Health Care Management Certificate Program
The Health Care Management (HCM) Certificate Program offers a curriculum designed to develop strategic management and leadership skills applicable to the health care industry.
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 participants can lead effectively, improve quality, increase productivity and better manage organizational costs.
Co-sponsored by WSU's Raj Soin College of Business (RSCoB) and the Boonshoft School of Medicine, the HCM Certificate Program is designed for physicians, nurses and other health care providers; administrators; and others who could benefit from master's-level business courses focused specifically on the health care sector.
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 enroll in the certificate program and then successfully complete the following three courses:
- PPH 6500/7050: Health Systems & 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.
- PPH 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.
To be admitted to the program, students must first be accepted into the WSU Graduate School and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 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 Health Care Management Certificate Program and to submit required documents.
If you are a current graduate student enrolled at WSU, please complete the online application for the Health Care Management Certificate only (see below). You will not need to apply through the WSU Graduate School.
All applicants should submit the online Health Care Management Certificate Program application along with a one- to two-page personal statement describing your professional background and interest in the program.
(Note: WSU degree students pursuing a concentration with the same curricular requirements are not eligible for the program since the achievement of a graduate degree with a concentration supersedes the certificate.)
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
Review Certificate Student Handbook
For questions regarding admissions or administration, please contact Lori Metivier, Program Coordinator, by phone at (937) 775-1427 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional programmatic questions, please contact John McAlearney, Ph.D., Director of the HCM Certificate Program, by email at email@example.com.
|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, System Vice President of Oncology Services||Premier Health|
|Michele Dritz, M.D., M.S.||Adolescent Medicine Physician||Retired|
|James Ebert, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.||Professor Emeritus||WSU BSOM|
|Tory Hogan, Ph.D.||Adjunct Faculty||WSU BSOM|
|David Homan||Director of Strategy & Innovation – Shareholder||McGohan Brabender|
|Nick Lair, MHA||System Vice President, Operations & Network||Premier Health Group|
|Cameron McGregor, M.S.N., R.N.||Chief Operating Officer||MsMedicine.com|
|John McAlearney, Ph.D.||Health Economist & Assistant Professor||WSU BSOM & Raj Soin College of Business|
|Edward Syron, Ph.D.||Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine||WSU BSOM|
|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.||Director of Operations, Primary Care, Southern Region||Premier Health|
|J.D. Whitlock, M.P.H., M.B.A.||Chief Medical Information Officer||Dayton Children's Hospital|
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