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Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership (Certificate)

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The Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership graduate certificate is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Certificate students will add new skills to their portfolio, including knowledge on how to help shape, interpret, and implement policies and regulations that impact a value−driven healthcare system.

Career-relevant courses provide students with the knowledge and tools to help them achieve leadership with a pulse on the dynamism in healthcare and continuing emergence of reform leading to changes in healthcare policy. Improve your understanding of healthcare systems, legislative procedures, and trends as they relate to healthcare regulatory systems and public policy by earning a certificate. You'll examine the relationship between public policy, the patient as the consumer, and the impact of culture on the formation of policy and practice within a transitioning healthcare environment. Credits earned through this certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Healthcare Leadership.

This certficate prepares students to:

  • Compare variations in healthcare delivery domestically and internationally

  • Understand the legislative process involved in the creation of healthcare public policy

  • Explain how change leads to resistance and what measures must be adopted to incorporate change

  • Discuss how professional standards and accreditation relate to quality assurance in various areas of healthcare

  • Analyze the processes involved in the implementation of healthcare public policy and healthcare reform

Healthcare Leadership Outcomes

This program prepares students to:

  • Manage and lead in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Develop the ability to create solutions to address the current trends and challenges facing the healthcare industry.
  • Identify and evaluate major healthcare reform efforts and proposals
  • Compare and contrast technological solutions to current issues in healthcare systems
  • Articulate responses to national and global healthcare challenges
  • Identify ethical and legal considerations pertinent to the delivery of healthcare

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Required Courses

The graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).

Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

Further Study - 8 qtr. hrs (Choose 2)

Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.

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Additional Further Study courses available, please see Design your custom plan for complete option of Further Study courses

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Careers in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership Certificate

Health Policy Specialist/Advisor, Policy Analyst, Policy/Legislative Associate, Medical Director, Health Coordinator, Health Manager, Health Policy Advocate/Lobbyist, Government or Non-Profit Healthcare Agency Staff.

Advocacy, strategizing, planning, presenting, problem-solving, managing, lobbying, research, analysis, interpretation, implementation.

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the US—a rare and welcomed bright spot in the job market, according to a report from Leadership roles are crucial in this period of change as healthcare policies and regulatory systems continue to evolve at the national level, requiring interpretation and implementation at the regional and local level.

Careers In Healthcare Leadership

Where need meets desire.
According to Explore Health Careers, a perfect storm is brewing for aspiring healthcare professionals, administrators, and managers as the number of patients with age-related health needs increases along with the number of health professionals retiring from the field in conjunction with emerging technologies changing the way we live and die, healthcare is the field to be in. Driven by major policy changes in the healthcare insurance industry related to access, transparency and relevance, job opportunities in clinics and outpatient care sites will increase dramatically in both urban and rural areas. Opportunities for medical and health services specialists are projected to grow by 16% through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, 25% of all new jobs created in the next several years will be related to the healthcare industry.

Technology transforms!
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S.-rare and welcomed bright spot in the job market, according to a report. Leadership roles are crucial in this period of change as healthcare policies and regulatory systems continue to evolve at the national level, as well as the cutting-edge technologies being made available to the public. Employment for medical records and health information technology professionals is expected to grow 20% within the next decade, much faster than the average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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