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Health care compliance is critical to all organization types and professionals working in the health care industry. Whether you are a health care practitioner, administrator, insurer or in a business that contracts with health care organizations, it is vital to understand the need for and the function of a robust corporate compliance program.

UWM’s certificate in healthcare compliance is accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB) . Students who excel in the program will be prepared to sit for the Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) exam offered by the CCB. A CHC designation is widely valued in the healthcare compliance community.

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Program Format

On Campus, Online

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The graduate certificate in healthcare compliance addresses fundamentals such as compliance administration, policies and procedures, oversight and committees, enforcement and reporting requirements, screening of employees and vendors, billing and coding basics, auditing and monitoring, education and training, investigations, fraud and abuse laws, and HIPAA.

  • You can complete the certificate online.
  • Our instructors do not assume that you are an expert in the law as many programs offered through law schools do, but rather teach legal compliance so that nonlawyers and lawyers alike can master the concepts.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB) accreditation requires you to have a baccalaureate degree prior to taking the Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) exam or equivalent exam.

If you complete the certificate in conjunction with the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program, you must meet MHA admission requirements.

Postbaccalaureate applicants to the certificate must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, a stated interest in working in health care compliance and a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA from the bachelor’s program.

You must declare your intention by applying to the program office or director.

All graduate certificate applicants (even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program) must apply to the UWM Graduate School.

The certificate in healthcare compliance is a 15-credit certificate with courses that are offered online and on campus.

HCA 801: Design of Health and Human Service Systems3
HCA 813: Health Regulatory Policy and Politics3
HCA 821: Operations Management in Healthcare Organizations3
HCA 868: Health Law3
HCA 869: Health Care Compliance3

A minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

There is no capstone course or internship requirement, but you are required to interview a health care compliance officer and write a reflection as part of your coursework.

If you are enrolled in the MHA program, you will only need to take one additional course, HCA 869 (an elective), to earn the certificate in healthcare compliance. If you enroll in the certificate, you may choose to apply the 15 credits toward the UWM MHA degree. To double count credit for the certificate and MHA degree, students must submit a Certificate Double-Counted Credit Evaluation Form to the Graduate School.

Please click on the cost button in the right-hand navigation to learn more about tuition for this certificate. Applicants can calculate the cost of tuition by multiplying the number of credits with the graduate credit cost.


The certificate must be completed within three years of the start of your first certificate course.

Melissa Armstrong, PhDc, MHA, BS
Clinical Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Healthcare Administration and Certificates
(414) 333-8590

Taylor Mathewson Levandoski, M.A.
Academic Program Manager
School of Biomedical Sciences & Health Care Administration
(414) 251-5431