Graduate Certificate Program in Health Management

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Available as a blended program!

The Graduate Certificate in Health Management provides students with a solid foundation for career opportunities arising in the healthcare industry due to technological development, the increasing percentage of older people in our society, and the demands to provide efficient yet high-quality patient care.

Employment opportunities for managers in teaching and community hospitals as well as rehabilitation hospitals, nursing homes and homecare agencies are increasing. Positions are also available in ambulatory clinics, insurance companies and health maintenance organizations. This graduate certificate provides a background for expanding employment opportunities and career paths for professional growth for both clinicians and non-clinicians. The certificate program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation to pursue a Master's degree.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Health Management at UMass Lowell with a GPA of 3.5 or higher may waive the GRE requirement if applying to the Master's Degree in Health Informatics and Management. Upon acceptance into the master's degree, the courses from the certificate for which the student received a grade of 3.0 or higher may be transferred into the Master's Degree in Health Informatics and Management.

For specific questions on this program, please call Dr. Robert Holmes at 978-934-5318 or email

Required Courses:

  1. PUBH.5110 Health Care Finance - Available Summer 2017!
  2. PUBH.5140 Healthcare Management - Available Summer 2017!

Elective Courses (choose two):

  1. PUBH.5020 Organizational Behavior in Health Care - Available Summer 2017!
  2. PUBH.5060 Quantitative Methods in Health Management
  3. PUBH.5150 Applied Health Economics
  4. PUBH.5270 Planning and Marketing in Healthcare
  5. PUBH.5120 Operations Analysis for Quality Improvement
  6. PUBH.5310 Health Informatics - Available Summer 2017!
  7. PUBH.6070 Healthcare Information Systems - Available Summer 2017!
  8. PUBH.6160 Law and Ethics in Healthcare - Available Summer 2017!
  9. PUBH.6250 Health Policy
  10. PUBH.6260 Leadership in Healthcare
  11. PUBH.6270 Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health
  12. PUBH.6320 Health Information System Planning
  13. PUBH.6330 Healthcare Database Design - Available Summer 2017!
  14. PUBH.6350 Healthcare Project Management - Available Summer 2017!
  15. PUBH.6390 Electronic Health Record Systems - Available Summer 2017!

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0; Have your official transcript sent directly from your Bachelor's degree institution to: UMass Lowell, Office of Graduate Admissions, 1 University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854-5130.
  • Complete the Certificate Application Form pdf or Apply Online;
  • Citizens of non-English speaking countries who have never earned an academic degree in the United States must submit TOEFL scores.

Registering for Courses

New Students:

Print and complete the Non-Degree Course Registration Form or print and mail-in/fax-in the completed pdf form following the instructions on the form.

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Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

Completion rates, median loan debts and program costs are outlined for each certificate program.

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    Course Descriptions

    PUBH.5020 Organizational Behavior in Health Care

    Provides a systems overview of the organizational structure and behavior of individuals in healthcare institutions, along with an examination of the role of managers, clinicians and other leaders. The course applies organizational, behavioral and social science practice and theory to healthcare organizations. 3 credits.

    PUBH.5060 Quantitative Methods in Health Management

    The course teaches analytic methods that can be used to improve the decision making of healthcare managers, clinicians and others within the healthcare industry. Students learn the following: the conceptual foundations of quantitative analysis - e.g., what statistics is all about, how to think statistically and how to understand and interpret statistical findings; the importance of quantitative methods in supporting healthcare decision-making and developing evidence-based practices; bivariate and multivariate statistical methods for analyzing data and testing hypotheses; and how to use an industry-standard data analysis and statistical software in developing and reporting analytic findings. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

    PUBH.5110 Health Care Finance

    Provides broad exposure to the concepts and practices of healthcare finance and healthcare financial management. Teaches a practical understanding of basic healthcare financial issues, financial reporting and analysis, and provider payment structures. The course enables students to read, analyze and use healthcare financial information in today's healthcare environment. 3 credits.

    PUBH.5120 Operations Analysis for Quality Improvement

    This course teaches a multi-disciplinary approach to operations analysis, process redesign and quality improvement in healthcare. Students study the history, development and principles of quality improvement in healthcare; how quality improvement processes have been used in various healthcare settings; the tools and processes used in quality improvement; how to structure and implement a quality improvement program; and how to collect, analyze and interpret quality improvement data. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Graduate level or permission

    PUBH.5140 Healthcare Management

    This course provides a framework for addressing management problems in healthcare organizations, providing an overview of how healthcare institutions are organized and governed, the role of the management, physicians, nurses and other clinical and support staff in these organizations, and the management systems designed for their efficient and effective operation. 3 credits.

    PUBH.5150 Applied Health Economics

    This course introduces graduate students to the theory, practice and application of health economics to contemporary health policy issues in the United States. No prior coursework in economics is assumed. 3 credits.

    PUBH.5270 Planning and Marketing in Healthcare

    Students learn the fundamentals of planning and marketing and how they are applied to the different aspects of the health care system. 3 credits.

    PUBH.5310 Health Informatics

    The course provides healthcare professionals with a conceptual and practical understanding of information and communication systems, and how they are used. It also addresses the systems analysis, development and implementation challenges in optimizing today's complex healthcare systems designs to improve both use and clinical outcomes. Students learn the theory, techniques and systems used for transforming clinical data into information useful for decision-making. The current and future role of the health care informatics professional is discussed. 3 credits.

    PUBH.6070 Healthcare Information Systems

    This is the introductory, first-recommended course in health informatics. It provides a broad-ranging overview of the healthcare information systems industry, its history, recent developments and continuing challenges, and a practical understanding of healthcare information systems acquisition and implementation. Topics include meaningful use, EMR, CPOE, and health information exchange. 3 credits.

    PUBH.6160 Law and Ethics in Healthcare

    This course presents and overview of legal and ethical issues facing managers and providers in health care. It provides students with a foundation of health law and ethics and reviews health care legal and ethical situations and dilemmas. The goals are to provide students with practical knowledge of health law and ethics and their application to the real world of health care. 3 credits.

    PUBH.6250 Health Policy

    This course provides students with a basic framework for health policy analysis and examines major aspects of U.S. health policy. Detailed consideration and discussion focus on the relationship of national policy to the planning, implementation and funding of healthcare services. The course covers topics such as the healthcare policy environment in the U.S, government-funded healthcare through Medicaid and Medicare, and the Massachusetts healthcare reform. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

    PUBH.6260 Leadership in Healthcare

    The purpose of this course is to encourage students to carefully analyze their leadership style and skills within the context of health care. The course includes the study and application of leadership theories, concepts, and skills. Students will also assess their own leadership potential through the completion of readings, personal and leadership self-assessments, values exploration, and leadership skill exercises. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

    PUBH.6270 Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health

    The course explores the relationship between social and economic justice and public health. Focusing primarily on the U.S., the forces that either establish and exacerbate or prevent socioeconomic inequities will be analyzed to understand the intricate links between social, behavioral, physical, and biological determinants of health. Several theoretical orientations will be reviewed in order to better understand how each frames research and public health strategies that have been used to address health inequalities. Students will be able to competently articulate the relationships between social and health inequalities. They will be able to explain the strengths and limitations of different theoretical orientations to these issues and frame the policy needs to positively reduce health disparities. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

    PUBH.6320 Health Information System Planning

    A course examining contemporary healthcare information system requirements and focusing on the design, implementation, and modification of these systems. Actual or hypothetical health system related projects are used to support the theoretical framework. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

    PUBH.6330 Healthcare Database Design

    A practical approach to the design, and development of a relational database with an emphasis on healthcare. Analyzing the requirements of the database proceeds to the design of the structure of the relational database, which is then developed in a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). Microsoft Access is used as the RDBMS platform. 3 credits.

    PUBH.6350 Healthcare Project Management

    A graduate level course providing a comprehensive foundation for project management as it applies to healthcare. Students will be introduced to the theory and concepts of project management, and the tools to manage projects with a specific focus on health information technology. 3 credits.

    PUBH.6390 Electronic Health Record Systems

    The course addresses Electronic Health Records (EHR) integration with patient care flow, clinical decision making and patient engagement, as well as clinical quality reporting. The students also learn core EHR functions. The course uses industry-leading EHR software as a learning tool to demonstrate how electronic health record technologies are used in a clinical setting. 3 credits.

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