Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Industry

This certificate is designed for those from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds looking to enter the growing health and life sciences fields. Combining courses from the Health Informatics and Regulatory Compliance programs, the certificate introduces students to the U.S. healthcare system and the policies and regulations that affect it, as well as the ways clinicians make decisions about care within this context. For the final course in the program, students can emphasize risk management in life science industries (MSRC 435: Risk & Decision Management) or quality assurance in regulated industries such as the medical device manufacturing sector (MSRC 401: Quality Systems).





Complete this four-course certificate and apply two courses to either the MS in Health Informatics or MS in Regulatory Compliance program at SPS.


About the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Industry

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Industry Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the Healthcare Industry certificate, students will be able to:

  • Articulate and identify the components that structure the American healthcare system, and the policy, economic, and societal forces that shape healthcare delivery
  • Discuss current issues within the American healthcare system, including public health, quality of health care, heath reform, payment mechanisms, and consumerism
  • Describe and navigate the clinical environment using accurate medical terminology and understanding of basic pathophysiology
  • Explore the healthcare laws, regulations, statutes, policy guidance and enforcement initiatives that serve as a framework for healthcare compliance
  • Apply appropriate theories of risk management, risk communication, decision management, and crisis management in the life sciences industry to anticipate and avoid risk and hazards, and manage those that arise in a holistic manner
  • Learn about the global and domestic regulatory landscape governing regulated industries, particularly in the life sciences

Healthcare Industry Curriculum

Students are required to complete the following four courses to earn the certificate:

  • MHI 401 American Healthcare System
  • MHI 402 Introduction to Clinical Thinking
  • HC_COM 410 Healthcare Regulatory Environment
  • MSRC 435 Risk and Decision Management or MSRC 401 Quality Systems

Review curriculum details while you consider applying to this program. Current students should refer to the curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.

Healthcare Industry Courses

Explore Healthcare Industry Courses. You can narrow your course search by day, location or instructor.

Healthcare Industry Admission

A variety of factors are considered when your application is reviewed. Background and experience vary from student to student. For a complete list of requirements, see the Graduate Certificate Admission page.

Tuition for Healthcare Industry Certificate

Tuition for the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Industry program at Northwestern is comparable to similar US programs. Complete details can be found on the Healthcare Industry Certificate Tuition page.

Registration Information for Healthcare Industry

Already accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Industry program? Get ahead and register for your classes as soon as possible.



Healthcare Industry Faculty

Instructors in the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Industry program at Northwestern are leading scholars and practitioners in their field. They bring real-world experiences to the classroom and engage with students on a personal level. Get to know the instructors on our Healthcare Industry Faculty page.

Applying Credit to Master's Degree Programs

Students that elect to apply to a master's program before completing a graduate certificate will be able to count a maximum of two courses completed in the certificate toward their associated master's degree, but there will be no certificate conferred.

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