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Health Care Management Certificate

  • Credits:
  • Degree:
    Management Certificate

Program Description

Gain the skills to excel in management, administration, and other leadership roles with health care organizations. Taught by health care practitioners via convenient evening, weekend, and online classes, the Health Care Management certificate program integrates theory and practice, preparing graduates for high demand positions in a variety of health care management jobs. Work experience in health care is required for admission to this program.

What Is Health Care Management?

Health care managers plan, direct, and coordinate health services for all types of health care providers and medical facilities. Working behind the scenes, health care managers play an important role in the availability and quality of patient care, creating an environment for health care providers to practice effectively and efficiently. Some specialize in the management of specific departments such as marketing, finance, or policy analysis.

Cambridge College Health Care Management Program Highlights

Designed specifically to fit the needs of adult learners, the Health Care Management certificate program at Cambridge College offers a convenient and affordable option for health care professionals looking to advance their careers.

  • Convenient course schedules. Balance work and family time with evening, weekend, and online classes designed for adult learners.
  • Exceptional value. Cambridge College offers one of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation for a four-year private nonprofit college.
  • Experienced faculty. Learn directly from health care practitioners who are also accessible, dedicated teachers and mentors.
  • Diverse students. Gain new perspectives working with other adult learners from around the world at one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the United States.
  • Convenient locations. All of our classroom locations are close to public transportation and/or offer free parking for students. 

Health Care Management Program Learning Outcomes

Prepare for a career in health care management. The Health Care Management certificate program at Cambridge College will give you the skills and hands-on training to:

  • Comprehend the global, social, and environmental context of management and the importance of ethical and socially responsible decision making.
  • Understand health care systems and processes and analyze health care issues from a systems perspective.
  • Use problem solving to address issues of quality and cost effectiveness in health care delivery.
  • Understand ethical and public policy issues in health care.

Health Care Management Jobs 

It’s an exciting time to pursue a career in health care management. The field is growing fast and there is a high demand for trained professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health care managers is expected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Graduates of the certificate program are trained for advancement into supervisory and management positions in a variety of health care organizations, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics and outpatient departments
  • Nursing homes and home health care agencies
  • Physician practices
  • Public health agencies
  • Community health centers
  • Health insurance companies

Jobs in health care management include:

  • Medical office administrator
  • Health care human resources manager
  • Hospital administrator
  • Director of nursing
  • Facility manager

Health Care Management Salaries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average wage for medical and health services managers in 2017 was $98,350.

Your health care management salary can vary depending on the type of health care setting in which you work, with average salaries as follows:

  • Hospitals: $107,230
  • Government: $106,230
  • Outpatient care centers: $89,910
  • Offices of physicians: $89,760
  • Nursing and residential care facilities: $82,950 

Example Health Care Management Certificate Courses

Develop comprehensive management, leadership, and problem-solving skills you can apply to a variety of health care settings through courses such as:

  • The U.S. Health Care System
  • Health Care Policy and Ethics
  • Risk Management in Health Care
  • Emergency and All-Hazards Preparedness in a Health Care Setting

View the full Health Care Management Certificate program curriculum.

Health Care Management Scholarships and Financial Aid

Get help paying for your health care management certificate. Cambridge College offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to help with tuition and other education expenses. Learn more about financial assistance options.

If you have a job in health care, the organization you work for might also offer tuition assistance. Learn more about getting your company to help.

Related Programs at Cambridge College

If you’re thinking about earning a certificate in health care management, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Cambridge College: 


Required Courses
The U.S. Health Care System
MHC 720 3 credit(s)
The course will review the evolution of health care in the U. S., explore the structure of the current system, and consider the impact of emerging trends on the provision of health in the future. Various components and stakeholders will be identified, with special attention on the diversity of care options and evolving roles of government as a funding source and regulator. Developments in national health care policy, the cost-quality-access conundrum, and the expansion of health care reimbursement options will be examined. The course also examines health care systems in other countries as a means to access alternative approaches to health care delivery issues.
Health Care Policy and Ethics
MHC 750 3 credit(s)
This course gives an overview of policy development at the organizational, local and national levels. Students assess the influence of actors, arenas, and socio-historical trends on health care policy. They explore ethical principles and how they are infused into all aspects of health care and health care management.
Elective Courses

Choose three elective courses.

Risk Management in Health Care
MHC 710 3 credit(s)
This course deals with the discipline of dealing with the possibility that some future event will cause harm. It examines a variety of contemporary issues surrounding managerial and analytical problems involved in health care risk management. It includes a historical review of the role of risk management in health care and the evolvement from a reactive to a pro-active focus and discusses the planning of a pro-active, patient outcome focused risk management program.
Financial Management in Healthcare
MHC 725 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG514 or equivalent. This course prepares health care managers to participate effectively in financial decision making within health care organizations. It focuses on how to use financial and program data to effectively analyze costs of programs and departments. Financial accounting, managerial accounting, and contemporary financial concepts are introduced. Special attention is given to Medicare, Medicaid, insurance, managed care, and government funding.
Strategic Planning in Health Care
MHC 740 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on developing an organizational vision, mission and goals, and integrating all components of the health care organization to achieve those goals. Strategic analysis, plan development and implementation strategies are included, as well as monitoring and evaluation.
Emergency and All-Hazards Preparedness in a Health Care Setting
MHC 741 3 credit(s)
This course is intended for the health care manager who is responsible for the preparedness of his or her organization in a disaster situation. It focuses on planning and preparedness for all types of hazards. It covers such topics such as the legal and ethical issues surrounding disaster planning and preparedness, obtaining assistance from government and other agencies, interagency cooperation, integrating civil and military response and meeting the needs of special populations.
Health Care Information Systems
MHC 730 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MHC 522. This course includes an overview of the health care information technology system as well as clinical information systems devoted to the direct management of the patient. It provides guidance for implementing, managing, and accessing clinical information systems in various health care settings. Discusses medical records, resource management and security, the importance of disaster planning, standards and regulatory issues as related to informatics. Also examines the current state and future of health care informatics, including tele-medicine and emerging technologies, and explores the new technology creation and adoption processes and the impact of rapidly evolving technologies in the health care arena.
1-Credit Course

Choose one. (Do not take DMG608 is MHC741 is taken.)

Grant Writing
DMG 605 1 credit(s)
This module for non-profit managers introduces the planning and proposal development phases of grant writing. It demystifies the process, from developing a fundable idea to identifying potential donors and structuring the technical components. Hands-on activities provide practice in the art and craft of grantsmanship.
Introduction to Health Care Disparities - Race, Ethnicity and Health
MHC 721 1 credit(s)
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about racial and ethnic, disparities in health and health care. The course will examine the ways in which dyadic relationships and multiple forms of discrimination contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in health. Students will examine the ways in which neighborhood and community factors and inequalities in socioeconomic status influence health behaviors, access to health care services and health status outcomes. Individual characteristics such as acculturation, patient preferences, provider congruence and cultural competence will be explored in this course.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor

Adjunct Instructor



  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for the School of Management


Health Requirements for Massachusetts Students 

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit 

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.


  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,308 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of July 2019, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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