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Healthcare Compliance

Healthcare Compliance Certificate

Gain a strong grounding in healthcare laws and regulations and learn the basics of healthcare billing and payment and corporate compliance. Graduates of the Healthcare Compliance certificate program are able to employ their compliance knowledge at both a systems and discrete level. For example, they will be able to assess and manage compliance programs, develop compliance dashboards, and conduct and respond to audits, and screen and evaluate vendors.

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About the Healthcare Compliance Certificate

Healthcare Compliance Course Schedule

The Healthcare Compliance Course Schedule page provides you with detailed information on the program's offerings.

Healthcare Compliance Faculty

You can find a full listing of our instructors in this certificate program on the Healthcare Compliance Faculty page.

Admission for the Healthcare Compliance Certificate

Applicants to this certificate program must hold a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college, university or its foreign equivalent. A competitive graduate record that indicates strong academic ability is required. Work or research experience in clinical, computing or information technology fields is highly desirable but not a requirement for admission.

This certificate program requires prerequisite coursework or knowledge. For more information, view the "additional information" section on the program overview page of your chosen certificate.

A list of admission requirements can be found on our Healthcare Compliance Admission page.

Healthcare Compliance Tuition

Tuition costs can vary for each of our programs. For the most up-to-date information on financial obligations, please visit our Healthcare Compliance Tuition page.

Healthcare Compliance Registration Information

Our Healthcare Compliance Registration Information page outlines important dates and deadlines as well as the process for adding and dropping courses.

Gainful Employment in Healthcare Compliance

Common questions and answers related to cost, financing and success in this certificate program are found on our Gainful Employment in Healthcare Compliance page.

Additional Information

Applicants must possess a graduate degree and must demonstrate the knowledge and skills equivalent to the following courses prior to applying to this program. Please see below for more information:

  • MSRC 409 Biostatistics: This course is an introduction to biostatistics. Students learn to apply statistical techniques to the processing and interpretation of data from health studies. Topics covered include probability, descriptive statistics, study design, and linear regression, among others.
  • MSRC 435 Risk and Decision Management: This course explores theories and practical applications of risk management, risk communication, decision management, and crisis management in life science industries. Topics include failure modes and effects analysis; fault-tree analysis; human factors analysis, and hazard analysis and critical control points.

Applicants who do not have this prior knowledge and who want a more comprehensive course of study should consider the Master of Science in Regulatory Compliance degree.


Find out more about Northwestern's Healthcare Compliance Certificate

Healthcare Compliance Required Courses

To earn a certificate, students must complete the following three courses:

  • HC_COM 410 Healthcare Regulatory Environment
  • HC_COM 411 Healthcare Programs and Enforcement
  • HC_COM 413 Healthcare Billing Models and Systems

and one of the following courses:

  • HC_COM 415 IT Systems Compliance or
  • MHI 404 Healthcare Organization Operations

Please note that courses completed in the certificate program cannot be transferred to the corresponding graduate degree.

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