Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

The healthcare workforce you entered isn’t the same healthcare you’re determined to lead.

Healthcare has and continues to experience periods of unprecedented change and challenge. Healthcare leadership faces the task of doing more with less, meeting the widespread growth of consumerism across patients, keeping pace with rapid gains in healthcare technology advancements, and aiming attention towards population health management among top responsibilities within their roles. As continued developments are introduced across the industry, healthcare systems are changing leadership requirements for skills, credentials or expertise.

Healthcare organizations are demanding leaders who demonstrate competency in change management, a talent for influencing rather than instructing, strategic problem solving, and an instinct for innovative thinking. Demand for professionals who can fill these positions continues to rise, with the most successful candidates already fluent in the language of healthcare and an understanding of the industry demands.

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management prepares you to master the leadership skills and capabilities required to succeed as a healthcare manager and lead your team using best practices in communication, strategy, and collaboration. It will teach you contemporary workforce skills that allow you to stand out in a competitive marketplace.

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 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 healthcare management.

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management 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 Healthcare Management 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 Healthcare Management certificate are able to:

  • Apply technology and the healthcare quality framework to meet the goals of the triple aim of improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare
  • Demonstrate mastery of leadership skills and tactics required of healthcare managers and executives in the current healthcare environment
  • Recognize the rhetorical and stylistic elements necessary for the successful communication of healthcare management strategies, policies, and procedures
  • Stack earned credits from each course into a Master of Healthcare Administration degree

Choose your own start time

Earning your graduate certificate healthcare management 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 Healthcare Management program.

In order to be considered for transfer into the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management 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.