HCM Certificate Curriculum


Requirements for Students Admitted Fall 2013 or Later

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management consists of 15 credits

  • Students must complete three courses for a total of 9 credits from Category A.
  • Students must select elective courses for a total of 6 credits from Category B.
Category A: Required Courses (9 credits)
MPA 729 | 3 credits
Health Care Organization and Management
This course focuses on health care management in a wide variety of healthcare settings, from hospitals to nursing homes and clinics. It uses the functions of management as the primary framework: planning, organizing, staffing, influencing and controlling. The course also integrates a variety of organization theory and behavioral concepts in the conceptual framework of managing. Students will be acquainted with a variety of analytical and decision-making tools and techniques that they can use in their daily management practice.

Prerequisites: MPA 723 or Consent of Instructor

*Not valid for students who take the Health Care Graduate Certificate.
MPA 762 | 3 credits
Health Care Administration Law
This course presents a comprehensive and illustrative overview of legal and ethical issues facing the health care industry. Students will learn how to identify situations that raise potential legal issues and how to avoid or minimize the risk of liability. Among the topics covered in the course are professional negligence and intentional torts, liability of healthcare organizations, consent for treatment and withholding consent, emergency care, medical staff appointments and privileges, protecting the privacy of medical information, anti-trust laws, and legal issues in managed care.

Prerequisites: Master of Public Administration 711 or consent of instructor
MPA 773 | 3 credits
Health Care Policy
This course introduces students to the health care policy environment, the health care policy actors, and the economics underlying the issues and politics of health care. It examines various factors that have shaped health care policy over time in achieving the goals of accessibility, equity, quality, cost containment, and efficient provision and use of health care services. Students will be engaged in the discussion of a variety of critical, contemporary policy issues such as health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, the increase of medical expenditures, the malpractice crisis, the evolution of managed care, and comparison of other nations’ healthcare systems.

Prerequisites: Master of Public Administration 711 or consent of instructor
Category B: Elective Courses (6 credits)
Nursing 746 | 2 credits
Quality Improvement and Safety
This course focuses on quality and safety to improve outcomes by identifying and reducing actual or potential failures in healthcare processes or systems. Quality improvement models will be addressed focusing on a just culture of safety. Use of national patient safety resources, initiatives, regulations, and benchmarks will be discussed. High reliability organizational principals are explored as they relate to promoting transparency and sustaining improvements.
MPA 750 | 3 credits
Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
The course focuses on the dynamics of strategic planning. It introduces the concept of strategic planning and why such planning is important for governments, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, health care organizations, and communities. It presents conceptual models that guide strategic planning and connect it to strategic thinking, implementation, and evaluation. Students will become acquainted with a variety of practical strategic thinking maps, tools and techniques for conducting an organization direction and situation analyses, for formulating and evaluating strategic alternatives, and for developing and evaluating implementation strategies, and how these are translated into action plans.

Prerequisites: Master of Public Administration 732 or Instructor Consent.
Nursing 783 | 2-3 credits
Healthcare Informatics
This course will focus on developing the skills to effectively use and evaluate information technology to promote optimal outcomes for patients. Content is directed toward assisting students to understand the relationship between patient outcomes and information systems. The course focuses on navigating and interpreting the vast amount of electronic resources and examples of standardized nomenclature. Students will use this information to enhance their own knowledge as well as function as a practice specialist/consultant sharing that knowledge base with their patients and peers. Legal, ethical, regulatory, and cultural considerations are explored as they relate to information management and its use in health care.
BUS 769 | 2 credits
Healthcare Finance and Economics
BUS 769 | 2 credits
Healthcare Organization and Delivery
BUS 769 | 1 credit
Communicating for Success: Making Workplace Communication Work
BUS 769 | 2 credits
Health Care Human Resources & Organizations
BUS 769 | 2 credits
Fundamentals of Health Information Technology Management


  • Courses in the Graduate Healthcare Management Certificate program are currently offered 100% online.
  • All BUS 769 are offered through the UWO College of Business Consortium. Students who select these courses must contact Ms. Samantha Clark, MBA Graduate Programs Advisor (clarksa@uwosh.edu or 920-424-4452) and request to be enrolled.
  • All Nursing courses are offered through the UW Oshkosh College of Nursing. Students who select these courses must contact congrad@uwosh.edu and request to be enrolled. This way the Nursing office will communicate with instructors if non-nursing students will be in their courses in any particular semester.
  • Students who select BUS 769 Healthcare Finance and Economics (2 credits) must complete the online course ECON 704 Managerial Economics (1.5 credits) only if they have no prior knowledge of microeconomics. This prerequisite course will not count towards the 6-credit certificate electives.
  • Also, see FAQ about the HCM Certificate.
  • Graduate students admitted prior to Fall 2013 follow the old graduate HCM Certificate curriculum requirements, but may also take courses from the new graduate HCM Certificate curriculum with adviser’s permission: HCM Certificate Curriculum for Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2013
  • For admission requirements, please see HCM Certificate Admission

Graduate HCM Certificate Coordinator

Please contact Dr. Anna Filipova for any questions related to the Graduate HCM Certificate.

Phone: (920) 424-0037