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Healthcare Corporate Compliance Graduate Certificate

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 the complex web of healthcare statutes, regulations, and certifications, your healthcare compliance officer.

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 professionals and can be completed in just over seven months.

All students who successfully complete the Healthcare Corporate Compliance Certificate are eligible to transfer credits into the in-person or online Master’s degrees in Public Health or Health Administration, both offered in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health, if admitted. Credits also may apply to the Master of Professional Studies in Paralegal Studies.


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""Program at a Glance

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D.C. provides the ideal backdrop for study, providing unparalleled access to experts in the field, including current and former regulators and policymakers, and other compliance professionals.

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The program is offered by CPS and the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health, in partnership with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidel LLP, a leading healthcare law firm in Washington, D.C.

""Where You'll Study

You'll study online and in Alexandria, VA in 2 short-term residency programs

You’ll begin the program with a five-day residency, followed by a six-month Online Distance Learning segment, and end the program with a three-day Capstone Residency.


What You'll Study

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Our 12-credit program curriculum includes education in healthcare statutes and regulations, as well as tools and strategies for creating, implementing and maintaining effective corporate compliance programs.

You’ll begin the program with a five-day residency, followed by a six-month Online Distance Learning segment (two courses, 3 credits each) and end the program with a three-day Capstone Residency in Alexandria, VA (3 credits).

You must complete the 12-credit program and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher to complete the program and earn the Healthcare Corporate Compliance Graduate Certificate.



PSHC 6201: Introduction to Healthcare Corporate Compliance (3 credits)

This course provides an intensive overview of healthcare corporate compliance core elements and strategies for compliance plan development and implementation. It introduces key statutes, regulations, policy guidance, and enforcement initiatives that are the framework for developing a compliance plan.

You’ll learn:

  • The "What and Why" of Healthcare Corporate Compliance

  • Core Elements of a Healthcare Compliance Program

  • Designing the Corporate Compliance Work-Plan

  • Key Features of Legal Framework Governing Health Care Institutions and Providers

PSHC 6202: Compliance with Specific Laws and Regulations I (3 credits)

PSHC 6204: Compliance with Specific Laws and Regulations II (3 credits)

These courses cover discrete compliance topics providing students with an in-depth exploration of the healthcare statutes and regulations of particular interest to healthcare institutions, providers, regulators and enforcement bodies.

Featured Topics

  • Understanding Key Federal Programs including Medicare and Medicaid

  • Anti-Kickback Statute

  • Physician Self-Referral (Stark) Law

  • Civil False Claims Act

  • Federal Grants Compliance

  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

  • Exemption from Federal Income Tax

  • Federal Anti-Trust Law

  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

PSHC 6206: Case Studies in Healthcare Corporate Compliance (3 credits)

In this course you’ll learn to apply the principles, laws and regulations learned during the development of your corporate compliance workplans in PSHC 6201, PSHC 6202 and PSHC 6204. Utilizing a case study approach, you’ll investigate and analyze compliance issues and test your diagnostic and remediation skills in applying this knowledge to real-world situations.

You will be part of a specific Cohort group based on your program start date (fall or spring). Please carefully check the schedule for required In-classroom Residency dates and Online Distance Learning dates for the cohorts starting this year.

Cohort 31 (Fall 2022 start)

5-day Residency Alexandria, VA

  • 6201: Sept. 12-16, 2022

6 months of Online Distance Learning between residencies:

  • 6202: Sept.19-Dec. 12, 2022 
  • 6204: Jan. 9-April 24, 2023

3-day Capstone Residency in Alexandria, VA

  • 6206: May 8-10, 2023

Cohort 32 (Fall 2023 start)  

5-day Residency Alexandria, VA

  • 6201: Sept. 11-15, 2023

6 months of Online Distance Learning between residencies:

  • 6202: Sept.18-Dec. 22, 2023 
  • 6204: Jan. 8-April 26, 2024

3-day Capstone Residency in Alexandria, VA

  • 6206: May 6-8, 2024


About the Faculty 

Recent Healthcare Corporate Compliance Graduate Certificate Program speakers include:

  • Melissa Ball, Former Director, George Washington University Office of Human Research
  • Sue Belley, 3M Health Information Systems Division, Consulting Services
  • Kim Brandt, JD, Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC; Former Principal Deputy Administrator for Operations, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Terry Chang, MD, JD, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Director, Legal and Medical Affairs, AdvaMed
  • Lisa Goldstein, JD, Health Information Privacy Specialist, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • William W. Horton, Esq., Partner, Jones Walker LLP, Birmingham, AL
  • Stephen Kuperberg, Esq., Partner, Rifkin, Weiner, Livingston, LLC
  • Cleveland Lawrence, Esq., Of Counsel and Co-Chair of the Whistleblower Practice Group at Mehri & Skalet, PLLC
  • Carrie Kusserow, Senior Vice President, Strategic Managements Services, LLC
  • Richard Kusserow, Founder and CEO, Strategic Management Services, LLC and Former HHS Inspector General
  • Veleka Peeples Dyer, JD, Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer, Opentrons Labworks, Inc. 
  • Michelle Hellstern, Senior Director, Corporate Compliance, Luminis Health
  • Beth Seube, PRI, the RAC Validation Contractor
  • Karen Shaw, JD, Medicaid Subject Matter Expert, Groundswell
  • Heidi Sorensen, Esq., Foley & Lardner LLP; former Chief of the Administrative and Civil Remedies Branch, Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kathryn Steffen, Esq., Arent Fox LLP
  • Hillary Stemple, Esq., Arent Fox LLP
  • Karen Stringer, VP, Assistant General Counsel, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, Syneos Health (former Assistant United States Attorney)
  • Brenda Tranchida, JD, SVP, Associate General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Syneos Health; Former Director for Program Compliance and Operations Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 
  • Mark Tatelbaum, JD, Chief Legal Officer, COLA Inc.  
  • Lisa Ohrin Wilson, JD, Senior Technical Advisor, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Jill S. Wright, Esq., Foley & Lardner LLP (former Senior Counsel, Office of the Inspector General, HHS)



Admissions Information

To be considered for the Healthcare Corporate Compliance Graduate Certificate program you must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher (on the 4.0 point scale) from a regionally accredited college or university

If applicable, you must also submit:

  • International transcript evaluation
  • English language test scores

Please note that international applicants who require a student visa are not eligible for admission to this program.

Graduate Admissions Process


Applicants that have complete applications are eligible to request an application fee waiver by 11:59 p.m. on the Priority Deadline.* To request an application fee waiver, contact your program representative before submitting your application. Fee waiver details. Applications received after the Final Deadline will continue to be processed, space permitting.  


leafFall Admissions

Online program with face-to-face residency

  • Fall Priority Deadline: May 1*
  • Fall Final Deadline: June 1**


leafSpring Admissions

Online program with face-to-face residency

  • Not offered


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Online program with face-to-face residency

  • Not offered

GW tuition and fees are comparable to the national average for private universities. These costs are set by the GW Board of Trustees and generally increase year to year, variable by program and location. Please use this information as an estimate based on current tuition rates and fee structures. Total tuition and fees will vary according to the courses taken and the timeframe in which you complete your coursework.

There are no scholarships available through the program. Graduate certificate programs that are less than 18 credit hours do not qualify for Federal Stafford Loans or Graduate Plus loans. Please visit the GW Office of Student Financial Assistance to explore alternative loans and payment plan options.

2022-2023 Rates in Effect for Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Terms

Tuition: 12 credits @ $1,425 per credit hour
Four courses including two in-class residencies (3 credits each) with two online distance learning courses in-between (6 credits)     


Registration fees: 2 registration sessions @ $35 each


TOTAL: Tuition + fees over the average completion time


Other Costs to Consider: Application fee: $80; Matriculation fee (one time): $200; The costs of travel, meals and accommodations (if applicable) are not included in the tuition or fees.



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Manager, 3M Health Information Services, Cleveland, Ohio


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