Report Ranking:
#149 National University
#79 Top Public School
#2 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#8 – University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 13

The School of Public Health

Graduate Certificate in Global Health in Health Management and Policy
Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics

Program Website

The School of Public Health at the University of Michigan confers two certificates in the area of Healthcare Management.

Global Health in Health Management & Policy (GHMP)
The field of global health is a rapidly expanding, diverse, and competitive field. The certificate in Global Health in Health Management & Policy Program prepares a number of highly motivated students to work in global health policy and management, either in the United States or abroad. This certificate is pursued by a small number of students enrolled in the Master of Health Services Administration or Master of Public Health programs. These students are chosen upon admission to apply their health management and policy skills in a range of international contexts.

Health Informatics (GCHI)
Through the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics (GCHI) program, students learn about the health informatics field and the foundations of information science and public health. Completion of the certificate requires 18 credit hours of coursework across the School of Information and School of Public Health. The program only accepts students who are currently enrolled, or will be enrolled in the fall, in a graduate-level program on the Ann Arbor campus.

Average Cost of Attendance: $20,406 annual graduate attendance
Average Length of Program: 1-3 years
Program Format: On Campus
US News and World Report Ranking:
#29 National University
#4 Top Public School
#11 Best Graduate Business School
#1 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#7 – University of Washington – Seattle, Washington

University of Washington Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 14

The School of Professional and Continuing Education

Graduate Certificate in Medical Management

Program Website

The Medical Management Certificate is approved and supported by the UW School of Medicine and the Department of Health Services, UW School of Public Health. Through completion of this certificate, graduates become familiar with the strategies for leadership, employee oversight and change management. Students learn techniques for measuring quality and efficient medical and management practices, as well as the importance for long-term strategy and market positioning within health care organizations. Another important element is the acquiring of key financial tools and concepts needed to manage effective health care organizations. The School of Professional and Continuing Education has laid out one important program goal – for students to gain the expertise needed to lead successful health care organizations – including expertise in program planning, marketing and financial strategies, efficiency techniques and leadership skills. Course work can be applied as graduate credit to the Executive Master of Health Administration program.

Average Cost of Attendance: $16,296 annual graduate attendance
Average Length of Program: 1-3 years
Program Format: Hybrid Format
US News and World Report Ranking:
#52 National University
#16 Top Public School
#23 Best Graduate Business School
#10 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

#6 – University of Florida – Gainesville, Florida

University of Florida Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 14

The College of Medicine – The College of Public Health and Health Professions

Health Outcomes and Policy Graduate Certificate
Geriatric Care Management Graduate Certificate

Program Website

Students at the University of Florida have two certificate options in the area of healthcare management and administration:

Health Outcomes and Policy Certificate
The Graduate Certificate in Health Outcomes and Policy is designed to provide students with rudimentary knowledge and skills to interpret and participate in health outcomes evaluations and clinical effectiveness research in clinical research and community-based research settings. Students who complete this certificate have an understanding of the following:

  • Health policy processes and their impact on health care practices and delivery in both clinical and community settings
  • Foundational knowledge in the scientific methods used to conduct health outcomes and policy research, including study design, database management, outcomes and evaluation measurements, and applied statistical methods
  • Familiarity with the key areas of clinical and translational science and how health outcomes and policy research fits into the translational research spectrum

Students have the opportunity for an individualized mentored research experiences with faculty. Health professionals who complete the certificate program can expect to have enhanced career opportunities due to their ability to more effectively participate in and conduct health outcomes assessment, clinical effectiveness research, and policy development, implementation and evaluation.

Geriatric Care Management Certificate
The Geriatric Care Management Graduate Certificate program is flexible enough to meet the needs of busy working professionals. The program requires completion of four graduate level courses with a grade of B or higher as well as a 50-hour supervised clinical experience to be completed in the area in which the student resides. The courses associated with this program are offered on a semester basis (Spring, Summer and Fall) and each semester is thirteen weeks in length. All courses are taught using a web based e-learning system. The course work is organized in weekly modules, which include audio power point presentations, video lectures, assigned reading and on-line discussion forums. The material is designed to be completed in self-paced / flexible format. The final requirement for the Graduate level certificate is the supervised clinical experience. Students already employed as a professional geriatric care manager you may be able (based on your individual background) to waive this requirement.

Average Cost of Attendance: $12,682 annual graduate attendance
Average Length of Program: 1-3 years
Program Format: Fully Online
US News and World Report Ranking:
#47 National University
#14 Top Public School
#37 Best Graduate Business School
#29 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#5 – Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State University Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 14

The College of Public Health

Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership

Program Website

The College of Public Health at Ohio State University is grounded in a few critical beliefs:

  • Our nation’s health depends on a highly skilled and dedicated workforce.
  • The workforce should be supported and encouraged to develop and enhance their professional skills.
  • Services are enhanced by a cooperative and dynamic relationship between practice and academia.
  • The needs of the workforce drive our priorities and activities

The Center for Public Health Practice, housed within the college, has designed a new learning opportunity for students wishing to become leaders in the field of healthcare. The Public Health Management and Leadership certificate is an excellent fit for those wanting a career change or looking to enter this exciting area of the work force. The curriculum highlights the fundamentals of managing a public health or medical organization, while exploring and improving personal leadership strengths. Students begin to uncover the best ways in which to advance their organization’s goals using strategic planning and performance measurement. The certificate program is made up of five core-courses that are arranged into management and leadership categories. Management core courses are related to financial and human resources; leadership core courses relate to personal and strategic leadership development and strategic planning.

Average Cost of Attendance: $12,445 annual graduate attendance
Average Length of Program: 6 months – 1 year
Program Format: Hybrid Format
US News and World Report Ranking:
#52 National University
#16 Top Public School
#30 Best Graduate Business School
#10 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#4 – Pennsylvania State University – State College, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State University Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 14

The World Campus

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration

Program Website

As the face of medicine continues to evolve and change, nurses have become a foundational part of the overall care of patients. In addition to direct patient care, highly trained nurses who possess the knowledge of how to improve the business processes in a hospital or health system, will be in the highest demand. The fully online 9-credit graduate certificate in Nursing Administration allows students to continue working while earning your nursing certificate. The flexible learning format is paired with a highly modernized, innovative curriculum taught by respected faculty from Penn State’s College of Nursing. Course work covers important concepts such as health care economics and policy; nurse leadership roles, concepts, and theories; and human resources in health care organizations. Students gather new skills and knowledge of best practices that you can apply immediately in your current work environment to help improve your health care organization’s effectiveness.

Average Cost of Attendance: $7,245 total program cost
Average Length of Program: 1-2 years
Program Format: Fully Online
US News and World Report Ranking:
#47 National University
#14 Top Public School
#37 Best Graduate Business School
#27 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#3 – Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins University Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 17

The Carey School of Business

The Business of Health Care Graduate Certificate

Program Website

The Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins is home to the nationally renowned Business of Health Care Graduate Certificate. This is a fully online program that combines the Carey Business School’s cutting edge academic perspective on leadership and Johns Hopkins’ unmatched resources in health care education. The Graduate Certificate was designed for two distinct types of students:

  • Leaders in medicine and health care who lack formal training in business
  • Professionals seeking supervisory positions in medicine and health care who lack experience, or have not had formal training in leadership

Through the fully online format, the Business of Health Care certificate offers students the flexibility and convenience to continue working while earning their degree. There are opportunities for a range of financial aid programs, including scholarships, loans, and work study opportunities. The six-course certificate is supplied through an online learning system that has been created by educators and instructional designers with a great deal of experience in distance education. This allows students to learn in a way that is engaging and user-friendly. The program will provide students with the knowledge to:

  • Skillfully lead health care organizations
  • Understand the legal foundations of health care in the United States, and contrast this with other countries around the world
  • Maximize patient safety using the best practices of business, policy, and health care
  • Grasp the business and public health implications of changing medical and health care policy
  • Recognize the role of nursing sciences in advancing public health and the business of health care

Average Cost of Attendance: $13,190 total program cost
Average Length of Program: 1-3 years
Program Format: Fully Online
US News and World Report Ranking:
#10 National University
#20 Best Value School
#7 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#2 – University of California – Los Angeles, California

University of California Los Angeles Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 17

Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management and Leadership

Program Website

The Mission of the Department of Health Policy and Management is to improve the health status of all people in the community by:

  • Developing the next generation of leaders in the health sector
  • Conducting the highest quality research
  • Innovating to solve the complex challenges of health care policy and delivery
  • Educating health policy, management, and public health practice professionals
  • Partnering with the community to disseminate and apply new knowledge

The department confers the Certificate Program in Health Care Management and Leadership in partnership with UCLA Extension. This training programs prepares managers and healthcare professionals to work effectively in the constantly changing field of healthcare. Courses are offered in the evening and on weekends, to accommodate even the busiest students. The program provides students with a strong framework in managerial and leadership skills and is ideal for those new to the profession or those seeking to advance their careers. This program is designed for:

  • Working health care professionals seeking to increase their management skills
  • Professionals looking to transition into the health care industry
  • Physicians, clinical/allied health professionals, managers and others preparing for supervisory, managerial, or advanced-level administrative positions in the industry

Upon graduation from the Health Care Management and Leadership Certificate students are prepared to take on leadership roles in:

  • Hospitals and acute care settings
  • Medical groups and ambulatory care
  • Long-term care
  • Health plans and health insurance
  • Government agencies and community-based organizations.
  • Public and nonprofit agencies

Average Cost of Attendance: $8,675 total program cost
Average Length of Program: 1-3 years
Program Format: On Campus
US News and World Report Ranking:
#23 National University
#2 Top Public School
#15 Best Graduate Business School
#14 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#1 – Cornell University – Ithaca, New York

Cornell University Best Healthcare Management CertificatePoints: 19

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The Cornell Master Certificate in Health Care Leadership prepares motivated students for high-level management roles that will elevate potential for leadership within an organization. This certificate is made up of 11 two-week courses: 7 core and 4 elective courses. Coursework offer important hands-on experiences that will develop fundamental leadership competencies that are the foundation in the healthcare industry. Students in this program learn to identify areas of potential improvement or growth within their organization. There are 3 electives to choose from: Change Leadership, Employee Relations, and Facilities Design. The curriculum can be completed through 11 courses in as little as 6 months, spending 5-7 hours per course. The core course work equips students to:

  • Compare transformational excellence strategies with traditional approaches to change
  • Develop a strategic vision for your organization
  • Anticipate and collect data to inform your strategic planning process
  • Maintain and identify areas for improvement and potential growth
  • Develop your own goal-oriented strategic action plan
  • Identify the risks that are most relevant to the capital-budgeting decision
  • Manage the value of investments made by your company
  • Understand how cultural aspects of organizations affect change efforts
  • Apply listening, questioning, and feedback skills necessary for coaching dialogue
  • Use the coaching process successfully in a workplace relationship
  • Overcome organizational factors that complicate decision making

Average Cost of Attendance: $6,600 total program cost
Average Length of Program: 6 months
Program Format: Fully Online
US News and World Report Ranking:
#15 National University
#17 Best Value School
#16 Best Graduate Business School
#14 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
New York Board of Regents (NYBR)

Opportunities for a Certification in Healthcare Management

As the United States continues to see exponential growth in the healthcare industry, more and more highly trained professionals will be needed to fill positions at all levels of healthcare management. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook, the field of medical and health services managers is expected to see at least 23 percent growth over the next ten years. The average salary for these business professionals is just under $90,000, with a great deal of predicted salary growth. Business professionals with a graduate certificate in healthcare management or administration will have great opportunities for job placement as well as the expectation of a top salary. By earning a certificate in healthcare management, business professionals can become the leaders in the healthcare industry.

For More on the Best Programs in Healthcare Management and Administration Please Refer to the Following Articles:

Top 20 Best Value Master’s Degree Programs in Healthcare Management in 2015

Top 20 MBA Programs with a Specialization in Healthcare Management in 2015

Top 20 Online Healthcare MBA Programs 2015

About the Author

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and then a Master of Science in Clinical and Forensic Psychology from Drexel University, Kristen began a career as a therapist at two prisons in Philadelphia. At the same time she volunteered as a rape crisis counselor, also in Philadelphia. After a few years in the field she accepted a teaching position at a local college where she currently teaches online psychology courses. Kristen began writing in college and still enjoys her work as a writer, editor, professor and mother.