Division of Health Systems & Policy

Health Care Management Certificate Program

The Health Care Management (HCM) Certificate Program offers a curriculum designed to develop strategic management and leadership skills.

Recognizing that the health care sector is dramatically different from other industries, 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.

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 and other health care providers and administrators who can benefit from master's-level business courses.

Upon completion, graduates are awarded a Certificate in Health Care Management.

Considering a Master’s Degree in Business or Public Health?

HCM Certificate Program graduates who wish to enhance their educational investment further are encouraged to apply to either the AACSB International-accredited Master  of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Program at the Raj Soin College of Business or the CEPH-accredited Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Program at the WSU Graduate School.  Course credits from the HCM Certificate Program are transferable to both of these WSU master's programs.

Program of Study

To achieve the certificate, students need to complete the following three courses:

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

This course will introduce students to the theory, concepts and practice of managing health resources in both traditional health service and public health settings. Sessions will include presentations on patient behavior, managed care, the insurance industry, health provider theory, law and quality.

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

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

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. Minimum graduate school requirements include an earned bachelor’s and/or advanced graduate degree from an accredited college or university.

If you are not currently enrolled at WSU, you can apply online as a non-degree student through the WSU Graduate School. During the online application process, you will have an opportunity to select the HCM Certificate Program and to submit required documents.

In addition to applying for admission to the Graduate School, applicants should submit the online Health Care Management Certificate Application.

Certificate Program Cost

The cost of the HCM Certificate program will be graduate tuition and program fee. As of 2016, the program fee is $447 per course.

Who Pursues a Certificate in Health Care Management?

Here are some typical participant profiles:

  • A physician interested in learning strategic management techniques and leadership.
  • A hospital nurse manager looking to increase management skills with courses in health care finance, economics and strategy.
  • A physician working as a medical director for a health care organization who would like to increase understanding of the economics of health care and principles of health care finance.
  • A health system administrator seeking the management expertise needed to take on greater financial and managerial responsibilities within the organization.
  • A specialty-group practice manager wishing to learn more about implementing population based health programs and improving negotiation skills.
  • Non-health care professionals who have recently transitioned or are interested in transitioning to a position in health care administration.

For More Information

For questions regarding admissions or administration, please contact Anne King, Certificate Program Coordinator, by phone at (937) 258-5558 or by email at anne.king@wright.edu.

For additional programmatic questions, please contact John McAlearney, Ph.D., director of the HCM Certificate Program, by phone at (937) 258-5555, or by email at john.mcalearney@wright.edu.

Program Faculty




James Brown Jr., M.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (WSU BSOM)
Mikki Clancy, CISA Miami Valley Hospital, Chief Operating Officer Premier Health
Ken Dahms, J.D., M.A. Volunteer Faculty WSU BSOM
Michele Dritz, M.D., M.S. Adolescent Medicine Physician Wright-Patterson Medical Center
James Ebert, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H. Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health WSU BSOM
Shaun Hamilton, M.P.H. System Director of Community Health Premier Health
Michael Kriner, B.S. Director, Global Benefits Teradata Corporation
Cameron McGregor, M.S.N., R.N. Vice President, Neuro-Science  Services Premier Health
John McAlearney, Ph.D. Health Economist & Assistant Professor WSU BSOM & Raj Soin College of Business
Daniel Mefford, C.P.A., M.B.A. Senior Consultant The Practice Resource Management Group, Inc.
Julie Liss-Katz, B.A. Vice President and Chief Government Affairs Officer Premier Health
Robin Rutledge, R.N., M.S. Vice President, Cardiovascular Services Premier Health
Edward Syron, Ph.D. Chief, Coordinated Care Center Dayton VA Medical Center
Marianne L. Weber, M.Arch., M.H.S.A. Vice President App Architecture
Bill Wharton, R.S., M.A. Public Information (retired) Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County
Michele Wilson, M.Ed. Organizational Effectiveness and Change Agent Premier Health
Edward Syron, Ph.D. Medical Administration Officer, Chief Coordinated Care Center Dayton VA Medical Center
J.D. Whitlock, M.P.H., M.B.A. Chief Medical Information Officer Catholic Health Partners

Comments from Current and Past Participants

  • 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 08/30/2016.