Health Administration Graduate Certificate launches at Western Oregon University

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University offers a new Healthcare Administration Graduate Certificate which will support the growing healthcare industry and increasing healthcare needs of Salem and surrounding areas. According to The Occupational Information Network, over the next decade, 600 jobs will open annually in Oregon for medical and health services management.

 “The Healthcare Graduate Certificate program at Western is an affordable and local option taught by healthcare professionals from the Salem community, including Western Oregon University faculty with expertise in gerontology and providing healthcare for minority and rural populations,” said Healthcare Graduate Certificate Program Coordinator Paul Disney. “The certificate can be applied to a master’s degree in organizational leadership with a healthcare administration emphasis and eventually to an MBA with a healthcare concentration.”

The certificate offers a local professional development opportunity for current healthcare administrators in the Willamette Valley taught by local experts who are intimately familiar with issues and challenges impacting healthcare in Oregon. It can also be “stacked” with other organizational leadership certificates, that could become a master’s degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis in healthcare administration.

This certificate provides a need highlighted by former Oregon Governor Brown in the Future Ready Oregon program, which aims to advance opportunities for historically underserved communities seeking employment or career advancement in healthcare and other select fields. 

 For more information, contact Paul Disney at


About Western Oregon UniversityWestern Oregon University, founded in 1856 in Monmouth, is the state’s oldest public university. Serving about 4,000 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with about 70% of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans, or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon’s campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.

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