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Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership (Certificate)

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Designed for those who are passionate about developing long-term solutions to the healthcare challenges we face today, this certificate provides the skills required to shape, interpret, implement and evaluate policies and regulations that affect healthcare systems and the safety of patients. Develop a robust understanding of healthcare systems, legislative procedures, and quality improvement as they relate to continuously evolving healthcare policy. You will learn how to:


  • Compare varying healthcare systems domestically and internationally

  • Navigate the legislative process

  • Create effective and lasting healthcare public policy

  • Manage change and innovation

  • Ensure quality assurance through professional standards and accreditation

  • Analyze policies, reform, and processes

Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Healthcare Leadership.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at http://www.du.edu/learn/certificates/disclosure/opc.html


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.


Please see Design your custom plan for complete option of Further Study courses

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

Titles
Healthcare Coordinator, Healthcare Manager, Health Policy Advisor, Health Policy Advocate, Health Policy Specialist, Legislative Liaison, Lobbyist, Medical Director, Policy Analyst

Responsibilities
Advocating for patients and programs; compiling, validating, and analyzing medical data to understand current healthcare trends; designing healthcare-related reports for agency management; developing healthcare initiatives; interpreting healthcare laws and policies; making healthcare policy recommendations; participating in healthcare strategic planning at multiple levels; resolving healthcare service and delivery issues; reviewing healthcare budgets, policies, and programs

Outlook
As healthcare regulations continue to evolve at the national level, the need for professionals who can provide healthcare data, policy, and program analysis to regional and local organizations continues to increase as well. Aging populations and demand for better preventative care dictate that individual companies must continually update their healthcare offerings too, making people with healthcare policy expertise even more valuable. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics is calling for a 21% increase in the number of political science jobs, the umbrella under which positions like healthcare analysts are classified, between 2012 and 2022. However, this entry point for this field is also expected to remain very competitive, so a master’s degree is highly desirable.

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 Monster.com 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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