Online Graduate Certificate Programs in Health Law, Policy & Compliance

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In 2017 the US Government Accountability Office estimated that over $52 billion was lost to fraudulent Medicare claims. Subsequently, this and other claims of fraud and mismanagement have increased the number of laws, policies, and regulations in healthcare. Staying abreast of these laws takes educated and trained professionals who have a firm understanding of health law, policy, and compliance.

Many professionals who want health law literacy, and don’t have the time or inclination for law school, can opt to complete a graduate certificate in health law, policy, and compliance. These certificate programs can be completed in as little as three months for the shorter courses or over 18 months for the longer ones. Students who enroll in one of these certificate programs will gain a basic understanding of health law, ethics, compliance, policy, and regulation.

This legal knowledge can make graduates valuable members of any healthcare team. Many programs even prepare students to sit for a Compliance Certification Board (CCB) certification exam. Passing a CCB certification exam demonstrates competency in this field and can help with employment or advancement opportunities.

The most common admission requirement for these programs is to have earned a bachelor’s degree. Some certificate programs have more stringent admission requirements, including letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. Often, international students are required to provide proof of English proficiency through an IELTS or TOEFL exam.

With the increased popularity of online learning, many of these certificate programs are offered online. This allows students to complete their studies without having to relocate. Many programs are offered asynchronously, allowing students to complete their studies at their own pace without sacrificing family life or their current career path.

Online certificate programs in health law, policy, and compliance are taught at law and graduate schools across the US. Continue reading to learn about some of the top programs in the country.

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