School of Health and Medical Sciences

CAHME accreditedThe online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is a non-matriculating program, designed for individuals who would like to explore a career in healthcare administration, who already have a graduate degree but need to develop specific healthcare management skills, or who would like to enroll in a selected set of graduate healthcare administration courses. Courses taken in the certificate program can later be applied to the Master of Healthcare Administration degree program, once an application has been submitted and accepted.

How Do I Apply?

To apply to the online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration please submit an online application, along with the following:

  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • An essay answering the question provided in the application
  • A résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation

For more information, please contact Patrick McDermott, Director of Graduate Admissions, at (973) 275-2062 or patrick.mcdermott@shu.edu.

Coursework

The online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is earned by successfully completing three required courses, two elective online courses and one independent study (minimum of 15 credits).

Required Courses (8 credits)

Course Number
Course Title
Credits
HCAD 7521
Introduction to Healthcare Systems/Orientation Residency 2
HCAD 7513Healthcare Management
3
HCAD 7514
Healthcare Financial Management and Accounting
3

Elective Courses (Minimum 7 credits)

Complete any 2 of the following courses:

Course Number Course Title Credits 
HCAD 6002
Research Methods and Statistical Analysis 3
HCAD 6005Financial Management and Control3
HCAD 7518
Managing Community Health Systems 3
HCAD 8514
Healthcare Economics 3
HCAD 8517
Strategic Planning and Marketing
3
HCAD 8518
Legal and Human Resource Issues in Healthcare 3
HCAD 8521
Quality and Information Management Systems 3
HCAD 8523
Healthcare Ethics
2
HCAD 8531
Managing Emergency Preparedness and Health Security3

For complete course descriptions, click here.

The "PSMA" course designation has been changed to "HCAD" as of Fall 2011.

Learn more about the full M.H.A. degree program.

Tuition

The tuition for the online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration covers all fees and tuition relating to the courses and the on-campus orientation residency (hotel, meals, etc.). Expenses not included in tuition are the application fee, books, travel to and from the residency, and your computer. Please call please contact Patrick McDermott, Director of Graduate Admissions, at patrick.mcdermott@shu.edu or (973) 275-2062 for the current tuition.

Financial Aid

We encourage you to learn more about financial aid. This link will explain some options that you have for financing your MHA education. Some financial aid options may include employer tuition remission programs and the G.I. Bill Yellow Ribbon Program. 

Patricia Edwards, M.A.
Director of Online Learning (SHMS)
973-761-7968
patricia.edwards@shu.edu

Patrick McDermott, M.A.
Director of Graduate Admissions (SHMS)
(973) 275-2062
patrick.mcdermott@shu.edu

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