Health Systems Administration certificate

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Online Option

Learn the fundamentals of the U.S. health care system, delivery of services, how various services are financed, and the drivers behind these organizations that work to serve patients and their families.

The health systems administration certificate introduces students to the complexity of the U.S. health care system. You will learn how health care organizations plan for and deliver effective health care services, how various services are financed as well as other financial management strategies, and how to effectively lead these highly complex, mission-driven organizations that serve people throughout their lives.

Students working on undergraduate degrees in the health sciences or those considering a career within the health care industry, would benefit from this certificate program, as it provides an excellent orientation to the health care industry as a whole. Courses in the certificate may be applied at a later date to the MS degree in health systems administration.


Health systems administration, certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
Reinventing Health Care
This course discusses reinventing health care in our country. Specifically the course will review the current status of American health care including research into population demographics and health, and the concept of wellness and prevention. We will review the role of health care reform in reinventing health care. Following this we review international health care models as we consider best practice as alternative care models for consideration for the US. Third the students will develop, for their area of interest and expertise, a strategy for incremental or radical innovation in how we provide health care to our constituents.
Health Care Leadership
Highly trained clinical and administrative professionals drive the nature of work in health care. The purpose of this course is to provide students the opportunity to study leadership theory as it is applied in health care organizations. Leadership theories and applications geared toward professionals working in health service organizations will be emphasized. Students will learn to apply leadership theories via case studies and issue analysis of their active work environments.
Finance for Health Care Professionals
This is an overview course that will provide an in-depth investigation of the financial workings in the health care industry. The course will be presented through the investigation of the operations of various health care settings – hospitals, physician practices, long term care facilities and home health care providers. The course covers all the essential functions in health care internal financial operations that would be experienced throughout the industry, except for the insurance companies. There are several examples involving physician practices, inpatient hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, etc. During the course the participants will carefully evaluate what the finance department is expected to accomplish. They will better understand the role of the clinical operations manager in the financial health of a health care organization. The course is designed to provide an approach that includes some terminology used in accounting, but more so those terms associated with finance.
Health Care Planning and Program Development
This course provides a review of the methodology of planning effectively for health care services. The use of data systems and the methods of forecasting, identifying, and analyzing problems are explored. The course will all address the process of strategic planning, setting priorities, developing projects and allocating resources. Students prepare actual application for new programs to regulatory agencies.
Total Semester Credit Hours

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