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 degree program 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 degree program is comprised of the following 4 courses. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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:

  • Analyze what ethics is, its importance, and its application to certain health care dilemmas.
  • Evaluate relevant ethical theories and principles.
  • Examine various historical events that have had an impact on the resolution of ethical dilemmas.
  • Assess a variety of ethical and legal issues that arise in selected health care professions (e.g., nursing, emergency services, laboratory, pharmacy, and radiology).
  • Evaluate how various codes of professional ethics address a patient’s right to informed consent and self-determination.
HCA 505 Multicultural Health Care  3

Multicultural Health Care explores multicultural models of health, illness, and treatments or therapies to deepen the student’s understanding of the scientific, sociocultural, philosophical, psychological, and spiritual foundations of various unconventional healing systems and their approaches to prevention, health promotion, healing, and maintenance of well-being. These multicultural or alternative approaches to health care and to modern conventional medicine are seen as complementary to the biomedical model as they blend body/mind/spirit, science, tradition, and cross-cultural avenues of diagnosis.

Course Objectives

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

  • Examine how historical factors, behaviors, and belief systems within a particular culture influence a person’s views of health, illness, treatment, and health care.
  • Analyze the major concepts and principles governing the multicultural healing approaches or alternative healing systems presented throughout this course.
  • Define and explain common terms related to the various alternative-healing systems discussed.
  • Compare and contrast some of the emotional, spiritual, psychological, physical, geographical, and behavioral factors influencing health, the manifestation of illnesses, and the therapeutic techniques used in the various cultural healing systems presented.
  • Assess various approaches practitioners use to diagnose and treat illnesses within their particular medical system.
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:

  • Analyze the major challenges facing today and tomorrow’s health care organizations and health care managers.
  • Evaluate why changes in U.S. demographics affect the healthcare industry.
  • Classify the common barriers to communication and utilize various methods to overcome communication barriers.
  • Apply the various contingency theories of leadership to today’s work environments.
  • Examine how stress can negatively affect individuals and organizations.
  • Analyze the importance of group dynamics.

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.

FAQ About Coursework

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