Healthcare Decision Analysis

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Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Decision Analysis


The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Decision Analysis is a 12-unit interdisciplinary graduate program that directly prepares you for business careers in value-based healthcare, global market access & reimbursement, product pricing, insurance operations & design and competitive business intelligence.

Who Should Attend?

The program is oriented to those seeking to gain practical tools, strategic insights, and a fundamental working proficiency in the innovative field of healthcare decision analysis without completing the full master of science program.

The certificate program is structured to easily integrate individual HCDA courses with other graduate programs, while also meeting the needs of full-time working students.

Program Benefits

  • Improve strategic planning
  • Enhance decision-making framework and approach to problem-solving
  • Learn to develop & execute marketing plan, brand strategy, and value-based pricing
  • Engage in a collaborative learning environment representing a cross-section of the highly innovative healthcare sector
  • Each course is scheduled and delivered over two (2) weekends per semester
  • Individual students are allowed to progress at their own pace without pre-requisites or a required sequence
  • Most students should be able to complete the certificate program requirements in as few as two semesters

Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Decision Analysis requires completion of 12 units including two required courses (HCDA 506 & 507) and two electives with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for all units applied to the certificate.

Core Courses (Required)
  • HCDA 506 Foundations of Insurance and Global Access (3 units)
  • HCDA 507 Foundations of Product Development and Commercialization (3 units)
Electives Courses (choose two)
  • HCDA 501 Fundamentals of Healthcare Insurance Design (3 units)
  • HCDA 502 Comparative International Healthcare Systems (3 units)
  • HCDA 503 Competitive Healthcare Intelligence and Pricing (3 units)
  • HCDA 510 Business Implications of Healthcare Reform (3 units)
  • HCDA 515 Medical Decision Analysis and Modeling (3 units)
  • HCDA 520 Health Economics and Outcomes Methodology (3 units)
  • HCDA 525 Healthcare Literature Analysis & Applications (3 units)
  • HCDA 530 Total Product Development (3 units)
  • HCDA 540 Executive Leadership and Healthcare Marketing (3 units)
  • HCDA 550 Healthcare Innovation: Creativity to Value (3 units)
  • HCDA 553 Advanced Pricing Strategies (3 units)
  • HCDA 560 Managing Effective Partnerships and Mergers (3 units)

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply to the HCDA Graduate Certificate program on a rolling-admissions basis and begin the program in any semester (fall, spring, or summer).

To qualify for admission to the program:

  • Earned bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Two years of full-time work experience is preferred
  • Past work experience will be considered for each applicant
  • TOEFL (min. 90) or IELTS (min. 6.5) for international students
  • No GMAT/GRE required