Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Law, and Compliance

Redesigned models of health require committed professionals dedicated to healthcare compliance.

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. Organizations are required to maintain compliance with Medicare requirements, federal and state healthcare laws, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and many other entities in observance of current healthcare policies. In an effort to sustain compliance, healthcare organizations need teams of competent experts to manage and implement existing regulations.

 The broad applications of healthcare compliance span both direct and indirect points of care within the industry including hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and insurance providers. Updated health policies and laws that help advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice demand ongoing review executed by the individuals who are equipped with the resources to audit, implement, and manage requirements established by law.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Law, and Compliance 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.

Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate have the opportunity to build on their Healthcare Administration education and stack earned credits towards coursework requirements to earn their Master of Healthcare Administration degree. Optional focus areas are available to diversify their learning around specific career pathways including health data analytics, public health, or an individualized approach.


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.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Law, and Compliance requires you to complete 12 credit hours of required courses. 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 six months or less by taking more than one course each eight-week term.

Students who successfully earn the Health, Law, and Compliance 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

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.

Transfer credit policy

Upon acceptance, students may apply to transfer up to 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 into the Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Law, and Compliance program, the course must:

  • Be classified as graduate level.
  • Have been taken within five years of application.
  • Have been completed with a grade of “B” or better.
  • 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.



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.