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Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration Curriculum

The Seton Hall Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is a 15-credit program. It is offered in both on-campus and online  delivery formats and comprises a combination of required and elective courses.

Note: Students pursuing the certificate may transfer credits to the Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) degree program if they decide to pursue the full program.

Course Listings

On-Campus Graduate Certificate Program (15 credits)

Required Courses (8 credits)

  • 21st Century Healthcare Systems (2 credits)
  • Healthcare Management (3 credits)
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting and Costing in Healthcare (3 credits)

Elective Courses (7 credits min.)

  • Population Health Management (3 credits)
  • Healthcare Policy (2 credits)
  • Health Economics (2 credits)
  • Strategic Planning and Marketing in Healthcare Organizations (3 credits)
  • Legal and Human Resources Issues in Healthcare (3 credits)
  • Quality and Risk Management in Healthcare (3 credits)
  • Ethics in Healthcare (2 credits)
  • Emergency Management for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • Research Methods and Statistical Analysis for Healthcare (3 credits)
  • Health Finance (2 credits)

Online Graduate Certificate Program (15 credits)

Curriculum requirements for the Online Graduate Certificate Program are the same as for the on-campus with one exception: Two courses, 21st Century Healthcare Systems (required) and Healthcare Policy (elective), are only offered as part of an Intensive Residency. See below for more information.

Required Courses (8 credits)

  • 21st Century Healthcare Systems* (offered during Orientation Intensive Residency only) (2 credits)
  • Healthcare Management (3 credits)
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting and Costing in Healthcare (3 credits)

Elective Courses (7 credits minimum)

  • Population Health Management (3 credits)
  • Healthcare Policy* (offered during Mid Intensive Residency only) (2 credits)
  • Health Economics (2 credits)
  • Strategic Planning and Marketing in Healthcare Organizations (3 credits)
  • Legal and Human Resources Issues in Healthcare (3 credits)
  • Quality and Risk Management in Healthcare (3 credits)
  • Ethics in Healthcare (2 credits)
  • Emergency Management for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • Research Methods and Statistical Analysis for Healthcare (3 credits)
  • Health Finance (2 credits)

*21st Century Healthcare Systems (required) and Healthcare Policy (elective) are ONLY offered as part of an Intensive Residency, which is the in-person component to the online program. Students in the online certificate program will be required to attend three days of the Intensive Residency in order to complete 21st Century Healthcare Systems (required course, HCAD 7521); online certificate students should consult with their advisor or the program coordinator if they are interested in the Healthcare Policy elective course. All other certificate courses are offered completely online. Learn more about the Intensive Residency component.

Course Descriptions

For a full description of any of the courses below, see the Seton Hall University Graduate Catalogue.

HCAD 6002 -Research Methods and Statistical Analysis for Healthcare
This course reviews and applies research study design methodologies (quantitative, qualitative and mixed), as well as statistics for healthcare professionals and practitioners. Topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, issues in sampling and hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and regression. Students use hands-on applications essential to developing, analyzing, and interpreting healthcare studies. Computer software is used for statistical analysis. 3 credits

HCAD 6005 Financial and Managerial Accounting and Costing in Healthcare
Provides a hands-on introduction to basic financial reports and financial analysis for planning and decision-making. Emphasizes tools for analyzing financial statements, determining profitability, cost and pricing models and budgeting critical for managerial decision making.  Comprehensive understanding of the application of financial information to support managerial planning, control, and resource allocation functions will be emphasized by exploring the interaction financial, strategic, organizational policy and the external environment information on decisions. 3 credits

HCAD 7513 Healthcare Management
This course studies the role of the contemporary healthcare manager with emphasis on identifying basic managerial skills and knowledge that contributes to effective healthcare administration. Course materials focus on contemporary knowledge, skills and real-world applications for management of diverse healthcare organizations. Prerequisite: HCAD 7521 or permission of instructor. 3 credits

HCAD 7517 Health Finance
Designed to enhance analytical and managerial decision-making skills; this course builds on the concepts presented in HCAD 6005 and covers financial analysis applications such as: working capital needs assessment, risk and return, capital planning, the use of debt and equity in organizational financing structures and the cost of capital as applied to health sector organizations.  By focusing on the proper application of financial analysis into the managerial decision making process this, course will enable students to become better stewards of scarce resources. This course has been designed to ensure that students understand, think through and correctly apply key financial concepts and processes to better manage health sector organizations. Prerequisite: HCAD 6005 or permission of instructor. 2 credits

HCAD 7519 Population Health Management
Population Health Management provides a comprehensive review of population health approaches, strategies, and programs designed to improve consumers’ access and quality of care while managing costs. Course content covers policy implications and delivery of population health approaches within the health sector, their impact on consumers and providers, and consumer engagement programs throughout the continuum of care. The course also integrates social determinant identification, basic managerial epidemiological concepts, and highlights the potential use of data analytics for decision-making. 3 credits

HCAD 7521 21st Century Healthcare Systems
Provides a systematic overview of the structures and organizations in US healthcare delivery systems with emphasis on interactions of governmental policy, authorities,(space)delivery systems, financing of health care, regulation, competition, organizational innovations in healthcare services and alternate delivery strategies. Also examines stakeholder interests. 2 credits

HCAD 7522 Healthcare Policy
A major overview of current U.S. health policies and their implications with in-depth study of the policy process and analytical approaches to decision making. Special emphasis on the nature and role of healthcare policy studies in decision-making. Also includes an examination of comparative international systems. Prerequisite: HCAD 7521 or permission of instructor. 2 credits

HCAD 8521 Quality and Risk Management in Healthcare
This course provides an overview of quality improvement and information management systems for health care leaders. Quality performance management models, approaches, tools, and techniques are presented in the context of organizational culture and leadership. Management techniques applicable to the use of health information systems are discussed along with QI/QM applications and topics - computerized records, order entry systems, and electronic health care applications. Reviews current ethical, legal and policy implications and regulations. Prerequisite: HCAD 6002 or permission of instructor. 3 credits

HCAD 8523 Ethics in Healthcare
This course offers students a basis for analyzing medical and healthcare ethics involving clinical practice, legal dimensions, and public policy. Personal, professional, and organizational ethical dilemmas and decision-making responsibilities are discussed in the context of contemporary healthcare factors and environment. 2 credits

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