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.

Designed For You

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.

  • Low tuition with interest-free payment plans as low as $100/month.
  • Flexible programs designed to fit into your busy schedule. Self-paced study with no group projects, set meeting times, or exam dates.
  • The program is not structured in semesters, quarters, or terms. It is designed to allow students to begin their online studies at any time of the year.
  • CCU offers a tuition discount for Active Duty Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Government Employees, and CCU Graduates.
    We also offer a 10% discount for Corporate Partner employees. For more information on how to become a Corporate Partner, see our Corporate Partnership Information Page.
    *Employment verification is required. Offer good for students who enrolled after April 2018 and were offered discount at time of enrollment. Offer is not retroactive for students already enrolled. Discount and/or prices subject to change and/or cancellation at any time without notice. This offer cannot be combined with any other discount(s).
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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 .
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:

  • Emphasize why it is important for health care managers to understand the intricacies of the health care delivery system.
  • Explore some of the developments and key forces that will likely shape the delivery of health services in the future.
  • Differentiate between the concepts of group insurance, self-insurance, individual health insurance, and managed care.
  • Develop an understanding of the various types of outpatient settings and services.
  • Analyze the future challenges in wellness and prevention, chronic care, and long-term care.
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

Required units may be satisfied in the following ways:

  • California Coast University has developed comprehensive Study Guides, for each course, that are designed to coordinate and sequence the learning materials within the required textbook. The following points will help to illustrate how the Study Guides are designed:

    • Study Guides are based on specific college level textbooks, which may be obtained from local bookstores, the publisher, or the University's Rental Library.
    • Each Study Guide is organized with a complete syllabus, along with instructional materials to guide the student chapter by chapter through the corresponding textbook.
    • Each Study Guide contains an overview and summary of all textbook chapters, along with a listing of important keywords (with definitions), and self-tests (with answers) on key points.
    • Study Guides include 4 unit exams equally spaced throughout the instructional materials, one writing assignment per unit, and the final examination.
    • Education certificate students are required to complete four written assignments for each unit examination in lieu of the 4 multiple-choice unit exams that are required for other programs.
    • Examinations are designed to test the student on the information contained within the preceding chapters.
    • All tests have no time limit and may be completed as open book tests.
  • Transcripts of previously completed academic work are evaluated and credit may be transferred to meet existing coursework requirements. The following guidelines are utilized when accepting transfer credit for a certificate program:

    • The University will accept transfer credit from applicable courses completed at colleges or universities accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or foreign equivalent.
    • Certificate students may receive transfer credit for up to 6 semester units of previously completed coursework. Students may transfer up to 9 semester units of credit completed at California Coast University.
    • To be eligible for graduate academic credit, transfer grades must be equivalent to a letter grade of B (3.0 GPA) or higher.
  • During the admissions process, all professional experience is reviewed to determine if an applicant has sufficient occupational experience to warrant completing a Challenge Examination in lieu of a Study Guide for a particular course. The following factors are considered:

    • An applicant may be offered an opportunity to complete a Challenge Examination if the candidate's occupational expertise appears to be comparable to the objectives identified for a particular course.
    • Successfully passing a Challenge Examination will demonstrate an acceptable level of competence for that course.
    • If a student does not pass a Challenge Examination they are assigned a Study Guide for completion.
    • The maximum amount of Challenge Examinations allowed for each program level are: Associate 4; Bachelor's 10; Master's 2; Doctorate 0; and Certificates 1.