Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance

Offered by the College of Professional Studies & the Milken Institute School of Public Health in partnership with the law firm of Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidel LLP

Classes Held Online with Short-Term Residencies in Alexandria, VA 

Today, the person most essential to your healthcare organization's long term success may not be a doctor, nurse, or technician. Increasingly, the most vital person in your company may be the one who helps you navigate a tangled web of laws, regulations and certifications. Who promotes policies and guidelines that help keep you open for business? Who is responsible for monitoring day-to-day operations to be sure that you can survive scrutiny from government auditors investigating potential fraud or Stark violations? That person is your corporate compliance officer.

Given the dramatic changes in healthcare policy and regulation over the past decade, the position of corporate compliance officer has become increasingly important in the healthcare industry. No other position can have so profound an impact on your healthcare organization's success—or failure. Legislation such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the federal Anti-Kickback and Stark Laws has created the need for university-based credentials for this increasingly specialized—and increasingly complicated—field.

Recent health reform legislation, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, has raised the bar even higher. These laws make significant changes, including increased penalties, to the laws and regulations that govern the healthcare industry.

To this end, The George Washington University presents the Graduate Certificate Program in Healthcare Corporate Compliance. This one-of-a-kind program provides a comprehensive corporate compliance education. Drawing from both GW's Department of Health Policy in the Milken Institute School of Public Health and a leading healthcare law firm in Washington, DC, the program offers education in healthcare laws and regulations as well as tools and strategies for creating effective corporate compliance programs.

As the center of federal healthcare policy and enforcement, Washington provides the ideal backdrop for this program, allowing unparalleled access to experts in the field, including current and former regulators and policymakers, and other compliance professionals. No other course or program can offer this level of expertise. A well-educated compliance officer may be your organization's most important asset.



Designed for working professionals, the 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance provides students with a uniquely comprehensive view of healthcare corporate compliance. The program is open to current or aspiring corporate compliance officers and can be completed in just over seven months.

  • Accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB).
  • Five-day In-classroom Residency at GW's Graduate Education Center in Alexandria,VA (3 credits)
  • Six-month Online Distance Learning segment (6 credits)
  • Three-day Capstone Residency back in Alexandria, VA (3 credits)
  • Stackable Credentials - Credits earned through the Graduate Certificate may be applied toward both the in-person and online Master of Public Health Degree in Health Policy, the MHSA in Health Services Management & Leadership (HSML), and the MS in Health Policy for those students who meet the applicable admission criteria. Credits may also be applied to the GW Master's degree in Paralegal Studies with a concentration in Healthcare Corporate Compliance.

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Program Representative
Mona Yep
(703) 299-0199
Program Director 
Professor Jane Hyatt Thorpe, J.D.
(202) 994-4183

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