Health Care Management Program

Graduate Certificate

Wright State University’s Health Care Management (HCM) program offers a curriculum for health care professionals and administrators that is designed to develop the strategic management and leadership skills of its students.

Cosponsored by WSU's Raj Soin College of Business (RSCoB) and the Boonshoft School of Medicine, the HCM Certificate Program is designed for physicians, managers, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care providers and administrators who are employed full time and can benefit from master's-level business courses.

With advances in new technology and the heightened demand for health services by the baby boomers, the era of rapid change that has characterized the health care sector will continue into the foreseeable future. With change, opportunities arise for many who are willing to adapt. Those who possess the right management skills and understand the complexity of the health care marketplace will be in a position to successfully lead organizations and benefit professionally. Recognizing that the business of health care is dramatically different from other sectors, this program will introduce participants to advanced business concepts, evaluation techniques and strategic thinking so they can lead effectively, improve quality, increase productivity and better manage organizational costs.

Classes are typically held one evening a week, and students who complete the year-long program are awarded a Certificate in Health Care Management.

Further Enhance Your Education

Program graduates who wish to further enhance their educations can apply to either the AACSB International-accredited M.B.A. Program at the Raj Soin College of Business or the Master of Public Health Program at Boonshoft School of Medicine. All course credits from the HCM Certificate Program are transferable to these WSU master's programs.

Why Wright State University?

We strive to provide an optimal balance between high quality instruction and executive-style convenience. Our program provides:

  • Access to dedicated faculty members who possess real-world business experience and who recognize that most HCM program participants have demanding full time positions.
  • An educational experience enhanced by a diverse cohort of participants with varied professional experiences and training backgrounds.
  • The opportunity to utilize Web-based, distance-learning tools to complement weekly instructor-lead class sessions.
  • A convenient, off-campus teaching environment designed for graduate-level instruction located at the Research Park in Kettering (near highways 35 and 675).
  • Course registration handled by our dedicated, customer service-oriented program staff.

Program of Study

The three Health Care Management courses emphasize real-world applications. To achieve the certificate, students need to complete the following three courses:

CMH 6500: Health Resource Management and Policy — 3 credit hours

Course Director: John McAlearney, Ph.D.
This course will introduce students to the theory, concepts and practice of managing health resources in both traditional health service and public health settings. In addition, this course will cover health care policies (existing and proposed) and their impact on health care resource management. Sessions will include presentations on patient behavior, managed care, the insurance industry, health provider theory, law and quality among other topics.

CMH 7510: Strategic Leadership in Health Care — 3 credit hours

Course Directors: James Ebert, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H. and Edward Syron, Ph.D.
This course will introduce students to concepts, principles and practices of strategic management in multiple health care settings. Principles of organizational behavior and culture will be examined and techniques in negotiation, leadership and strategic analysis will be applied.

FIN 7500: Financial Management of Health Service Organizations — 3 credit hours

Course Director: Daniel Mefford, C.P.A., M.B.A.
This course starts with an introduction to basic financial management concepts and delves into health care-specific topics, including accounting and financial statement interpretation; risk, return and time value of money; capital decision making; operational and capital budgeting; risk analysis; tactical alternative analysis; and forecasting.

Application Process

To be admitted to the program, students must first be accepted into the WSU Graduate School in nondegree status. Minimum graduate school requirements include an earned bachelor’s and/or advanced graduate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants will need to arrange to have an official transcript sent from each college or university that awarded any of these degrees as documentation.

Applicants must apply online as nondegree students through the Graduate School. All correspondence pertaining to the admission of a student should be addressed to the Graduate School, Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001.

In addition to applying for admission to the Graduate School, applicants should submit the Certificate in Health Care Management Supplementary Application (DOC) to the HCM certificate program coordinator at the address below.

Submit your Supplementary Application to:
Attention: Anne King
HCM Certificate Program Coordinator
WSU Center for Global Health
3123 Research Blvd., Suite 200
Kettering, OH 45420-4006

For more information, contact Anne King at the Center for Global Health by phone at (937) 258-5558 or by e-mail at

Who Pursues a Certificate in Health Care Management?

Here are some typical participant profiles:

  • A physician interested in learning strategic management techniques and leadership skills to expand and improve the operations of his practice.
  • A hospital nurse manager looking to increase her management skill set with courses in health care finance, economics and strategy.
  • A health plan administrator wanting to learn how to improve health care quality within her organization and how to develop a corresponding implementation strategy.
  • A physician, working as a medical director for a health care organization, would like to better understand the economics of health care and principles of health care finance.
  • A medical technologist seeking the management expertise needed to take on greater financial and managerial responsibilities within his her firm.
  • A specialty-group practice manager wishing to learn more about how to implement population based health programs and improve her negotiation skills.
  • Non-health care professionals who have already transitioned or are interested in transitioning to a position in health care.

Certificate Program Cost

The cost of the Health Care Management Certificate program will be graduate tuition (subject to change) and a program fee ($149 per credit hour) that covers the cost of administration, faculty and facility expenses.

For More Information

The HCM Certificate Program has been awarded the WSU President's Award for outstanding customer service. We invite prospective students to schedule an informational visit at their convenience to meet our staff and to tour our teaching facility. We are also happy to conduct information sessions at organizations for personnel that might be interested in learning more about our program.

For additional programmatic questions or to schedule an informational visit, please contact John McAlearney, Ph.D., director of the HCM Certificate Program, by phone at (937) 258-5555, or by e-mail at

Program Faculty




CMH 7510: Strategic Leadership in Health Care

James Brown, Jr., M.D.

Professor and Chair, Emergency Medicine

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (WSU BSOM)

Mikki Clancy, CISA

Miami Valley Hospital, Chief Operating Officer

Premier Health

Michele Dritz, M.D., M.S.

Adolescent Medicine Physician

WPAFB Medical Center

James Ebert, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H. (Co-course director)

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health


Michael Kriner, B.S.

Director, Global Benefits

Teradata Corporation

Cameron McGregor, M.S.N., R.N.

Vice President, Neuro-Science  Services

Premier Health

Robin Rutledge, R.N., M.S.

Vice President, Cardiovascular Services

Premier Health

Edward Syron, Ph.D. (Co-course director)

Chief Coordinated Care Center

Dayton VA Medical Center

Marianne L. Weber, M.Arch., M.H.S.A.

Vice President

E Lynn App Architects, Inc.

Bill Wharton, R.S., M.A.

Public Information

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County

Michele Wilson, M.Ed.

Organizational Effectiveness and Change Agent

Premier Health

CMH 6500: Health Resource Management and Policy

Ken Dahms, J.D., M.A.

Volunteer Faculty


Shaun Hamilton, M.P.H.

System Director of Community Health

Premier Health

Julie Liss-Katz, B.A.

Vice President and Chief Government Affairs Officer

Premier Health

John McAlearney, Ph.D. (Course director)

Health Economist & Assistant Professor

WSU BSOM & Raj Soin College of Business

Edward Syron, Ph.D.

Medical Administration Officer, Chief Coordinated Care Center

Dayton VA Medical Center

JD Whitlock, M.P.H., M.B.A.

Chief Medical Information Officer

Catholic Health Partners

FIN 7500: Financial Management of Health Service Organizations

Daniel Mefford, C.P.A., M.B.A.

Senior Consultant

The Practice Resource Management Group, Inc.

Comments from Current and Past Participants

  • "If you are looking for a timely alternative to online, CD-ROM, or other glorified correspondence courses in healthcare management, look no farther. Rather than spending hours squinting at a monitor, you will be learning with a diverse group of peers, critiquing the latest literature in the field, and picking the brains of the expert faculty."
    James R. Ebert, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati
  • "Certificate in Health Care Management is truly an executive-level and convenient educational experience for me. I like the small class size, which allows me an excellent opportunity to interact with my colleagues and teachers. This is an excellent program and I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested."
    A.N. Chatterji, M.D., F.A.C.P., Endoscopy Center of Dayton, Ltd.
  • Just what I needed in my career! The HCM Certificate Program has helped me gain more knowledge so that I can have some understanding and control over forces that drive health care and my practice.
    Hemant Shah, M.D., Pulmonary Medicine of Dayton
  • The program has helped me to better understand the complicated interactions among all the players in the delivery of healthcare including government. I have been surprised how much diverse information I have been exposed to through the excellent lecturers and experts in various fields that I otherwise wouldn't have known.
    David Smith, M.D., Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services
Last edited on 07/09/2015.