Health Care Management
Graduate Certificate Online Program

The graduate certificate program in Health Care Management provides a learning environment where students with professional experience can supplement their existing practical knowledge with new theoretical knowledge of health care organizations, health care organizational behavior, health care law, and related health care administration topics. The program offers a curriculum for health care professionals and administrators designed to develop the strategic management and leadership skills of its students.

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The California Coast University online Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

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Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

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The Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management consists of 4 total courses.
The required courses are comprised of: 4  Core Courses .
There are 12 total semester units in this program.

4 Core Courses

The online Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management is comprised of the following 4 courses. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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ID Course Name Units
HCA 501 Health Care in America  3

Health Care in America provides a comprehensive overview of the basic structures and operations of the U.S. health care system, from its historical origins and resources to its individual services, costs, and quality. Using a unique “systems” approach, it brings together an extraordinary breadth of information and a solid overview of how the various components fit together.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts of health and describe the nature of the U.S. healthcare system.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of health system resources including financing, health service professionals, and medical technology.
  • Examine the healthcare system processes regarding patient care.
  • Describe healthcare system outcomes including cost, access, quality, and policy.
  • Identify forces of future change in healthcare delivery and analyze global issues related to healthcare.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to delivering health care in America.
HCA 503 Ethical and Legal Issues for Health Care Professionals  3

Ethical and Legal Issues for Health Care Professionals will help students prepare for the ethical issues they will experience on the job and teach them how to evaluate the right and wrong courses of action when faced with complicated legal problems. Through contemporary topics presented with a real-world perspective, students will develop the critical thinking skills needed for the moral dilemmas they will encounter in the health care environment.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define ethics, and analyze its importance and application to certain health care dilemmas.
  • Evaluate relevant ethical theories and principles.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary ethical dilemmas and end-of-life dilemmas.
  • Assess a variety of ethical and legal issues that arise in selected health care professions, and analyze the function and purpose of ethics committees.
  • Examine patients rights and responsibilities as well as the issue of informed consent.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to ethical and legal issues for health care professionals.
HCA 505 Multicultural Health Care  3

Multicultural Health Care explores the meaning of health disparities within the context of the demographic changes that are taking place in the U.S. The course examines why the health status gap has not been closed and why the gap is widest between the Black and White population. The course addresses the definition of diversity, who defines it, and its importance to the delivery of health care. The course also discusses healthcare reform and Obamacare. Additionally, the course takes a look at the importance of religion and spirituality in the lives of racial and ethnic groups.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Address the foundations of multicultural health, and explain the importance of cultural competency and linguistic competency.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of theories and models related to multicultural health.
  • Analyze issues related to specific cultural groups regarding their general philosophies of health, healing traditions, risk factors, and common health problems.
  • Examine health disparities and future trends for eliminating health disparities.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to multicultural health care.
HCA 507 Organizational Behavior in Health Care  3

Organizational Behavior in Health Care integrates the study of organizational behavior and organizational theory within the dynamic context of the healthcare industry. Students will explore healthcare organizations from both the micro-level (individual behavior in leadership, intrapersonal and interpersonal issues, groups and teams, and managing organizational change), as well as the macro-level (the organization as a whole).

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define the history and important aspects of organizational behavior related to healthcare.
  • Analyze behaviors from an individual, group, and team perspective as they relate to a healthcare organization.
  • Evaluate theories of motivation and leadership, and their relationship to organizational behavior.
  • Describe the role of organizational change, theory, and design in healthcare.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to organizational behavior in healthcare.

Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Leadership, Management; or a Bachelor Degree in another field may be considered if the Admission Committee evaluation indicates that the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program.

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