Professional Certificate in Healthcare Management

Develop managerial skills to make a meaningful impact on patient care.

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6 months, online
5–7 hours per week

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Develop Managerial Skills for an Evolving Healthcare Ecosystem

Healthcare managers are at the forefront of a rapidly evolving industry, overseeing day-to-day operations and making decisions that move their organizations closer to a new reality of quality-driven, value-based care. To help today’s organizations meet the health needs of future generations, healthcare managers must have a practical understanding of the industry and possess a unique set of capabilities in management, leadership and cross-functional collaboration.

If you are ready to level up your skills to take on the challenges of the healthcare ecosystem, the Professional Certificate in Healthcare Management from the Rice Glasscock School of Continuing Studies will help you prepare for a future in healthcare management and advance your career in an in-demand field.


Medical and health services manager ranks #1 among U.S. News & World Report’s best business jobs in 2023.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

$6.2 trillion

Estimated expenditure of U.S. national healthcare by 2028.


What You Will Learn

  • Learn the essentials to effectively manage healthcare-focused teams.
  • Understand how to leverage data to inform decision-making and healthcare strategies.
  • Gain fundamentals in finance and budgeting to ensure the financial well-being of a healthcare organization or function.
  • Learn the role and application of marketing in effectively providing healthcare products and services.
  • Discover the importance of innovation and venture capital in driving healthcare objectives within an organization.
  • Understand regulatory frameworks and considerations for leading and managing within the healthcare industry.

Who Is This Program For?

  • Experienced healthcare managers seeking a big-picture understanding of the healthcare ecosystem that they can leverage to drive quality improvement, lead cross-functional teams, improve the standards of patient care and achieve positive health outcomes.
  • Aspiring healthcare managers currently serving as individual contributors, including RNs, lab assistants, care coordinators and business analysts, who are interested in developing their managerial skills in order to design better patient care solutions, effectively managing cross-functional teams and improving processes that facilitate the day-to-day activities of a healthcare organization.

Program Highlights

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Faculty Expertise

Gain unique insights from faculty with expertise in healthcare management and international health law.

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Industry-Specific Knowledge

Develop knowledge of management practices for healthcare covering leadership, innovation, finances, law and more.

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Interactive Learning

Engage in problem-solving and exchange perspectives through case studies and peer discussions.

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Real-World Application

Design a quality improvement plan for a healthcare organization in a final capstone project.

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Management Playbook

Create a playbook of assignments demonstrating your proficiency in program concepts and their applications.

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Professional Development

Participate in professional development opportunities to enhance your understanding of the industry and refine your interests.

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Distinguish yourself with a certificate from Rice and earn 13 continuing education units (CEUs).

Program Curriculum

    • Module 1: Leadership Challenges
    • Module 2: Understanding Value
    • Module 3 & 4: Leadership and Leading Teams
    • Module 5: Zero-Harm and High-Reliability Organizations
    • Module 6: Quality: Patient-Centered Care and Clinical Integration
    • Module 7: Quality: Evidence-Based Care and Population Health
    • Module 8: Quality Improvement Projects and Tools
    • Module 9: Lean Six Sigma and Root Cause Analysis
    • Module 10 & 11: Financial and Managerial Accounting
    • Module 12: Finance
    • Module 13: Budgeting
    • Module 14: Healthcare Information
    • Module 15 & 16: Marketing and Innovation
    • Module 17: Human Resources

    • Module 18: Ethics
    • Module 19: Health Law
    • Module 20: Professional Liability
    • Module 21: Healthcare Policy
    • Module 22: Strategy
    • Module 23: Leading Organizations
    • Module 24: Capstone Project

Note: Session topics are subject to change at the discretion of the Rice University's Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Case Studies and Industry Examples

Throughout the program, you will use case studies and industry examples to explore managerial concepts and tools on a deeper level.

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Acute Coronary Syndrome in the ED

Examine an emergency department's (ED's) preparedness to treat acute coronary syndrome.

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Assessing Financial Health

Analyze financial statements to assess the well-being of a healthcare organization.

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Managerial Accounting for Profitability

Evaluate your organization’s profitability and identify how to improve it.

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Making Good Financial Decisions for Your Organization

Leverage financial metrics for decision-making within a healthcare organization.

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Professional Liability

Assess organizational risk and recommend preventative actions.

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Responding to Medical Errors

Apply the principles of high reliability to respond to medical errors.

Redonda Vaught Care

Use a fishbone diagram to conduct a causal analysis of a sentinel event.

Professional Development

Stepping into a career in healthcare management requires a variety of skills, both hard and soft. This program offers you a series of opportunities to enhance your professional development through Emeritus, our learning collaborator for this program. Program leaders and a career coach will be available to help you achieve your learning goals and offer guidance on competencies you wish to develop further.

  • Two hours of live support with an executive coach and mentorship support hours.
  • One hour of live peer networking to meet others in the program, discuss industry topics, or brainstorm ideas and solutions related to experiences you share.
  • Two hours of optional professional development activities.

Program Faculty

Faculty Member Edward Kroger

Edward Kroger

Lecturer in Management, Healthcare, Rice University

Edward Kroger graduated from Baylor University in 1981 and began medical school at the age of 19. Upon graduation from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, he completed an internship in internal medicine before taking a three-year leave of absence to attend the University of Texas School of Law... More info


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Get recognized! Upon successful completion of this program, Rice grants a certificate of completion to participants. This program is graded as a pass or fail. Participants must receive 75 percent to pass and obtain a certificate of completion.

Note: All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Rice University's Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.


  • How do I know whether this program is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the program landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the program brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions on whether this program is a good fit for you, please email, and a dedicated program advisor will follow up with you very shortly.

    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

    Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page and in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at, for assistance.

    What are the requirements to earn a certificate?

    This is a graded program. You must complete a combination of individual assignments, quizzes, and a final project. Each component carries a certain number of points, and a cumulative score of 75 percent is required to pass and obtain your professional certificate.

    Will I be guaranteed a job upon completion of the program

    The primary objective of this program is to give you the skills you need to be prepared for a job in this field. While eligible participants will receive career coaching and support and may receive introductions to our hiring partners, job placement is not guaranteed.

  • How much time will I be expected to devote to this program?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the “Duration” section and in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.

    How will I spend my time in this program?

    You will divide your learning time between viewing recorded coding demos, and video lectures, contributing to class discussions, completing assignments, projects, and knowledge checks, and attending optional live sessions with industry experts and program leaders.

    How is the program administered? Can the program be accessed at any time?

    The program is accessed through the custom learning portal. This portal will give you access to all program-related content such as video lectures, assignments, and discussions. Live sessions will be conducted using a webinar tool.

    The video lectures and assignments are accessible weekly throughout the program. In the event you miss a live session, a recording will be made available.

    Do I need to attend live sessions every week?

    Faculty video lectures are recorded, allowing you to watch these on your own schedule. However, participation in optional live sessions and discussion boards is highly encouraged. Live sessions will give you the opportunity to draw on the coding experience of our industry-experienced program leaders to answer your questions and help reach your learning goals. The discussion boards are also an integral part of the learning experience, giving you and your peers the opportunity to learn together and receive guidance from the moderators.

    Can I download the program videos?

    You can download video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. However, the video lectures are only available for streaming and require an internet connection.

    How do I interact with other program participants?

    You can communicate with other participants through our learning platform. You will be able to form groups based on your interests and location. A direct messaging feature is also available through the platform.

    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 300,000 learners across 200 countries have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    All the contents of the course would be made available to students at the commencement of the course. However, to ensure the program delivers the desired learning outcomes the students may appoint Emeritus to manage the delivery of the program in a cohort-based manner the cost of which is already included in the overall course fee of the course.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what is required before you enroll. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the “Duration” section and in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please contact us at if you need further clarification of any specific program requirements.

    What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, résumé, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile.
    The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program once grading is complete.

    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.

    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the learning platform and all program materials (videos excluded) for one full year following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What are the equipment or technical requirements for this program?

    To successfully complete this course/program(me) online, you must have access to a device meeting the minimum requirements, found here. In addition, Microsoft Office or similar product and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts in all programs. Technical programs might have additional tech requirements. Please check the learning platform on the first day of class.

    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet and video content is not available for download. You can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. Video lectures must be streamed via the internet and webinars and small group sessions will require an internet connection.

  • What is the program fee for the program, and what forms of payment do you accept?

    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another mode of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in USD via wire transfer. Please contact your program advisor for more details.

    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this program?

    Yes, flexible payment options are available for this program. We partner with loan providers to offer you flexible and transparent loan options. More information about loan financing is available here. Installment payments are also available; you can find the options here.

    Does the program fee include taxes? Are there any additional fees?

    Yes, the program fee is inclusive of any taxes with the exception of GST for Singapore residents.

  • What is your refund policy?

    After a participant has withdrawn, they will no longer be able to attend live sessions or 1:1 sessions with course leaders, mentors, or career coaches; submit work for review; or access their program dashboard or curriculum.

    Time of Refund Request

    • Within 15 days after course commencement
    • 16 to 30 days after course commencement
    • More than 30 days after course commencement

    Amount Refunded

    • Full refund of course Fee
    • 50% of course fee
    • No refund of course fee

    How do I request a refund?

    Participants who would like to cancel their enrollment should email or visit the “Support” tab in the learning platform to obtain a copy of the Withdrawal Request Form. This form must be submitted by midnight UTC of the last day of the trial period to be eligible for a full refund. No cancellations will be processed unless this form is received. Refunds will be issued within 30 days after the effective date of withdrawal or dismissal.

    Can I defer to a future cohort?

    Participants have the option to request a deferral to a future cohort within the first 30 days from their program start date. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrollment and are subject to the availability of cohorts and scheduled at the discretion of Emeritus. Participants who would like to defer their enrollment should email or visit the “Support” tab in the learning platform to obtain a copy of the Deferral Request Form.

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