Expand Your Skillset Quickly for a Fast-Changing Field

Successfully navigate healthcare changes in organizations with the online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management. You’ll learn to make informed decisions and improve care through your ability to evaluate and act on vast amounts of data. The certificate powers your operations in the new, values-based financial model of healthcare and integrates technology to improve processes and delivery.


The 12-credit certificate program, offered entirely online, consists of four courses designed with input from a council of expert healthcare sciences professionals who provided advice and guidance on competencies, standards, and industry trends to ensure that coursework is immediately applicable to today’s needs. The program is taught by current practitioners in healthcare management and evaluation who have decades of experience.

*SPEX 660: Data-Driven Decision Making
The primary goal of this course is to explore quantitative and qualitative tools and methods used to evaluate, present, and communicate data (big and small). Students will also learn how to summarize and communicate findings to stakeholders so that they may make informed decisions that will improve the overall quality and efficiency of an organization. Topics include asking the right questions of data, constructing Statements of Work for performance and impact evaluation, conducting t-tests, ANOVA, ANCOVA, matching, differences in differences, regression discontinuity in program evaluation, and disseminating quantitative findings. No prerequisites.

HCS 600: Standards & Systems in U.S. Healthcare
Learn to evaluate the U.S. healthcare delivery systems and the impact varying initiatives have on the quality, cost and access of healthcare. You’ll learn to make smart organizational decisions through your understanding of tiered services, preventative healthcare, trends in healthcare utilization, and the role of major providers and payers.

HCS 610: Principles of Health Information Technology & Innovation
This course introduces students to the principles and strategies used to acquire and use information technology to improve healthcare. Students will become familiar with current industry trends in healthcare IT and apply theories of innovation and quality improvement to design successful processes and strategies that will positively impact the quality of patient care.

HCS 640: Evaluating New Models of Care Delivery & Payment
Maximize a successful transition to value-based healthcare when you understand how to best assess and apply varying types of care and payment models under a variety of circumstances. Learn how emergent models of care delivery and payment impacts providers and patients in terms of costs, quality and outcomes.

*Optional immersion on-campus.

Certificate Completion

Coursework can be fulfilled in just nine to 15 months, so you can apply skills immediately and advance your career. This 12-credit certificate program is offered entirely online — complete it when and where it’s most convenient for you. If you decide to pursue the online MS in Healthcare Management at a later date, you’ll use these 12 credits towards the full degree.

To learn more about American University’s online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management program, call 855.725.7614 to speak with an admissions representative or request more information.

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