Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management

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With the changing face of medicine today, health care professionals are forced to wear two hats: one medical and one management. This certificate brings together world-class faculty and leading business theory to advance the future of health care. In the shadow of Houston’s medical center, participants will learn from management experts about the business topics relevant and critical to the health care industry and develop skills in a variety of management competencies.

Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine jointly provide a maximum of 72.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Reference the Accreditation/Credit Designation and Notices at the bottom of this page.

Who Should Attend

This certificate has been developed for physician executives and other senior health care administrators, including nurse executives, medical directors, and senior administrators:

  • MDs and DOs in significant management and policy positions in health care institutions, including senior medical staff
  • PharmDs and pharmaceutical benefit managers
  • Nurse executives (VPs, CNOs, Directors)
  • Division and department leaders and senior administrators in health care institutions
  • Health care service-line leaders
  • Corporate medical directors and senior staff
  • Senior leaders in large multi-specialty group practices
  • Managed care medical directors and senior staff

All participants should have a background in health care, and are currently in a leadership position or expected to take up a leadership position in the near future. Apply online.

Program Information

Leadership and Teams: Balancing Management and Clinical Skills
November 9-10, 2018
Instructor: Brent Smith, Ph.D.
Participants identify their leadership style—how it fits into their workplace climate and culture and influences decision making.

Financial Decision Making and Reporting for Health Care Organizations
December 14-15, 2018
Instructors: Brian Rountree, Ph.D. and Alex Butler, Ph.D. Participants read and evaluate health care-related financial statements, as well as discover tools used to evaluate individual operating unit performance.

Strategic Marketing and Patient Management
January 11-12, 2019
Instructor: Vikas Mittal, Ph.D.
Participants identify key benefits that affect care and satisfaction issues for different patient segments. They also learn how to understand the financial issues involved in marketing.

Strategy Formulation and Competitive Analysis: Health Care Perspective
February 8 -9, 2019
Instructor: Prashant Kale, Ph.D.
Participants learn to develop, evaluate and implement strategies to generate value and durable competitive advantage and growth in their organizations.

Health Care Process Mapping and Quality Improvement
March 22-23, 2019
Instructor: Amit Pazgal, Ph.D.
Participants learn to understand, analyze, standardize and improve critical hospital-based health care processes, while improving efficiency and maintaining patient safety and satisfaction.

Negotiating with and Influencing People
May 3-4, 2019
Instructor: Jing Zhou, Ph.D.
Participants sharpen relevant skills and practice techniques that can improve negotiated outcomes in a health care context. They diagnose their negotiation competencies and styles and also prepare systematically and efficiently to influence colleagues and subordinates through negotiation.

What Participants Are Saying

One month after receiving the Graduate CertiïŹcate in Health Care Management I was able to apply the knowledge and skills obtained in the Negotiating with and InïŹ‚uencing People module to re-negotiate a 70 percent increase in my next contract which more than returned the investment I made in the course.

Ronald Andrews, M.D.
Physician, Owner Pediatric and Internal Medicine Associates
Woman’s Hospital
The program has broadened my perspective and given me tools and resources to use in my new role. The instructors were top notch with real world and academic experience in their ïŹeld. The case studies made class discussions engaging.

Shannon McCord, R.N.
Director, Patient Care Services, West Campus
Texas Children’s Hospital

Upcoming Dates: Cycle 18 (November 2018 - May 2019). Apply today to reserve a seat.

Tuition: $11,250. Tuition includes class materials, daily breakfast and lunch.

Accreditation/Credit Designation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University. Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 72.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


In order to meet the requirements of the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education, it is the policy of Baylor College of Medicine that all individuals who are in a position to control the content of a CME activity (activity director, planning committee member, and faculty) disclose relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. All identified conflicts of interest are managed to help ensure that the educational material is scientifically based, accurate, current, and objectively presented.  Specific disclosure will be made to the participants prior to the educational activity.

Faculty, topics, program schedule, and credits are subject to change. Audio or videotaping is prohibited without written permission from the Office of Continuing Medical Education, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Cancellation Policy
Attendance at a Rice University Executive Education program requires significant advance preparation. Written notice of cancellation must be received more than 30 days prior to the program start date to be eligible for a full refund less a 6% administrative fee. At Rice University Executive Education’s discretion, qualified substitutes for confirmed registrations may be accommodated prior to the program start date with written notice and will incur no fee for substitution. Notice given after 30 days prior to the program will not be eligible for a refund.

It is expected that applicants have their own health insurance valid in the United States. The university is not responsible for medical expenses incurred by participants during the program.


Alex Butler

Alexander W. Butler

Professor of Finance
Prashant Kale

Prashant Kale

Associate Professor of Strategic Management
Vikas Mittal

Vikas Mittal

J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Management (Marketing)
Amit Pazgal

Amit Pazgal

Friedkin Chair in Management and Professor of Marketing and Operations Management
Brian Rountree

Brian Rountree

Associate Professor of Accounting
Brent Smith

D. Brent Smith

Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education, Associate Professor of Management and Psychology (Organizational Behavior)
Jing Zhou

Jing Zhou

Houston Endowment Professor of Management and Psychology (Organizational Behavior)