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Graduate Certificate Program in
Healthcare Administration

The University of Atlanta’s Online Program leading to the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is a premier certificate program at the advanced level. In a rapidly changing national and international healthcare arena, this program will prove of particular benefit to:

  • Professionals trained in medicine, nursing, occupational or physical therapy, pharmacy or other allied healthcare professions.
  • Non-clinical professionals in related fields such as the insurance industry, government agencies, human service agencies, non-profits and for-profit companies in healthcare
  • Students currently completing graduate studies in medicine, nursing, occupational or physical therapy, pharmacy, other healthcare professions or master’s programs in Business Administration or Public Administration.
  • Anyone interested in a career in healthcare administration or in taking a leadership role in a healthcare related field while making progress toward a certificate and potential job advancement.
Under the guidance of distinguished University of Atlanta faculty, program participants will develop:
  • Skills to assess, plan, and evaluate decisions in the healthcare environment Ability to facilitate critical partnerships and collaboration
  • An understanding of the importance of leadership in healthcare administration
  • Communication and information technology skills
  • A broad ethical framework for making leadership decisions
  • Competitive advantage with enhanced skills to lead and manage an organization.

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is designed to complement your current level of healthcare experience and improve your leadership and management skills within the healthcare environment. Advanced level courses are interdisciplinary to meet the needs of a diverse healthcare industry, while focusing on several core competencies. The Program (including the final, intensive project) is designed so that graduates will ideally:

  • Understand the basic structure, driving forces of change, performance characteristics, and strengths and weaknesses of the US healthcare system.
  • Improve critical thinking and communication skills in framing, analyzing, and interpreting the meaning and consequences of healthcare policy issues.
  • Develop the ability to compare, contrast, and appreciate conflicting viewpoints, different disciplines, and diverse interpretations of US healthcare performance, structure and management.
  • Recognize and analyze current and emerging trends in healthcare that directly impact management and healthcare delivery.
  • Are able (or better able) to address the major issues and challenges faces by healthcare providers and managers.
  • Employ appropriate problem assessment and resolution tools
  • Recognize the applications and limits of analysis and decision-making models.
  • Begin to develop the ability to structure decisions bearing on healthcare management and conflict resolution within the broader context of the organizational culture.

Further Study and Post-Certificate Transfer Options

Students interested in further study may transfer courses completed with a grade of “B” or better for the certificate directly toward degree requirements for the University of Atlanta’s Master of Science degree program in Healthcare Administration.

Required Curriculum at the University of Atlanta
The University of Atlanta’s Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration includes the following required courses:

Course No. Course Title Credits
HC 605
Healthcare Planning and Policy 3
HC 625 Healthcare Finance Management 3
HC 665 Principles of Quality Management in Healthcare 3
HC 700 Healthcare Administration - Final Project 3
Total 4 courses  12 credits

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university or by a Ministry-recognized institution of higher education. (Submit official certification or proof of degree completion.)
  • Healthcare, Healthcare management or related Experience (Submit comprehensive rйsumй)

Requirements for Successful Completion of Certificate Program

Students must earn a grade of no less than B- in each of the four required courses. Note; While the grade of B- or better in each course will satisfy Certificate requirements, only grades of B or better may be subsequently transferred to any University of Atlanta graduate degree program.

Awarding of Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration

Upon successful completion of all four courses (as specified above), the student will complete the “Application for Awarding of Certificate,” which will be reviewed by the Graduate Dean and then duly processed by the University Registrar.

Graduate Certificate Program Costs

Program Tuition: $4000
Books: $ 500 + shipping (Estimated cost)
University Certificate: $ 50


Purpose and Program Appeal

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is designed to complement your current level of healthcare experience and improve your leadership and management skills within the healthcare environment. Advanced level courses are interdisciplinary to meet the needs of a diverse healthcare industry, while focusing on several core competencies.

Core Emphases - Learning Areas

Under the guidance of distinguished University of Atlanta faculty, program participants will develop:

  • Skills to assess, plan, and evaluate decisions in the healthcare environment Ability to facilitate critical partnerships and collaboration
  • An understanding of the importance of leadership in healthcare administration
  • Communication and information technology skills
  • A broad ethical framework for making leadership decisions
  • Competitive advantage with enhanced skills to lead and manage an organization.
An Overview of the Program Structure

The Program (including the final, intensive project) is designed so that graduates will ideally:

  • Understand the basic structure, driving forces of change, performance characteristics, and strengths and weaknesses of the US healthcare system.
  • Improve critical thinking and communication skills in framing, analyzing, and interpreting the meaning and consequences of healthcare policy issues.
  • Develop the ability to compare, contrast, and appreciate conflicting viewpoints, different disciplines, and diverse interpretations of US healthcare performance, structure and management.
  • Recognize and analyze current and emerging trends in healthcare that directly impact management and healthcare delivery.
  • Are able (or better able) to address the major issues and challenges faces by healthcare providers and managers.
  • Employ appropriate problem assessment and resolution tools
  • Recognize the applications and limits of analysis and decision-making models.
  • Begin to develop the ability to structure decisions bearing on healthcare management and conflict resolution within the broader context of the organizational culture.
Further Study Options Beyond the Graduate Certificate

Students interested in further study may transfer courses completed with a grade of “B” or better for the certificate directly toward degree requirements for the University of Atlanta’s Master of Science degree program in Healthcare Administration.

  • UOFA offers accredited degree programs to working adults globally. Our programs are accredited to ensure that our students are accepted and recognized globally through their academics.

  • UofA faculty comprises some of the brightest minds in academics as well as industry. These leaders have devoted their time and expertise to the university to design a curriculum that supports the busy life styles of today's working adults.

  • Our intensive focused programs provide the opportunity for you to explore specific topics in-depth on a daily basis. We provide you the flexibility to design your own academic schedule.

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