Graduate HCM Certificate

Program Purpose

The Graduate Healthcare Management (HCM) Certificate offered by the Department of Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is designed for individuals who wish to enhance their skills as health care managers, supervisors, or leaders to function effectively and enhance their career potential in today’s complex healthcare environment.


Distinguishing Features

  • Credits: 15 (9 Required Credits | 6 Elective Credits)
  • Delivery Format: Online
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission
  • Time of Completion: As Few As Two Years
  • Semester Offerings: Fall | Spring | Summer
  • Faculty: Tenured or Tenure-Track from MPA, MBA and Nursing Programs
  • Transferable Credits: Credits Could be Transferred towards Graduate Degrees (MPA, MBA)
  • Units Involved in Delivery: COLS PA Department, COB MBA and ECON, and CON
  • Class Capacity: 10-20
  • Student Population: In-career | Pre-Career
    • Healthcare professionals such as nurses, physicians, physician assistants, therapists, laboratory technicians, social workers new to management or supervisory roles.
    • Non-clinical professionals such as administrative staff in healthcare settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, public health departments, HMOs, home healthcare institutions, and ambulatory healthcare institutions, who want to enhance current management or supervisory skills.
    • Non-healthcare professionals such as administrative staff in other fields, including insurance companies, government, human service agencies, pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, who need skills to interact better with health providers, or to transition into the healthcare industry.
    • Students currently completing a master’s program in nursing, medicine, therapy, pharmacy, public administration or business administration.

Program Goals

  • Students will demonstrate broad-based knowledge of theory, research, and practice in health care management, policy, and administrative law directly applicable at professional levels in public, non-profit, and private healthcare organizations and other health-related institutions.
  • Students will demonstrate well-developed critical thinking, problem-solving, and research skills in addressing contemporary problems or issues in health care management, policy and administrative law.
  • Students will demonstrate strong, positive interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with various health care stakeholders, including patients both individually and in group settings.     


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Sage Hall 3003 and 3464
Oshkosh, WI 54901



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Phone: (920) 424-2030
Program Coordinator:
Dr. Michael Ford |
Hours: 7:30am - 3:30pm