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. 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. Enter UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management program.

This graduate certificate 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.

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.

Graduate Certificate Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management 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.

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.

HCA 720: Leadership and Strategic Management in Healthcare Settings (Credits: 3)

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 the strategic management of healthcare organizations. Using case-based study techniques, students explore practice and system management, strategic planning, and change leadership. Students combine this insight into health leadership with the actionable insight offered through effective health informatics and business intelligence practices, to craft optimal solutions to internal organizational processes and to external business decisions.

HCA 765: Communication for Healthcare Leaders (Credits: 3)

Students in the course will examine concepts, theories, and best practices for communication in the professional workplace. The goal of this course is to refine your written, oral and visual communication. Participants in this course will develop strategies to create meaningful communication for a vast audience. Students will enhance their skills in natural and scholarly writing, oral presentation, and visual demonstrations.

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 four to six months taking more than one course each eight-week term.

Choose your own start time

Earning your Graduate Certificate in 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.

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 Healthcare Management 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 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




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.