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Graduate Business Certificate in Health Care Administration

This graduate business certificate increases marketability, strengthens knowledge in an area vital to business and leadership, and enhances earning potential.

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Matthew R. Bice, PhD

Dean of Graduate and Online Education

Health Care Administration


The certificate focuses on one of the nation’s fastest growing and most challenging industries: health care administration.

Enroll now: 30% discount (off $637 per credit hour) for new students.

Students will develop foundational knowledge, explore health care policy, look at politics and ethics, and explore organizational adaptability, measures and benchmarks in the American health care industry.

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HCA 520 Advanced Concepts of Health Care Administration

Students analyze organizational dynamics and complex operational and regulatory factors that must be aligned to ensure the highest quality care and greatest efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Operational divisions, functions, and groups including professional providers, caregivers, and support services such as finance management, information services, human resources, plant services, and marketing are explored concerning their integral value, purpose, function, and unique perspectives. Emphasis on the creation of an environment of continuous improvement and organizational adaptability and success are explored. Measures and benchmarks of success are integrated throughout the course.

HCA 540 Integrating Ethics in Health Care

Students explore the ethical components, dilemmas, and obligations in American health care organizations and systems. Specifically, ethical issues related to caregiving and bioethics, demographic trends, relationships among organizational professionals and staff, delivery models, securing and allocating scarce resources, ethical terminology, and technology are examined. Health care organizational ethics and obligations are analyzed, emphasizing the role of manager/leader in creating an ethical culture of care delivery and cost-effectiveness. Various ethical decision-making models are compared and applied to case scenarios while incorporating and using ethical terminology.

HCA 550 Managing Health Care Information Systems

Students focus on the increasing presence of and reliance on information technology and information systems in health care organizations and systems of all sizes and purposes. Today’s health care manager/leader must understand the use, types, benefits, and limitations of information technology on structure, processes, and work design. Infrastructure requirements and cost, security, and related regulation and law are reviewed. The selection and alignment of information management with organizational strategic planning to achieve high levels of performance are emphasized throughout.

HCA 560 Hospital Management

Hospital Management provides a framework for addressing management problems in hospitals and other health care organizations. By the end of the course, students will have been exposed to many management ideas, theories, and applications.

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Enrollment Requirements

  • Completed application form (choose NDS: nondegree seeking)
  • Official or unofficial transcript indicating a bachelor’s degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Access to email and Internet

Baker Is Military Friendly

Military Advanced Education named Baker University one of America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. Veterans and active-duty service members and their spouses may qualify for tuition discounts.

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