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Health Care Compliance Online Graduate Certificate Program

A fully online, accelerated 10-month graduate certificate program designed for working professionals 

Classes Start January 6, 2020 – APPLY NOW

We developed Pitt Law's Health Care Compliance Online (HCC Online) by working with experts in compliance, law, and online education. Our advanced, accelerated program will support you as you take on more strategic compliance roles. 

Learn the relevant law, practical applications of compliance, best practices and explore current issues.

Interact with expert faculty—professors from the School of Law and Graduate School of Public Health, current and former federal regulators, and compliance industry experts.

Network and collaborate with your peers in other industries and locations through innovative online applications.

Work on weekly assignments when and where you choose.

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This program is accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)®. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the Compliance Certification Board's five exams:

  • Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP)®
  • Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC)®
  • Certified in Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC)®
  • Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC®)
  • Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional - International (CCEP-I)®

HCC Online is eligible for Post 911 GI Bill® benefits. Check here to learn more about your education and training benefits.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs(VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Who Should Enroll?

  • Compliance professionals who wish to enhance their understanding and professional development
  • Attorneys who wish to acquire an appreciation of the compliance industry, client needs, and issues
  • Health care professionals who must understand compliance
  • Industry administrators and leaders
  • Those interested in an exciting career change

Affordable and Flexible

HCC Online course work is asynchronous, meaning there are no scheduled meeting times or locations. You will complete most courses in just eight weeks, working through weekly modules, based on your own schedule and from any location.

HCC Online's total tuition is $9,600 which is less than the cost of comparable programs from any other university.

NEW! MSL Online Combined Programs 

Students who successfully complete a Pitt Law Online Certificate—in Health Care Compliance Online or Human Resources Law Online—may apply the 15 credits earned in the online program to the Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree. This option allows students to earn both the certificate and the MSL in 30 credit hours, at an accelerated rate, and with reduced tuition costs. Pitt Law offers a multitude of advanced degrees and certifications for non-lawyers who seek an alternative to the traditional three-year Juris Doctor. These programs are designed for graduates and professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge and understanding of legal systems and how they interact with their studies or professional field.

Virtual Open House: Register To Watch

For a video overview of the Health Care Compliance Online program, watch the virtual open house. The video explores the program and details the benefits of this graduate certificate. Approximate viewing time: 10 minutes. 

For more information contact:
(412) 383-5061

Program Director:
Mary Nell Cummings
Professor of Law
(412) 383-5061

Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution. Admissions decisions will be made based on professional experience, academic credentials, and a personal statement. In some instances an interview (online or via phone) may be required. 

Candidates apply to the HCC Online program through Pitt Online

The objectives of the Health Care Compliance Online program are to:

  • Provide an understanding of the laws that shape the health care industry in general, and compliance in particular;
  • Help students acquire a deeper understanding of the regulatory context of compliance;
  • Help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to identify compliance issues, guide change, and navigate complexity while supporting an ethical culture;
  • Identify best practices in compliance management;
  • Enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills in a compliance context;
  • Help students acquire knowledge and skills to manage conflict;
  • Improve students’ communication and presentation skills; and
  • Facilitate peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities.

Our Mission

Our mission is to equip current and future compliance professionals with the knowledge, skills and judgment they need to institute and champion ethical compliance in a rapidly changing environment.

Our Values

Integrity – We practice being truthful and ethical in day-to-day activities as well as in times of great challenge.  This requires a strong sense of self and on occasion, great courage.

Knowledge – We seek to understand complex concepts as well as to master how we use these concepts for the benefit and safety of patients.  We have an excellent grasp of the subject matter of compliance.

Compassion –We recognize and appreciate that the wellbeing of the health care patient is at the heart of all our efforts.

Creativity – We prize and instill critical thinking, curiosity, and imagination as we prepare future compliance leaders to spot issues, evaluate challenges and solve problems.

Teamwork – We achieve more together than we ever can alone.  Effective compliance cannot exist without teamwork. We value respect, diversity, and trust as we leverage the power of teamwork. 

1. Why has Pitt Law decided to offer this new program?

We spoke with many employers—large and small—in the health care industry. All said there is a growing need for compliance professionals who understand the reasons behind the rules and can apply specialized knowledge and an understanding of the broader business context to solve problems and work with their organizations to ensure ethical compliance. Health Care Compliance (HCC) Online is designed to meet this need. In addition, our research told us attorneys, administrators, and health care professionals are also interested in a program like ours, because compliance is becoming a more significant part of their responsibilities.

2. When are applications due??

Classes Start January 6, 2020

3. Who should enroll in this program?

HCC Online is ideal for compliance professionals who want to augment their professional development. It is also an excellent program for those who may need or want to have a deeper understanding of compliance, or who are looking for a career change. Our program is also particularly suitable for attorneys, administrators, health care professionals, and social workers who work with compliance issues. Our research indicates these professionals are particularly interested in the content of our program. 

4. How long does the program take?

HCC Online commences each January and concludes each October. Students take one course at a time, but each course is delivered in an accelerated format and is only eight weeks long. This means students take two courses in the spring semester; enjoy a short break; take two courses over the summer; enjoy a second break; and take a final course in the fall semester, finishing in October. 

5. How much does the program cost?

HCC Online provides 15 graduate-level credit hours of education for $9,600, or $640 per credit hour plus any additional fees and the cost of books. Students should check with their employers to see if they offer tuition reimbursement for this program. 

6. Do the credits earned in Health Care Compliance Online transfer to other University graduate programs?

Students earn 3 graduate credits from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law for each course completed in the HCC Online program. Students interested in applying HCC Online courses toward other graduate degrees should check with the degree program/institution of interest to determine if the credits will be accepted for that program.

7. How much work should I expect?

There is a significant amount of work in the program because courses are accelerated. Students should plan on at least 12 hours per week for course work.  In addition, because there are no extensive lectures, most of the work is self-directed. You choose when and where you do your work. Classes are delivered through weekly modules and include weekly assessments, so you will always know how you are doing and be able to test your understanding of important concepts. 

8. What are the requirements for admission?

Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution. Admissions decisions will be made based on professional experience, academic credentials, and a personal statement. In some instances an interview (online or via phone) may be required. 

9. I don’t have an undergraduate degree with a cumulative 3.0, can I still be admitted?

Students who earned lower GPAs may certainly be admitted based on their work experience, their application, and potentially an interview, which would take place by phone or online. 

10. Who are the faculty?

Our expert faculty is composed of professors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Graduate School of Public Health, as well as current and former federal regulators and industry experts.

11. Are the courses also taught on campus?

No. Each course was developed specifically for an online environment. Courses are tailored to meet the needs of working professionals who enroll in this program while maintaining their full-time professional pursuits. 

12. Do I have to be online at a specific time to complete the course work?

No. All course materials can be accessed at any time and students can work on their own schedules to complete assignments by course deadlines. However, group projects will require coordination among your online team members. 

13. Will I be required to come to the Pittsburgh campus at any time?

No. While our campus is beautiful, and we welcome visitors, you will not be required to come to campus as part of the program. 

14. What resources will be available to me as a student?

You will have full access to the University of Pittsburgh library system, the Writing Center, and a host of other support services. To learn more, visit Pitt Online.

15. What final grade point average (GPA) is needed to successfully earn the certificate?

Students earning the certificate will be required to earn a final GPA of 3.0.

16. How much should I expect to pay for books in this program?

Most books are available both as new and as used textbooks. Students who will buy new books can expect to spend an average of approximately $550.00 on new books over the five courses. Students can reduce this cost by buying used books, or taking advantage of book rental programs through providers like Amazon. 

17. Is financial aid available?

Unfortunately, financial aid for this program is not available through the University.

18. If I have federal student loans, will they be deferred during the time I am in the Health Care Compliance Graduate Certificate Program?

Students who are enrolled at the University on a part time basis (at least six credit hours per semester) are entitled to federal student loan deferment. Under the HCC Online program, students may take two courses in the spring semester, two courses in the summer semester, and one course in the fall semester. This means that federal student loans would be deferred for the spring and summer semesters, but not for the fall semester.

19. Do I need to be an expert with technology? What kind of computer equipment do I need?

While you needn’t be a technology expert to take an online class, you should have some proficiency with a computer, e-mail, saving and writing electronic documents and navigating the Internet. Additionally, your computer will need to meet our minimum technology standards in order to access online course content. Make sure to check our technology requirements. Our technical requirements are listed on our Support page.

20. I’ve never taken an online course before. Will I receive any training?

As a Pitt Online student, you will have access to our online Student Orientation course, tutorials and the student handbook. Additionally you’ll have access to our 24/7 technical resources to support any questions about the online course system and materials.

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Program Overview

Each course in Health Care Compliance Online awards three graduate-level credits and most are completed in eight weeks. The program starts in early January of each year. Each year’s cohort takes four core courses that provide a strong foundation and clear understanding of health care compliance issues. After completing the core courses, students customize their final capstone course. They select three of seven two-week seminars and also work closely with the Program Director to complete an individual project in their area of interest.

Core Courses:

Introduction to the Legal System for Health Care Compliance (3 credits)

  • Public goals and private incentives
  • Tort law and liability
  • Contract law and liability
  • Corporate law and creating new entities by agreement
  • Legislation and regulation - establishing public policy and creating private obligations
  • Administrative law – the role of agencies in shaping public policy and their use of enforcement tools

Legal Aspects of Health Care Compliance (3 credits)

  • Compliance program elements
  • Fraud and abuse laws
  • Stark law
  • HIPAA/HITECH privacy and security
  • Conditions of participation
  • Coding and billing, documentation, medical necessity
  • Internal investigations   

Professional Judgment and Ethics (3 credits)

  • Organizational ethics, mission and values
  • Professional judgment
  • Core values
  • Managing conflict
  • Health care ethics and business decisions

Effective Compliance Program Development and Skills (3 credits)

  •  Implementing and facilitating oversight
  • Risk assessments
  • Creating impactful policies and procedures
  • Training and education strategies
  • Opening and maintaining lines of communication
  • Audit and monitoring
  • Corrective action

Student-Structured Final Course:

Selected Applications in Compliance (3 credits)

  • Students select three seminars to customize their substantive focus, and complete an individual project with the Program Director.
  • Seminars offered:

  • Seminar class limits: 15 students.

Privacy Compliance  
Advanced Privacy Compliance Research Compliance
Compliance for Hospitals and Providers Compliance for Insurers
Advanced Compliance for Hospitals and Providers  Life Sciences Compliance


In this Section

  • Apply Now

    Apply Now

    Students and professionals who wish to enroll in the Health Care Compliance Online graduate certificate program apply online at Pitt Online.

  • Course Descriptions

    Course Descriptions

    Explore an in-depth overview of the Health Care Compliance Online courses and modules that students take over the ten-month graduate certificate program.

  • Faculty


    The Health Care Compliance Online expert faculty comprise of professors at Pitt Law, the Graduate School of Public Health, current and former regulators, and compliance industry experts.