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Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration Curriculum

The Seton Hall Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is a 15-credit program, offered in both on-campus and online delivery formats.

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 and Online Graduate Certificate Program (15 credits)

Required Courses (8 credits)

  • HCAD 7521 - 21st Century Healthcare Systems (2 credits)
  • HCAD 7513 - Healthcare Management (3 credits)
  • HCAD 6005 - Financial and Managerial Accounting and Costing in Healthcare (3 credits)
  • HCAD 7519 - Population Health Management (3 credits)
  • HCAD 7522 - Healthcare Policy (2 credits)
  • HCAD 8523 - Ethics in Healthcare (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 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 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, 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 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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