Health Care Management

Graduate Certificate | 100 % online | Complete in 1-2 years

*Completing certificate program depends on your schedule and availability. 

Shippensburg University's Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management (HCM) program is available fully online, which is convenient and flexible for working professionals. Strengthen your leadership skills and become a well-versed, strategic administrator and/or manager in the health care industry with our expert faculty.

Gain industry-focused knowledge and learn how to:

  • Analyze the complexities of the growing health care field
  • Build strategies in the areas of financial management, information technology, health care law, and strategic management 
  • Improve the quality of care to the community and surrounding service areas
  • Optimize efficiency and control costs in an economic sector 
Who Should Consider Earning HCM Certificate?

According to the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), there is a need for more highly trained management level employees in clinics, consulting firms, health insurance organizations, healthcare associations, hospitals, nursing homes, physician practices, mental health organizations, public health departments, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, and universities and research institutions. Ship understands this nationwide need and the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management (HCM) is ideal for: 

  • Working professionals within medical and health care services who want an in-depth education and credential in health care management
  • Professionals who want to transition into the health care industry and want to increase their job marketability 
  • Currently enrolled Ship MBA students who wish to add HCM concentration or earn as a certificate

Learn more about our AACSB-accredited and award-winning MBA program.

Why Earn HCM Certificate?


  • According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, high job growth in the health care industry, with the projection to add over 4 million jobs between 2014-2024.
  • Health care and medical services are projected to be among the fastest-growing industries in the economy, with a predicted growth of 19% between 2014-2024. 
  • Within the United States, 11 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are health-related between 2014-2024.

Source information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 


  • Since 2015, there has been a significant occupational growth with almost 14,000 medical and health services managers.
  • A projected occupational growth rate of 14.8% for the next 10 years, which shows potential for over 2,000 additional jobs within the medical and health services fields in Pennsylvania.

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), July 2016


To be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Complete the graduate certificate application
  • Submit official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts documenting the earned degree

Admission Fee & Application Information 
Please pay $15 admissions fee for applying to the certificate program. Applications must be submitted no later than the completion of 6 credits in the program. A student must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA to be awarded the certificate.

Cancellation Policy
Shippensburg University reserves the right to cancel any courses due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. 


The post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management will be awarded to students who, upon admittance to the program, complete the following coursework listed below. The program can be completed in one to two years, by taking one to two courses per summer or winter term, depending upon students’ schedule and availability.

Courses are delivered via online instruction. All course content and assessment will be managed by the participating faculty.

Pre-requisite courses (0-16 credits)

* Please note: Students are required to have fundamental business knowledge prior to taking the certificate courses. Students may fulfill the requirement by taking the four MBA foundation courses (BSN 510, 511, 512 and 513), or by having completed equivalent undergraduate courses. 

Required courses (12 credits)

MBA 581 Health Care Financial Management
Healthcare Financial Management introduces students to the most important principles and applications of healthcare finance. Coverage includes both accounting and financial management topics. Examines the most used tools and techniques of health care financial management, including financial accounting and financial statements; managing cash, billings, and collections; making major capital investments; determining costs and using cost information in decision-making; pricing and service decisions; budgeting; and analyzing financial performance. 

MBA 582 Health Information Technology
This course provides a comprehensive overview of health care information technology (HIT), including the effects of the external environment and government policies on its evolution; the expanded role of the CIO; the basics of hardware, software, and communication systems; the types of operational, management, and clinical applications; and the value HIT brings to the enterprise. The concepts included reflect a broad vision of HIT management as a combination of technology, information, and manpower leadership.

MBA 583 Health Care Law
This course deals with the law regulating health care in the United States, including physicians, providers, hospitals, insurers and patients. The course will focus on the special impact of the legal system on access and delivery of health care services. 

MBA 584 Health Care Strategic Management

This course is designed to provide students with an active understanding of the role of strategy in healthcare organizations in the modern healthcare environment. It uses both academic models as well as practical examples and application to help students become familiar with the dynamic environment in which strategies must be formulated and implemented. The course will emphasize the use of management skills coupled with an understanding of the complex healthcare environment to evaluate strategic opportunities and to develop and implement strategic plans. The course will emphasize the importance of ethical decision-making, professionalism, and the use of effective written and oral communication skills.

Course Registration 

Admitted & Returning Students for Credit Course
Individuals who are admitted or current students who wish to take classes from Shippensburg University for credit, register for classes at:

New Students
Before registering for courses for this program, you will need to activate an official Shippensburg University email address. For assistance in setting up your email account and password, please contact the SU Helpdesk.

Non-Degree Students for Credit Course
Non-degree seeking students are Individuals who wish to take classes at Shippensburg University, but are not working toward earning a degree. Learn more:

Non-Credit Students
Individuals who wish to take classes from Shippensburg University, but are not seeking credit(s), should register at:

Tuition & Financial Aid

Program Support & Contacts

For assistance with enrolling. course registration, or course schedule, contact:
Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education (PCDE)
(717) 477-1502

For more information about the MBA program and courses:
Dr. Irma Hunt, Ph.D., MBA Director
John L. Grove College of Business