Healthcare Management Certificate

Healthcare occupations are projected to be among the fastest growing occupational groups between now and 2026. In fact, the United States Department of Labor predicts that the healthcare industry will contribute approximately one-fifth of all new jobs during that same time period — the largest source of jobs in the United States.*

There has never been a better time to invest in a career in healthcare management.

Why earn an undergraduate healthcare management certificate?

Rapid growth in the healthcare industry comes with an increased need for highly skilled professionals who can manage within healthcare facilities and organizations. If you currently work or plan to work in the healthcare sector, SUNY Empire’s undergraduate certificate in healthcare management is a valuable credential that will enhance your skills and knowledge in critical areas so you can advance your career and increase your earning potential.

Who should earn an undergraduate healthcare management certificate?

Anyone working in healthcare or a healthcare-related field who is interested in moving into a supervisory role, as well as those interested in changing careers to enter this increasingly important and expanding field. This includes professionals and students working in or planning to work in:

  • Insurance companies
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Doctors’ offices and clinics
  • Allied health professions
  • Pharmaceutical firms
  • Medical supply companies
  • Medical laboratories
  • Health related non-profits
  • Public sector health organizations

Why SUNY Empire?

At SUNY Empire, you can earn your undergraduate certificate online, giving you the flexibility to complete your courses while you work or earn your undergraduate degree. If you’re a current SUNY Empire student, you can embed the healthcare management certificate into your undergraduate degree.

Our undergraduate certificate program is designed to give you specialized knowledge of the healthcare industry, including its management, regulations, policy and economics, that you can immediately apply in real-world settings.

Required Courses

The four core courses focus on content areas essential for all healthcare management professionals, including the roles and responsibilities of managers, healthcare policy, and health economics and finance. A required elective allows you to customize your certificate to meet your specific needs or interests.

U.S. Health Systems (4 credits, introductory level)
Examines the origins, changes and status of major programs that provide delivery, financing and regulation of healthcare services in the public and private sectors. Provides a foundation for further study of accessibility, cost and regulation of health services as they relate to policy, management and economics. Offered as an online course and as independent study.

Healthcare Management (4 credits, advanced level)
Extensive review of the changing healthcare landscape confronting managers, the role of a manager in a healthcare organization, and core competencies for managing in such organizations. Offered as an online course and as independent study.

Healthcare Policy (4 credits, advanced level)
Study of health policy and its influence on the role of the manager and the healthcare organization. Offered as an online course, study group and independent study.

Economic Issues in Healthcare (4 credits, advanced level)
Examination of healthcare markets and the roles of consumers, physicians, insurers, hospitals, and other organizations. Focused attention on the effect of third-party payments on supply and demand and the role of public programs in healthcare. Offered as an online course and as independent study.

Elective (4 credits, advanced level)
Based upon your interests, choose one elective course from among the following:

  • Community Health
  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Managing the Service Sector Operation
  • Health Informatics
  • Healthcare Ethics
  • Managing Bioterrorism and Public Health Emergencies
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health
  • Managed Care

* United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections: 2016-26

Enroll in the Certificate Program for Healthcare Management

Currently enrolled students: Submit the online Degree Add/Change Request Form, select “add” then select “CUG” for degree, and choose “Healthcare Management” for program.

Not Currently Enrolled?

If you are not currently enrolled, you can still register for a certificate program. Apply onlinefor the certificate program. Applicants to the undergraduate certificates are required to fulfill the same admissions requirements as the associate and bachelor’s degrees.

Certificate students who are concurrently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program are eligible to apply for federal financial aid, while those students who enroll only in the certificate program are not.

Certificate Program Coordinator

Duncan P. RyanMann, Ph.D., Professor/Mentor
School of Business
518-783-6203 x5940