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Department of Population and Public Health Sciences

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:

Application Process

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:

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

For additional programmatic questions, please contact John McAlearney, Ph.D., Director of the HCM Certificate Program, by email at

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, 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
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

Last edited on 09/21/2023.