Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Law, and Compliance

Professionals dedicated to healthcare compliance are needed to oversee the redesign of health models.

UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Law, and Compliance was designed to develop professionals who will support healthcare organizations in their effort to sustain compliance, as well as to manage and implement existing regulations.

Effective healthcare compliance and policy regulations exist with a distinct focus on improving the patient experience of care and outcomes, but the standards that help to govern and enforce protecting those efforts within healthcare are complex.

This Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Law, and Compliance develops students’ understanding of the healthcare regulatory framework, delivers insight into the policies that shape American healthcare, and strengthens the skills needed to advocate for advanced care.

Program Course Structure



Each course has been designed by public health experts & administrators with employer demand in mind.


Months to Complete

Gain advanced credentials in one semester, or less, with dedicated coaching & support.


Week Course Length

Concentrated learning with ready-to-use skills for modern health policy & compliance.

Graduate Certificate Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Law, and Compliance requires you to complete 12 credit hours of required courses:

This course provides an overview of the history, challenges, and opportunities facing healthcare administrators today. Topics will include the ongoing transition from a pay-for-services model of healthcare delivery to accountable care networks, emerging public health and healthcare partnerships, and the ability to obtain care for vulnerable populations.

This course explores legislation and regulation relating to health informatics. The course will examine the major laws and agency regulations governing healthcare technology, data collection, management, and privacy, as well as the security standards required for healthcare and health-related organizations. Students will explore the intent behind, and ethical dimensions of, health informatics regulatory frameworks, using case studies of recent health information uses, security breaches, and challenges to interoperability. This course will also look ahead to the impact of future Health IT regulations.

This course explores the range of legal and ethical issues facing healthcare administrators and providers. Students will gain expertise analyzing legal and ethical dimensions of healthcare from administrative, clinical, and organizational perspectives. Current issues, as well as perennial conflicts in healthcare law and ethics, will provide real-world case studies for students to research and debate. Throughout the course, students will gain practice integrating core healthcare law and ethics concepts and practices into their leadership approaches to ensuring excellent patient care.

This course brings together graduate students in public health, education, healthcare administration, health informatics, nutrition, and social work to work collaboratively to learn the fundamentals of policy-making as applied to the broad issue of student health in an educational setting. Students work in interprofessional groups to identify the social problem, describe the policy context, map potential policy solutions, and make final recommendations in an individually-written policy analysis that incorporates learning from their interprofessional peers. Students will explore the structure and function of government systems as they relate to values-driven policy decisions.


All courses are graduate level and taught in eight-week terms, allowing you to take two courses each term. The Health Policy, Law, and Compliance certificate is two semesters in length, which is the time equivalent of eight months (presuming you choose to take a regular course load consisting of one course each eight-week term, two courses per semester). To accelerate earning your certificate, you may complete the program in four to six months by taking more than one course each eight-week term.

Choose your own start time

Earning your graduate certificate in Health Policy, Law, and Compliance can fit into your busy schedule with multiple start times throughout the year. UNE Online offers rolling admission with six start dates (two per semester)—Spring, Summer, and Fall—so you can begin as soon as you’re ready to start.

Start with a Graduate Certificate, Transfer it to a Master’s Degree Later

Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate can “stack” earned credits into UNE’s 100% online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program. This can be done immediately or within several years after completion of the graduate certificate. Reach out to an enrollment counselor at or (866) 722-5096 for more details on this opportunity.

After completing the four courses in the Health Policy, Law, and Compliance Graduate Certificate, to earn the Master of Healthcare Administration, students would then need to take the following eight courses:

This course introduces students to central health informatics tools, techniques, and concepts used to improve health outcomes through technology. Students explore various healthcare technology platforms, how data is used in healthcare, and how the need for cybersecurity and health data privacy shape the information infrastructure that powers modern healthcare. This course offers students a framework for deeper understanding of many of the concepts explored in subsequent coursework.

This course explores the dynamic between healthcare delivery and leveraging data for enhanced patient outcomes. Given an increased scrutiny on empirical value-based care metrics for payer reimbursement, the strategic use of data will be key in new continuum of care models. Students will complete this course with a solid understanding of healthcare quality standards, the regulations around those standards, and how they are affected by the use of technology and data analysis. Key themes will include quality improvement methodologies, measuring and interpreting quality data, strategies to increase healthcare process reliability.

This course explores the challenges and opportunities facing healthcare leaders and organizations in an age of accountable care, and examines the critical role health data and informatics can and should play in strategic management. Using case-based study techniques, students explore practice and system management, strategic planning, and change leadership. Students combine these insights into health leadership with the actionable insights offered through effective health informatics and business intelligence practices, to craft optimal solutions to internal organizational processes and to external business decisions.

This course explores the fundamentals of finance and economics in a health care system at both the local system and national levels. Healthcare leadership increasingly depends upon deep and strategic understanding of the complex payor systems that provide revenue to their organizations. Students will gain expertise crafting strategic approaches to managing market supply and demand, the economics of care and managed care, budgeting, accounting, and fiscal reporting.

The implementation or integration of major projects or initiatives, such as a new healthcare technology system requires careful planning and organization. This course will provide students with widely-accepted concepts and skills that can be used and scaled to successfully complete projects of varying sizes. Through course work, students will gain experience with the common language used by professionals involved in project management. Students will explore concepts of project charter, work breakdown structures, scheduling, risk planning, and project reporting.

This course is the culmination of the student’s learning throughout the Healthcare Administration program. Combining the leadership theories and practices they have studied, the challenges facing the healthcare sector they have explored, and the contextual practice they have gained through their focus area courses, students will develop a research-based inquiry into healthcare leadership that addresses a current or emerging challenge relevant to their professional goals.

Plus two electives

Transfer credit policy

Upon acceptance, students may apply to transfer one 3-credit course (maximum three semester credits) into the Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Law, and Compliance program. In order to be considered for transfer, the course must be classified as graduate level, have been taken within five years of application, completed with a grade of “B” or better, and be equivalent to one of the required program courses or an elective course that meets the goals of the student’s education

To request consideration for transfer credit, a student must provide an official transcript and a course syllabus for each course. Your enrollment counselor or student support specialist can assist you with this request.



Students who successfully earn the Health, Law, and Compliance graduate certificate are able to:

  • Develop healthcare quality improvement proposals that align with the complex system of legal and regulatory compliance that governs the healthcare system
  • Analyze significant policies that have shaped the American healthcare system
  • Critically evaluate healthcare interests and goals to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
  • Stack earned credits from each course into a Master of Healthcare Administration degree





If you have any questions about the coursework or the program requirements, please speak to one of our enrollment counselors at the email or phone number below.