Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Law, and Compliance

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

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. In an effort to sustain compliance, healthcare organizations need teams of competent experts to manage and implement existing regulations. Enter UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Law, and Compliance program.

This graduate certificate program develops an understanding of the healthcare regulatory framework, delivers insight into the policies that shape American healthcare, and strengthen 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:

HCA 601: Introduction to Health Administration (Credits: 3)

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.

HIN 625: Health Information Legislation, Compliance, Privacy and Security (Credits: 3)

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.

HCA 630: Healthcare Law and Ethics (Credits: 3)

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.

GPH 702: An Interprofessional Approach to Policy and Advocacy (Credits: 3)

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 three separate start times—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.

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.