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About The Heersink Family Graduate Certificate Program in Health Services Management

Are you a medical or business professional interested in healthcare administration? If so, Troy University’s Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management is for you. Made possible by the Heersink Family Foundation, the health services management certificate aims to bring together business and medicine to improve healthcare. It provides you with the online training and expertise you need to excel in healthcare administration careers.

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“Formal education in management and leadership will always better prepare individuals for leadership positions, particularly when paired with real-world experience. Based on the state of healthcare in America, this program is very relevant. This program will benefit people working in a range of disciplines in the healthcare industry, and I would recommend it to others seeking graduate-level education and career advancement opportunities.”
Brent Cavanias | Senior Enlisted Leader, Oregon National Guard Joint Domestic Operations Command | 2023 Graduate, Heersink Family Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management

Bringing Together Business and Healthcare

Build a unique skill set that encompasses business principles and healthcare delivery. At TROY, you’ll prepare for health services management jobs by learning about broad economic concepts such as supply and demand, marginal revenues, marginal costs and scarcity. You’ll also develop expertise in finance, management strategies, industry structure and achieving a competitive advantage in the healthcare environment. This knowledge will help you move from a healthcare provider or business person to a healthcare administrator — and set you apart in the job market.

Healthcare Administration: A Bright Career Outlook

Become one of the most in-demand healthcare professionals. This TROY certificate prepares you for numerous careers in health services administration, jobs that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates will grow by 32% by 2030. How much does a healthcare administrator make? The median wage for health services managers is $104,830 per year, according to the BLS. TROY’s program equips you with the skills you need to become competitive for health services management jobs in both the public and private sectors.
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The Heersink Family Graduate Certificate Program in Health Services Management Curriculum

While specific courses may vary from year to year, health services management courses may include:
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The Heersink Family Graduate Certificate Program in Health Services Management Locations

Get the flexibility you need by taking health services management courses online. For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756.

The Heersink Family and TROY: A Shared Purpose to Fill a Critical Need

Our distinctive Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management was created as the result of a generous endowment from the Heersink Family Foundation and a shared goal of improving healthcare using business principles. After recognizing a need for business training among medical professionals in Dothan, Dr. Marnix Heersink, an ophthalmologist and founder of Eye Center South, helped spearhead the program’s launch.

Dr. Heersink sees the understanding of business concepts, healthcare economics and management strategies as essential to providing better patient care and also improving communication and organizational growth. Dr. Heersink believes that the Sorrell College of Business, in collaboration with the College of Health Sciences, can make a positive impact on communities by delivering better healthcare. His foundation continues to make the program possible and provides support to graduate students via scholarships.
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The Heersink Family Graduate Certificate Program in Health Services Management Careers

With this certificate, you will prepare for healthcare administrator jobs in private and nonprofit healthcare organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, medical practices and clinics.

Faculty Profiles

Dr. Judson Edwards

Dr. Judson Edwards

Dr. Judson Edwards is Dean of the Sorrell College of Business and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Blood Service Economics. He has over 20 years of academic leadership experience and was instrumental in the College’s receipt of the AACSB Business and Accounting accreditation. Dr. Edwards is also an Associate Professor of Economics at TROY. His research interests include rural economic development, digital economy and information technology in rural America.

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FAQ About The Heersink Family Graduate Certificate Program in Health Services Management

Learn more about healthcare administration and our program.
What is health services management?

Health services management is the process of planning, organizing, directing and overseeing healthcare services delivery. Healthcare managers use leadership, communication and problem-solving skills to help ensure services are effective, efficient and accessible. 

Is healthcare management a good career?
If you are interested in making a difference in healthcare and assuming a leadership role in a healthcare organization, healthcare management is a good career. Healthcare managers can work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, medical practices, public health agencies and nonprofit organizations. Healthcare managers also enjoy a diverse set of responsibilities, excellent job security and high salaries.
How much does a healthcare administrator make?
Healthcare administrator jobs vary in salary depending on the organization. According to the BLS, the median salary for medical and health services managers is $104,830 per year.
What does a healthcare administrator do?
A healthcare administrator has a variety of responsibilities within an organization. Their primary aim is to improve healthcare delivery by ensuring quality and efficiency. Healthcare administrators can be responsible for leadership, operations, human resources and financial aspects of an organization. They work with doctors, nurses, other administrators, staff and insurance companies to ensure the organization’s success.

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The Heersink Family Graduate Certificate Program in Health Services Management establishes a new perspective on healthcare administration.

Preparing for Healthcare Administration Jobs

Healthcare is a business that occupies a variety of settings. Whether healthcare services are provided in a patient’s home, a physician’s office, an urgent care center or a large city hospital, each setting requires careful management to ensure all aspects of the business run smoothly and efficiently — for both the provider and the patient.

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