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Stand Out in a Growth Market

Earn Your Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Compliance Online

Elevate patient security, healthcare operations and your career with Kent State's flexible online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Compliance program. Learn what you need to know to confidently navigate the complex landscape of healthcare regulation and take your place at the forefront of this fast-growing healthcare administration specialty in as few as three semesters. Designed by top compliance experts, the program is taught by Kent State's esteemed faculty with healthcare compliance certifications.

Course Delivery
100% online
Total Credits
Approximate Cost per Credit
$695 in state
$705 out of state
Time to Completion
Earn your certificate in as few as 3 semesters
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Take your career to a higher level with Kent State’s affordable, flexible undergraduate and graduate public health programs. Our 100% online programs allow you to keep up with your current responsibilities while you study. Find out how these programs can help you create the career and positive public health impact you want to have.

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  • Career Opportunities
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  • The Student Experience
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Confidently Manage Compliance

Since its establishment in 2009, Kent State University’s College of Public Health (CPH) has consistently led with innovative and high-quality online education. Continuing its drive to pioneer new pathways in health education, Kent State proudly offers the online Healthcare Compliance Certificate program.

Designed for public health professionals aiming to excel in a crucial new area of healthcare management, this program equips participants with the knowledge and skills to devise, manage and evaluate compliance frameworks in various healthcare settings. While most healthcare regulatory compliance certification education is offered by law schools, Kent State College of Public Health's groundbreaking online program provides a unique perspective on this important specialization.

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Education That Works for You

The certificate is available as a standalone credential or as part of the Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in Health Policy and Management. The flexible program’s asynchronous course delivery helps working professionals maintain their other commitments and responsibilities while pursuing their professional education goals.

Kent State University is proud to be accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and recognized for outstanding service to the extended military community, and all students, with the Military Friendly Silver Designation.

In-Demand Expertise Within Your Grasp

Kent State University's online healthcare compliance training courses outshine other online programs in quality, flexibility and value. The Kent State program uniquely positions you for career impact in as few as three semesters while imparting the essential knowledge and skills for navigating the complex healthcare regulatory environment. All course content is available on your schedule, and the total tuition for the certificate program is under $11,000.

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Healthcare Compliance Graduate Certificate Program Overview

Earn Kent State's 15-credit hour healthcare compliance certificate online to elevate your professional stature and make a tangible impact on healthcare quality and ethics. This program prepares you to adeptly navigate the intricate landscape of healthcare regulations through a comprehensive exploration of healthcare law and regulation, privacy and security, and healthcare compliance practices.

Master the critical skills necessary to design, implement and assess effective compliance programs, contributing to the integrity and efficiency of healthcare systems. Your expertise will directly support organizational adherence to laws and regulations, safeguarding patients and healthcare providers alike by ensuring ethical practices within the healthcare sector. By completing this healthcare industry compliance certificate, you become an indispensable asset to organizations across the growing healthcare sector.

Online for Convenience, On-Site for Impact

Kent State’s Healthcare Compliance Certificate program offers the option of combining a practicum with your online coursework to help you stand out with real-world compliance experience. If you elect to include a practicum in your coursework, a dedicated practicum coordinator will help you arrange a placement in your community to translate your learning into real-world impact.

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Build Your Career as You Go and Apply Your Certificate Courses to Your MPH

Deepen your healthcare expertise and enhance your resume with the Kent State online Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Designed for working professionals with a passion for advancing healthcare, this rigorous and respected 46-credit-hour program also offers asynchronous coursework, enabling you to seamlessly manage your coursework and other commitments.

Use your healthcare compliance knowledge immediately in the workplace and apply your credits directly to your Master of Public Health with a Health Policy and Management specialization. With this innovative program design, you can earn two high-quality credentials for the same price, solidifying your expertise and positioning you for leadership roles in the evolving healthcare landscape.

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Rising Demand for Healthcare Compliance Professionals

Because healthcare and healthcare regulations constantly evolve, the demand for healthcare compliance professionals is skyrocketing. Compliance roles are a fast-growing part of the burgeoning medical and health services management field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a growth rate for medical and health services management jobs that is 28%, remarkably higher than the average job growth rate. Specialists who can confidently navigate the complexities of healthcare regulations will be in demand.1

Growth Rate for Medical and Healthcare Managers
2022 through 20321
Average Healthcare Compliance Manager Salary2

What’s Driving the Demand

Technological innovations such as artificial intelligence, telemedicine and health data analytics are transforming patient care. While beneficial, these advancements create new challenges in ethics, privacy and security, while spurring the creation of more regulation at different levels of government. Compliance professionals step into this evolving landscape to create frameworks to ensure these technologies are used responsibly and ethically.3

The Role of Healthcare Compliance Officers

Healthcare compliance officers are the backbone of a safe and ethical healthcare environment. The qualities essential for success in this vital role include ethical judgment, clear communication, unwavering attention to detail, leadership and a comprehensive understanding of healthcare laws. The wide-ranging duties for these professionals include:4

  • Conducting internal audits
  • Developing policies
  • Training staff to ensure regulatory compliance

Opportunities in Diverse Organizations

The field of healthcare compliance offers many career opportunities across various settings, from hospitals and health plans to medical equipment companies and pharmaceutical industries. These diverse roles allow you to choose your unique path to making a positive difference in the healthcare industry.3

Healthcare Compliance Graduate Certificate Program Outcomes

Move toward mastery of the crucial field of healthcare compliance with Kent State's online healthcare compliance training courses. This graduate program is tailor-made to fuel your career with focused expertise:

Decoding healthcare laws and regulations: Arm yourself with knowledge to skillfully navigate the legal maze of one of the most regulated sectors in the U.S.

Championing privacy and security: Learn the ins and outs of safeguarding patient health information, grounded in the core principles of the HIPAA and HITECH Acts.

Specialized proficiency: Forge your own path by choosing an elective that expands your understanding of the U.S. healthcare system or offers practical experience in a local healthcare setting.

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Career Outcomes: How the Certificate in Healthcare Compliance Can Boost Your Career

Your Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Compliance will help you provide valuable service to healthcare organizations, their patients and stakeholders. Leading organizations in these areas will welcome your expertise.

  • Hospitals
  • Health systems
  • Medical groups/physician practices
  • Long-term/palliative/eldercare organizations
  • Behavioral health organizations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Consulting firms

Kent State Offers You Certified, Accredited Expertise

CEPH accreditation for the College of Public Health and individual faculty certifications reflect Kent State’s commitment to professional excellence and your success. All the courses in the healthcare compliance certificate online program are taught by faculty with HCC certifications.

Because Kent State’s widely respected faculty is deeply involved in efforts to improve patient safety and operational excellence in the healthcare industry, the school has been able to work with skilled nursing facility administrators, chief privacy officers and other healthcare leaders to create a truly empowering curriculum for you.

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Ohio ResidentOut of State
Per Credit Hour$695$705
Approximate Program Cost$10,425*$10,575*

*Tuition and costs effective as of February 5, 2024. Tuition rates are not inclusive of textbooks and fees. Tuition and costs are subject to change and should be confirmed on the University’s official tuition listing at

An additional distance learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $15 per credit hour. Kent State University recognizes that pursuing graduate education is a significant financial outlay. Your admissions outreach advisor can answer your questions on program costs, discuss how a Kent State degree compares to others and connect you with additional information resources.

Please contact an admissions outreach advisor for more information on tuition and fees either by email at or toll-free at +1 844‑234‑4073.

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Program Structure and Organization

The 15-credit-hour online Healthcare Compliance graduate certificate comprises five courses, and you have the option of choosing between an online course and an on-site practicum as one of them. Focusing on one course at a time, you can complete two 7-week courses each semester while keeping up your other commitments. If you choose to include the practicum, a dedicated coordinator will help you find a local placement where you can translate your learning into real-world practice.

The Flexibility and Support You Need to Succeed

  • 6 annual start dates
  • No GRE requirement
  • Asynchronous courses and a powerful, user-friendly learning management system
  • 5 focused 7-week courses, including an optional practicum in your community
  • Includes 1-year HCCA membership, with discounted exam fees and a free CHC certification test preparation guide

Because the courses in Kent State’s healthcare industry compliance certification program are focused and fast-paced, you can earn your graduate certificate in as little as few semesters. Let Kent State help you achieve your professional public health goals.

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The courses are listed in the recommended sequence order. You can choose between the last two, HPM 63003 and HPM 60192, to complete the healthcare compliance certificate program. Each course earns 3 credits toward your credential, and if you choose to earn an MPH, they will carry the same credit.

HPM 63008 Healthcare Privacy and Security

This course introduces students to the fundamental concerns addressed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The course will explore the Privacy and Security Rules, and the HITECH Act Provisions, Enforcement, and Omnibus Final Rule. By the end of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of healthcare privacy and security.

HPM 62017 Healthcare Law and Regulation

This course covers the underlying theories behind healthcare law and regulation as well as specific provisions affecting the organization, delivery, and payment of primary health services. Administrators and clinicians will gain a basic understanding of the regulatory environment and provisions impacting their practice in one of the most heavily regulated industries in the United States.

HPM 63009 Healthcare Compliance I

In this course, students will examine the historical background of compliance programs and the process involved in developing a compliance program primarily based in the healthcare system.

HPM 63010 Healthcare Compliance II

This course focuses on the compliance functions within a healthcare operation that implement, operate, and evaluate the existing compliance program. Students must complete HPM 63009, Healthcare Compliance I before taking this course.

HPM 63003 Health Care Systems

In this course, students will examine the conceptual basis for the U.S. healthcare system; its historical origins; the structures, resources, and processes of care; how quality and costs are supported and constrained; and the impact of recent legislation. Students may take either this course or HPM 60192 to complete the Healthcare Compliance Graduate Certificate program.

HPM 60192 Applied Practice Experience in HPM

Observation and participation in healthcare compliance activities of a public health agency, hospital or other approved organization. The student completes the field experience with joint supervision from the university and an approved organization or agency. The practicum requires 150 contact hours and the topics will be approved by the program coordinator in conjunction with the student and site preceptor. Students may take either this course or HPM 63003 to complete the Healthcare Compliance Graduate Certificate program.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Bachelor’s degree, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), from an accredited university
  • Application fee: $15
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume/CV
  • Goal statement
  • There are no requirements for the GRE, or recommendation letter

Language Proficiency for International Students

International students must provide proof of English language proficiency with an acceptable score on one of the following tests.

TestMinimum score
TOEFL PBT (paper-based test)550
TOEFL IBT (internet-based test)79

There are a limited number of specific exceptions to this requirement. Contact an admissions outreach advisor for more information.

The application process is simple and we’re here to guide you through it.

Admissions outreach advisors are available to answer your questions regarding admissions requirements for the program. If you have questions, please email us at or call us toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.

Important Dates

Priority Application Deadline
Fall 2024 Term
Final Application Deadline
Fall 2024 Term
First Day of Class
Fall 2024 Term

Application FAQs

Begin your application by creating an account in the online application system to save your work and track the progress of materials submitted via the system.

I am a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required application materials should be sent to the Division of Graduate Studies at or by mail to:

Division of Graduate Studies
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242

Please be sure to include your full name and Kent State ID (9 digit number starting with 8) on all submitted documents. For questions, contact Graduate Admissions at +1 330-672-2661 or

I am not a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required documents should be submitted to the Office of Global Education at or by mail to:

Office of Global Education
Kent State University
106 Van Campen Hall
625 Loop Rd.
Kent, OH 44242

For questions, contact International Admissions at +1 330-672-7970 or

Build Your Career With an Online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Compliance

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Immersive Online Curriculum

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Award-Winning Faculty

Study with authorities who are at the forefront of health research and policy.

MPH Career Potential

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Important Dates

Priority Application Deadline
Fall 2024 Term
Final Application Deadline
Fall 2024 Term
First Day of Class
Fall 2024 Term

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