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Graduate certificates

Boost your credentials and advance your career with a certificate from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

Our graduate certificate programs range from 15 to 16 credits, with the cost of tuition at $1,020/credit.

Pharmacy Systems Science

The Pharmacy Systems Science certificate program provides education in the application of systems theory and systems thinking in health system pharmacy. Geisinger will serve as a reference organization for the courses and topics within the certificate program, but the principles learned are applicable in most healthcare and pharmacy settings. Pharmacy care coordination within a major healthcare provider is a complex undertaking involving multiple healthcare professionals, supply chain and procurement, patient managed care, strategic planning, data analysis and knowledge acquisition. This certificate program will provide a student with a basic tool set to understand the complexities of these interactions and will emphasize systems thinking as a way to connect pharmacy leadership to various departments, institutes and hospitals within a diverse healthcare system. This certificate will take five academic quarters to complete and consists of five three-credit courses. This program is completely virtual.

Courses (15 credits required for certificate)

  • Organizational Management in Health Systems (3)
  • Integrated Care Delivery System Leadership (3)
  • Information Systems in Healthcare Delivery (3)
  • Data Analytics in Healthcare Delivery (3)
  • Systems Thinking in Healthcare (3)

Check out course descriptions here.

Faculty

Learn how from industry leaders like:

  • Daniel Longyhore, PharmD, MS, BCACP, system director, knowledge management for pharmacy at Geisinger, a leader in pharmacy systems thinking with deep roots as an educator, including serving as director of the teaching and learning certificate program and the academy at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).
  • Larry Starr, PhD, an eminent figure in complex systems leadership and the founder of Thomas Jefferson University’s doctoral program in systems thinking.

Admissions requirements

  • A health professional degree (PharmD, RN, MD, DO or PA)
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience – If you do not have five years of experience, please obtain a letter of recommendation from a supervisor, chair or manager.
  • United States citizen or permanent residence

Emerging Challenges for Healthcare Leadership

The Emerging Challenges for Healthcare Leadership certificate program offers an education in the complexities of leadership associated with 21st century American healthcare. The certificate will delve into management essentials, project management and strategic planning associated with leadership in healthcare systems. The program will also pay particular attention to planning uncertain and complex healthcare initiatives from a leadership perspective. Woven into this curriculum is a systems thinking approach to leadership in healthcare. The certificate will take three academic quarters to complete and consists of six three-credit courses of which any five earns the certificate. This program is completely virtual.

Courses (15 credits required for certificate)

  • Management Essentials in Healthcare Organizations (3)
  • Planning in Uncertain and Complex Healthcare Initiatives (3)
  • Managing Projects in Healthcare Organizations (3)
  • Strategy and Planning in Healthcare Organizations (3)
  • Change Program Planning for Healthcare (3)
  • Interdisciplinary/Transdisciplinary Value Creation in Healthcare (3)

Check out course descriptions here.

Faculty

Learn how from industry leaders like:

  • Joel Adler, PhD, founder and president of University Informatics Associates Inc. (UIA) and former product development manager at Unisys and information systems consulting manager at Coopers and Lybrand.
  • Jean-Marc Choukroun, PhD, managing director of the Park/Mathieson Group Inc. and an internationally recognized leader in business planning, organizational change and project management. Dr. Choukroun has worked in the Americas, Europe and Asia for clients including Johnson & Johnson, Nokia, Merck, Evonik Industries, Eli Lilly, Coca-Cola (Turkey), McCormick, Quest Diagnostics, Boeing, Alstom, Newell Rubbermaid, Sunoco and more.
  • Keith Hornbacher, MBA, an experienced project risk analyst, manager, consultant and educator whose signature assignments include decision support using quantitative risk analyses of European CapEx Project alternatives for owners; NASA science missions; and large project audits for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Admissions requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a U.S. or Canadian accredited undergraduate college or university (must be completed before enrollment) 
  • United States citizen or permanent residence

Biomedical Sciences Post-Baccalaureate

The Biomedical Sciences Post-Baccalaureate certificate program provides a concentrated education regarding essential biological science courses necessary for application to health-related professional programs. This certificate program can also be used to prepare an interested student for content associated with MCAT-, DAT- and GRE-related examinations. It provides a student lacking essential admission criteria for enrollment into our Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) program a chance to prove their academic credentials for possible future matriculation into the program. The certificate will take four academic quarters to complete and consists of four four-credit courses. This program is completely virtual.

Courses (16 credits required for certificate) 

  • Biochemistry (4)
  • Cell Biology (4)
  • Human Genetics (4)
  • Physiology (4)

Check out course descriptions here.

Faculty

You'll learn from Geisinger Commonwealth's Master of Biomedical Sciences program faculty.

Admissions requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a U.S. or Canadian accredited undergraduate college or university (must be completed before enrollment)
  • The following coursework*:
    • General biology with laboratory (one year/two semesters)
    • General chemistry with laboratory (one year/two semesters)
    • Organic chemistry with laboratory (one year/two semesters)
    • English and English composition (one semester)
    • General physics with laboratory (one year/two semesters) - Optional, not required
  • United States citizen or permanent residence

* College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits may not be used to fulfill any of the above course requirements. AP credits can be used toward required courses. Also, we are currently accepting online coursework and pass/fail grades.

 

These certificates are not yet Title IV-approved and therefore students are not eligible to apply for federal loans to cover the cost of tuition.

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