Health care compliance is critical to all organization types and persons who work 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 function of a robust corporate compliance program.

Learning outcomes in this certificate program address the fundamentals of health care compliance, 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.

Why Choose Us?

  • The Certificate is fully online, so if you meet the eligibility criteria you can apply and complete the Certificate from anywhere in the world.
  • 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.
  • UWM’s College of Health Sciences is widely known for its excellent teaching and student learning environment, innovative research programs, community engagement and service to various health care professions.

What can I do with a Certificate in Healthcare Compliance?

UWM will be seeking accreditation from the Compliance Certification Board (CCB) so that students who excel in the five-course certificate program at UWM 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.



Compliance Certification Board (CCB) accreditation requires students to have a baccalaureate degree prior to taking the Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) exam or equivalent exam. Students who complete the certificate in conjunction with the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program must meet MHA admission requirements.

Post baccalaureate applicants to the Healthcare Compliance Certificate program must have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, a stated interest in working in healthcare compliance and at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA from the bachelor’s program.

  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their 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 Graduate School through the Panthera Admission Application .
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.



The UWM Healthcare Compliance Certificate includes the following five courses, which 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
Total Credits:15

There is no capstone course or internship requirement, but students are required to interview a healthcare compliance officer as part of their Healthcare Compliance course and write a reflection on the interview.

Degree seeking (Master of Healthcare Administration) students are encouraged to apply for a summer internship in a healthcare compliance role. Available internships are posted on the Health Care Compliance Association website .

Students enrolled in the MHA program will only need to take one additional course, HCA 869 (an elective) to earn the Healthcare Compliance Certificate. Students who enroll in the Healthcare Compliance Program may choose to apply the 15 credits toward the MHA degree from UWM.



The certificate program must be completed within three years of the start of your first certificate course. A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.