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Lead the Way in Healthcare Compliance


The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Compliance at MSU offers a dynamic and comprehensive approach to empower students with business-centered healthcare knowledge and skills. Delving into the intricate world of healthcare management, this program explores the critical role of regulations and their profound impact on organizational culture and performance. Students gain invaluable insights into the governance issues surrounding compliance in healthcare organizations, while uncovering the fiduciary responsibilities associated with ensuring adherence.

Through an in-depth study of cutting-edge strategies, students develop the expertise to implement robust compliance programs, navigate risk management challenges, and leverage health regulations as a strategic advantage in today’s rapidly evolving healthcare landscape. This certificate equips aspiring healthcare professionals with the tools they need to excel as leaders in ensuring ethical and compliant practices within their organizations.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2025

Start Date

May 5, 2025

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Summer 2025
Application Deadline

April 1, 2025

Start Date

May 5, 2025

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What You’ll Learn

  • This multifaceted approach to healthcare management can help to equip students with business-centered healthcare knowledge and skills. You can prepare to:
  • Understand the role of regulations in the healthcare industry and their impact on organizational culture and performance.
  • Explore the importance of compliance in healthcare organizations and its governance issues.
  • Gain insights into the fiduciary responsibilities associated with healthcare compliance.
  • Learn about the challenges faced by the healthcare industry in maintaining compliance.
  • Acquire knowledge on the standards set by regulatory and accreditation organizations.
  • Study effective strategies for implementing and executing healthcare compliance programs.
  • Explore the concept of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and its application in the healthcare industry.
  • Develop an understanding of how to create and implement an ERM system to mitigate risks.
  • Discover best practices, both academic and practical, for establishing and maintaining compliance systems in healthcare organizations.
  • Learn how to leverage health regulations as a strategic advantage for organizations in the changing healthcare landscape.

These courses provide a comprehensive overview of compliance in the healthcare industry, covering regulatory standards, risk management, implementation of compliance systems, and the strategic implications of healthcare regulations.

Who Should Enroll

The demand for professionals with healthcare and business knowledge is high. The job growth for medical and health services managers nationwide is projected to grow by 28% between 2021 and 2031, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.*

The Healthcare Compliance program is designed to help transform healthcare workers into tomorrow’s innovators and provide a path for career advancement. Professionals throughout the industry may consider enrolling, including:

  • Healthcare professionals who want to enhance their understanding of compliance regulations and their impact on organizational performance.
  • Compliance officers and professionals responsible for ensuring adherence to healthcare regulations within their organizations.
  • Healthcare consultants who need to stay updated on compliance requirements and best practices.
  • Legal professionals specializing in healthcare law who want to deepen their knowledge of compliance and regulatory frameworks.
  • Risk management professionals seeking to apply their expertise in the context of the healthcare industry.
  • Healthcare professionals interested in expanding their skill set and knowledge base in compliance to advance their careers.
  • Individuals transitioning into healthcare-related roles and seeking a foundational understanding of compliance.
  • Students pursuing a career in healthcare administration, healthcare management or related fields who want to gain expertise in compliance.

Overall, these courses are suitable for professionals and aspiring professionals who want to develop a strong understanding of compliance and its implications within the healthcare industry.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Helth Services Managers (June 20, 2023).

National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth. [Degree or Certificate] program options do not guarantee career or salary outcomes. Students should conduct independent research for specific employment information.

Curriculum & Tuition

Required Courses

  • HCM 821 Healthcare Regulations

    HCM 821

    Examine the role of regulations in the healthcare industry, focusing on standards of regulatory and accreditation organizations. Explore regulation in relationship to organizational culture and performance.

  • HCM 822 Healthcare Compliance

    HCM 822

    Explore the importance of compliance in healthcare organizations. Topics include effective healthcare compliance, governance issues, fiduciary responsibilities and challenges faced in the healthcare industry.

  • HCM 823 Enterprise Risk Management

    HCM 823

    Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is a systemic approach to mitigating risks associated with doing business in the healthcare industry. This course will examine the best approaches, academic and practical, to creating and implementing an ERM system.

  • HCM 824 Implementing Compliance Systems

    HCM 824

    Change in healthcare is a constant. Students need to understand how to keep their organizations compliant with the new requirements and this course will challenge students to consider health regulation in general and how to use these regulations as a strategic advantage. The course covers implementation, execution and enforcement of healthcare compliance programs.


Choose 1 of the following

  • HCM 801 Critical Thinking and Innovation in Healthcare

    HCM 801

    Learn strategies for dealing with cognitive biases, making unrecognized assumptions, determining causality, navigating pathways in critical reasoning and maximizing reasoning effectiveness. Apply innovation principles for developing and implementing innovative designs, processes and leadership in healthcare.

  • HCM 807 Law and Ethics in Healthcare

    HCM 807

    Understand the legal and ethical doctrines, principles, applications and issues in healthcare organizations. Explore the legal and ethical dimensions of decision making, administrative law and planning in healthcare.

  • HCM 809 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare

    HCM 809

    Discover the role of workforce leadership in fulfilling the goals and mission of healthcare organizations. Learn about the theories and applications of organizational behavior principles to motivating, rewarding, and structuring employees’ work; managing groups and teams; and structuring the organization.

Total Courses

Required Courses
8 Credits
2 credits
10 credits


Cost Per Credit Hour
Total Credits Needed
10 credits

Tuition is determined by the University and does not include books or other fees that may apply. These rates are subject to change at any time during the program or enrollment process.

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Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • The requirements for admission to the graduate certificates are a minimum GPA of 2.5 or a graduate GPA of 3.0.

Transfer Credit Policy

  • As a rule, the Program does not accept transfer credits and will only review and consider a request to transfer credits in rare and exceptional circumstances.

Applicants must submit the following items:

  • A completed application
  • A one-time, nonrefundable $100 application fee
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university and official transcripts of other programs or courses of study from any accredited college or university attended prior to Michigan State University. Transcripts from Michigan State are not required.
  • If an applicant selects they are a Service member or a Veteran of the military an official military transcript will be required
  • Current resume detailing professional work experience, academic credentials and related accomplishments, and pertinent biographical information.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional, work-related references, preferably supervisors. Letters that attest to your ability to work within and lead teams, as well as to your contribution to a professional business environment, are strongly recommended.
  • A statement of intention essay, no more than two pages, including details of your direct supervisory and/or project/program management experience, as well as a statement on how you intend to leverage the degree in your career.
  • GMAT scores may be submitted if your bachelor’s degree GPA was below 3.0 in your last two years of undergraduate work*