Discover technology-based solutions in today’s HR field.

Technology is causing many HR functions such as wellness programs and benefits information to be delivered via electronic means. Known as e-HR, this new model requires HR professionals to develop new skills and management techniques. The online Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management provides a convenient route to gaining these new skills — it can be completed in just nine to 15 months.

Coursework Details

This 12-credit program focuses on how employees make strategic management decisions and use technology within the HR context, and how to evaluate performance and processes to enhance organizational productivity.

*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.

HRAM 600: Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS)
In many organizations, employees mainly interact with HR through a portal rather than with a person. This transformation of HR service delivery requires a change in the way HR professionals perform their responsibilities. This course will examine leading performance and tracking tools, range of systems, and the role of cloud-based tools within the workplace and human resource management.

HRAM 610: Evaluating Hiring, Performance and Employee Metrics
Determining what metrics to measure and report depends on an organization’s strategy and goals. The implementation of an HR reporting system should be carefully planned and focus on the metrics that affect progress toward business goals. This course emphasizes the process of identifying which data are important, and how to measure and communicate goals for sustainability.

HRAM 630: Compliance and Risk Reduction Strategies
This course will explore workplace culture, legal requirements, and what metrics can inspire behavior change through compliance training. It will examine ethical and legal compliance issues; how to meet the needs of diverse audiences; and evaluations of investigations and workplace risk-avoidance training initiatives, with a focus on legal requirements, method definition and an evaluation of the delivery.

*Optional immersion on-campus.

The Advisory Council

These graduate certificate courses were developed with input from an expert advisory council comprised of HR leadership professionals in roles such as:

  • Human Resources Director
  • Manager of Training and Organizational Development
  • Senior HR Consultant
  • Assistant Vice President of Human Resources

Their direction was instrumental in developing coursework that could quickly close the skills gap between current trends and the workforce to provide graduates an immediate competitive edge in the HR industry.

Additional Professional Development Opportunities

American University has recently partnered with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to also offer two non-credit professional development courses: 

  • Learning Certification Preparation for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP
  • Essentials of Human Resources

These courses combine professional development and subject matter expertise to provide additional experience for a developing HR professional. Learn more here.

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

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