Universities Launch Graduate Certificates in Healthcare

Programs at Indiana and Pepperdine aim to improve patient outcomes by delivering management training to healthcare professionals.

This fall, two universities will offer new graduate certificate programs tailored to the needs of healthcare workers who want to improve their business acumen.

The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington will offer a 12-month graduate certificate in medical management (GCMM). The GCMM is intended to help nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, anesthesiology assistants, pharmacists, medical technicians and other nonphysician healthcare professionals develop the business skills they’ll need to lead healthcare organizations, lower costs, and improve patient outcomes.

The 15-credit program, delivered in a blended format, can be completed in one year. Students who wish to continue their educations can apply the credits they earn after completing the GCMM certificate toward Kelley’s 24-month evening MBA program.

Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School in Los Angeles has partnered with Dignity Health Global Education (DHGE)—a joint venture between Dignity Health, a California-based nonprofit healthcare system, and Global University Systems, an international network of higher education institutions. The partners will collaborate to deliver online professional certificate courses for healthcare workers.

DHGE has supplied Graziadio faculty with data, informatics, and true-to-life hypothetical case studies to inform course content. The first certificate programs will focus on healthcare analytics and informatics and healthcare marketing.