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Health Care Compliance Certificate

Compliance with federal and state regulations has become a major focus for all areas of the health care industry-from patient referrals to billing and documentation. As federal and state governments place more emphasis on investigating and prosecuting health care fraud and other types of non-compliance, the demand for health care managers and attorneys knowledgeable in these issues has never been greater.

The Program
Quinnipiac University, through a program jointly developed by its School of Business and its School of Law, is certified by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) to offer the first university-based program in the country to train health care compliance officers. Recognizing the importance of compliance officers in all areas of the health care industry and the need to raise the level of professionalism of such officers, the two schools are committed to jointly offer this six-course certificate program in health care compliance.

Our Health Care Compliance Certificate program provides qualified students with a sound academic foundation and the skills necessary to successfully implement the administrative and management principles required to function as competent and knowledgeable health care compliance professionals.

Health Care Compliance Certificate program courses cover the following areas:

  • Principles and specifics of health care compliance
  • Principles of general management
  • Legal aspects of health care compliance
  • Principles of financial management and auditing

Graduate courses in both the School of Business and Engineering and the School of Law comprise the six-course certificate program of study. Students without a background in law will be required to complete HM 668, Legal Aspects of Health Care Delivery, as a prerequisite for the other law courses in the program. Most students admitted to the Health Care Compliance Certificate program enroll as part-time students.

After satisfactory completion of the coursework, Quinnipiac will award a Health Care Compliance Certificate. The certificate will qualify students to take the HCCA national certifying examination.

Students may also complete the program online. Interested students should apply through QUOnline.

Curriculum + Requirements

The Health Care Compliance Certificate program includes graduate courses in both the School of Business and the School of Law.

Course Title Credits
HM 630 Corporate Compliance in the Health Care Industry 3
Area I: General Management (6 credits required)
HM 621 Quality Management in Health Care Facilities 3
HM 660 Human Resource Management in Health Care Administration 3
MG 600 Business Ethics & Legal Environment 3
MG 603 Project Management 3
MG 610 Managing People & Organizations 3
Area II: Law Courses (2 courses required)
HM 668 Legal Aspects of Health Care Delivery (required for non-law students) 3
LAW 345 Law & Medicine 2
LAW 348 Advanced Law & Medicine 2
LAW 352 Health Care Business Transactions 2
LAW 542 Regulation of Health Care Industries 2
Area III: Financial Management (3 credits required)
HM 664 Financial Management in Health Care Organizations 3

Upon completing the necessary courses, students are awarded a Health Care Compliance Certificate, which qualifies them to take the HCCA board's national certification examination.


Admission to the Health Care Compliance Certificate program of study is considered on a rolling basis throughout the year. Individuals who have experience in the health care industry and hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited university are encouraged to apply. The program of study is also available to Quinnipiac master of business administration students, juris doctor students, and law students pursuing a combined JD/MBA degree. 

Candidates are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible to ensure consideration for the semester desired. A complete application consists of an application form accompanied by the application fee, two recommendations (professional), a current résumé, personal statement and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic coursework. Apply now

For more information, please call the Office of Graduate Admissions at 800-462-1944 or e-mail