Please Note:

The Health Care Management CAGS program is not currently accepting applications. Students in the CAGS program take courses in the School of Business Health Care MBA and MBA programs. In spring 2016, the MBA programs were transitioned to an online delivery method, via the HealthCareMBA@Simmmons and MBA@Simmons. The SOM is evaluating when the Health Care Management CAGS will be restarted.

Located in the heart of Boston's Longwood Medical Area, the Simmons Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Health Care Management (CAGS) prepares individuals who have graduate degrees in other disciplines to be health care administrators and leaders. The certificate program is designed to build on each student's strengths and to introduce new concepts in health care and management.

Management and leadership are important skills for men and women seeking advancement in health care organizations. For example, senior clinicians with advanced degrees in the health professions (medicine, nursing, social work, pharmacy, nutrition and physical therapy) often are challenged by the "business side" of health care. Individuals who aspire to senior management or the C-Suite need special training in finance, organizational dynamics and leadership to be successful. Alternatively, professionals with general business or other non-clinical degrees wishing to transition into health care often are challenged by the unique requirements of the industry.

Our accomplished, accessible faculty members have decades of high-level experience working in and with the health care sector, and they provide invaluable knowledge and insight into the industry. Imagine learning about quality and governance from the Chair of the Trustees group at the Massachusetts Hospital Association, or about payment systems from an advisor to USAID and the World Bank, or about health care finance from a former chief financial officer at Massachusetts General Hospital, and you'll have a sense of just some of the real-world expertise that they bring to the classroom.

Simmons professors are actively engaged in the health care and business worlds as top-tier administrators, successful consultants, distinguished researchers, and visionary community leaders. Their achievements and specialties cover a wide range of areas, from Medicare and Medicaid policy, health care reform, R&D, and asset and liability management to leadership development, biotechnology, and international health care.

Our faculty present at major health care conferences and their research appears regularly in such prestigious health care and business journals as the Journal of Healthcare Management, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Health Services Research, and the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

Program Requirements

The Simmons Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Health Care Management is a flexible 15 credit program designed to support and develop the management and health care skills that are aligned with each student's individual interests and career goals. Each student will work with the Program Director to develop a tailored program of study.

Sample Courses of Study:

Student's Interest: Health Care Applications

Health Economics
The Health System
Health Care Marketing
Health Care Law and Ethics
Health Care Quality and Measurement

Student's Interest: Health Care Finance
Health Economics
The Health System
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Managerial Accounting
Health Care Finance

Student's Interest: Health Care Quality
Health Economics
The Health System
Health Care Quality and Measurement
Health Policy
Health Care Law and Ethics

    Stacy Blake-Beard
    • Stacy Blake-Beard
    • Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor of Women and Leadership, and Sr. Faculty Affiliate, Center for Gender in Organizations
    • Phone: 617-521-3833
    • Office: M335
    Robert Coulam
    • Robert Coulam
    • Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2372
    • Office: M351
    Gary Gaumer
    • Gary Gaumer
    • Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2373
    • Office: M342
    Indra Guertler
    • Indra Guertler
    • Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-3883
    • Office: M438
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