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Health Care Management Certificate

University General Requirements

The university offers a variety of programs leading to a certificate of competency in special areas. Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to (a) impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies, or (b) provide mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline), or (c) provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field.

Courses offered for the certificate may be the same ones used to satisfy major, minor, credential or general education requirements. In order to qualify for a certificate, undergraduate candidates must earn a grade point average of 2.0. Postbaccalaureate candidates must earn a grade point average of 2.5. Standards for individual programs may exceed this minimum. Candidates must also receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority.

The certificate is awarded upon confirmation that the requirements for that program have been satisfied. The candidate is responsible for filing an application with the Office of Records, Registration and Evaluations for granting of the certificate, no later than the last term of certificate-applicable study, and for notifying the coordinator of the certificate program of completion of required course work. The awarding of a certificate will be noted on the student's transcript.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Nicole Henley, MBA, Ph.D

Certificate Requirements (32 units)

  • ACCT 211. Introductory Accounting I (4)
  • HSCI 120. Health and Society: An Ecological Approach
    Nature and function of health in society through study of the fundamental concepts of living systems and their implication in the processes of health and illness in the human organism. Major health problems are analyzed to contribute to the student's understanding of his or her role as an individual and as a member of the community. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: satisfactory score on the Entry Level Mathematics examination. (GE=B.2) (5 units)
  • HSCI 360.(was 460) Medical Care Organizations
    Analysis of the organization of health and medical care services, resources, facilities, financial aspects and other related topics. Prerequisite: HSCI 271 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
  • HSCI 460. Strategic Planning and Marketing in the Health Care System
    Strategy-oriented management planning process, basic approaches and methodologies employed in strategic planning and health care marketing; economic and political forces which give form and shape to the health care marketplace. (4 units)
  • HSCI 480. Health Service Administration
    Introduction to management theory and practice as they apply to the administration of health service programs. Emphasis is placed on the planning, analysis, organizing, staffing, directing and evaluation functions necessary to administration of health service organizations. Budgeting functions and processes are discussed as they relate to health services administration. Prerequisite: HSCI 120. (4 units)
  • Eight Units Chosen From:
    HSCI 271. Introduction to Public Health
    Introduction to health issues and needs in various types of communities, and to the concepts underlying public health efforts of public, private and voluntary organizations. Formerly HSCI 371. (4 units)
    HSCI 311. Organization and Management of Long-term Care Facilities 
    Examination of the professional administrative role and managerial concepts in long-term facilities, including nursing homes. Formerly HSCI 511. Prerequisites: HSCI 271 and MGMT 302 or PSYC 302, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
    HSCI 510. HospitalAdministration
    Organization and administration of hospital facilities including plan- ning and evaluation of services. Role of the hospital as part of the community. Formerly HSCI 427. Prerequisites: HSCI 271 and MGMT 302 or PSYC 302, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
    HSCI 512. ClinicalOperationsofAmbulatoryCare/ Group Practices 
    The management of physician practices, medical groups, and am- bulatory care organizations such as imaging centers, outpatient sur- gery centers, and other outpatient services. Students will develop an understanding of issues and acquire skills in the management of non-acute care organizations owned or substantially controlled by physicians. Previously offered as a topic under HSCI 452. Prerequi- site: HSCI 120 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
    HSCI 513. Managed Care Systems
    Principles and process of utilization management, risk contracting, capitation, provider contracting, contract negotiations, division of financial responsibility and Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) relationships, including quality outcomes measurements, patient satisfaction, and the specialist referral process. Prerequisite: HSCI 120 or consent of instructor. (4 units).