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Certificate in Health Services Administration

Program Description

This program is designed for you if you are currently working in health care administration or public health, or seeking a career in fields related to health care and health administration. The program will provide you with a foundation of leadership, strategic and health care management skills.



Required Courses (5 courses overall)

Required Course (1 course)

SHS 100 Foundations of Social & Health Services

 Select four (4) of the following:

HCA 105 Introduction to Public Health
HCA 411 Grant Writing
HCA 413 Moral and Ethical Issues in Health Care
HCA 415 Health Care Administration I
HCA 416 Health Care Administration II


Course Descriptions

SHS 100 – Foundations of Social and Health Services
Examines the historical, philosophical, and theoretical frameworks of professional social and health services in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical bases of developmental psychology, including structural theory, ego psychology and adaptation, object relations, and life cycle development. (3 credits) Fall, Spring

HCA 105 – Introduction to Public Health
Introduces students who are currently practicing in health care fields to an overview of public health on a state and national level. Students will learn about the public health system, including infectious disease, chronic disease, occupational health, injury control, maternal and child health, regulation, behavioral health issues, surveillance, quality assurance, and policy. (3 credits) Fall

PA 411/SHS 411 – Grant Writing
Cross-listed as SHS 411 Provides a working knowledge of the various sources of funds available to the grant writer as well as the terminology and the components (problem statements, objectives, methodology, evaluation, budget) of various funding applications and instruments. At the conclusion of the course the student will have the skills to do basic research for a grant proposal and to write a proposal. (3 credits)

HCA 413 – Moral and Ethical Issues in Health Care
Introduces students, currently employed (or intending to be employed) in the health care field, to the moral/ethical issues and dilemmas facing the healthcare industry/employee(s) today and into the future. A sampling of selected topics that will be discussed and researched include: informed consent, euthanasia, rationing of health care services, advance directives, biomedical research, heroic measures, the uninsured and underinsured. (3 credits) Spring, Summer

HCA 415 – Health Care Administration I
Provides the foundation for health care management in an era of health care reform. The issues relate to the overview of emerging trends in the health systems, human resources, leadership, communication, decision making, marketing, quality assurance and financial management. This course is intended for the individual currently employed or interested in the health care field and functioning in the management system. (3 credits) Spring, Summer

HCA 416 – Health Care Administration II
Builds upon the foundation provided in the Health Care Administration I course. Through discussion, readings, and two assigned written projects, the students cover topics inclusive of: an overview of the healthcare delivery system in the U.S., economics of health care, labor relations, legal issues, health planning, healthcare reform, and ethical issues in health care. (3 credits) Fall