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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.)
  • Managing Community and Population Health Systems (3 credits)
  • Healthcare Policy (2 credits)
  • Healthcare Economics (3 credits)
  • Strategic Planning and Marketing in Healthcare Organizations (3 credits)
  • Legal Aspects of Healthcare Organizations (3 credits)
  • Quality and Information Management Systems (3 credits)
  • Ethics in Healthcare Administration (2 credits)
  • Emergency Management and Health Security (3 credits)
  • Research Methods and Statistical Analysis (3 credits)
  • Healthcare Financial Management (3 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)
  • Managing Community and Population Health Systems (3 credits)
  • Healthcare Policy* (offered during Mid Intensive Residency only) (2 credits)
  • Healthcare Economics (3 credits)
  • Strategic Planning and Marketing in Healthcare Organizations (3 credits)
  • Legal Aspects of Healthcare Organizations (3 credits)
  • Quality and Information Management Systems (3 credits)
  • Ethics in Healthcare Administration (2 credits)
  • Emergency Management and Health Security (3 credits)
  • Research Methods and Statistical Analysis (3 credits)
  • Healthcare Financial Management (3 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
This course provides a hands - on introduction to basic accounting and financial statements and their analysis for planning and decision-making. Emphasizes tools of analyzing financial statements as well as key management issues of profitability, liquidity, and costing and pricing decision. Recent changes in financial regulation of organizations as well as strategic management tools such as Logic Models and Balanced Scorecards are applied to support comprehensive understanding of financial planning, analysis and decision making. 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 7514 Healthcare Financial Management
Designed to enhance both analytical and decision-making skills, this course covers financial analysis such as time value, risk and return, capital structure and cost of capital as applied to healthcare organizations and explores the use of equity and debt as part of the financial structure. Understanding and application of financial analysis and related managerial decision-making concept, in turn will lead to the development of 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 healthcare organizations. Prerequisite: HCAD 6005 or permission of instructor. 3 credits

HCAD 7518 Managing Community and Population Health Systems
Designed to examine the manager's role, responsibilities and involvement in developing, implementing, and evaluating strategies for community health initiatives. Topics covered include community health assessment techniques, collaboration strategies, and the application of population management models for health promotion. Emphasis on managerial epidemiology (study of distribution and determinants of diseases) and its integration with health systems planning to meet local community needs.Prerequisite: HCAD 7521 or permission of instructor. 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,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 Information Management Systems
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 a lo ng 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 Administration
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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