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Graduate Certificate in Health Care Collaboration and Conflict Management

Health care professionals looking to better manage adversity in the workplace should look no further than Creighton University’s Graduate Certificate in Health Care Collaboration and Conflict Management.

In as little as one year, this health care certificate program can empower those working in nursing, healthcare administration, public health, healthcare law, EMS, medicine or other health professions to approach and effectively manage conflict in a healthcare setting.

“I think our students are what make the Health Care Collaboration and Conflict Management program really great. They’re so diverse in terms of their culture and heritage, and also in the disciplines they come from—that creates a special synergy.”

— Jacqueline N. Font-Guzmán, MHA, JD, PhD | Professor and Program Director, Graduate School

A positive patient outcome is the goal, but when discord becomes part of the patient experience, an extensive understanding of conflict resolution approaches can help avoid lawsuits and a lack of trust in the healthcare system. The Health Care Collaboration and Conflict Management program can help you learn new conflict engagement techniques to address legal and ethical issues that may arise in a clinical setting—whether they involve a patient, your coworkers or even management.

Through rigorous coursework, you’ll learn to responsibly take action to manage or resolve conflict, using the Ignatian values as a guide toward social justice. You’ll also develop health administrative management skills that make you an asset to any health care organization.  

Graduate-level education that meets you where you are in life

We know that graduate school can be a significant investment of your time and money, so we make sure that your investment is a smart one—and one that you can fit in your busy schedule. This 15-credit program is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and can be completed in as little as a year.

You’ll attend an on-campus residency, but the bulk of the program takes place online so you can complete coursework wherever and whenever it makes sense for you. Through online discussions and face-to-face interactions, you’ll be encouraged to network with and practice your conflict resolution skills alongside other classmates in your cohort. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply techniques you learn in your workplace.

Program At A Glance

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Collaboration and Conflict Management

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

August 1

December 1

April 1


  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Response to NCR prompt
  • Application
  • $50 application fee

Still have questions?

Reach out to a Graduate and Adult Enrollment Specialist
John Rumbaugh
John Rumbaugh


Program Goals and Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Health Care Collaboration and Conflict Management program is ideal for health care professionals who wish to better manage adversity in the workplace. The program takes about a year to complete, and coursework can be applied to a Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution if you wish to continue your education.

To earn this certificate, you must complete 15 credits:

  • Introduction to Negotiation and Conflict Engagement
  • Dynamics of Conflict Resolution and Engagement
  • Leadership and Conflict Engagement
  • Culture, Gender, and Power Differences in Conflict
  • Health Care Collaboration and Conflict Resolution

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Faculty within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies come from backgrounds in business, health, education, law, and the arts and sciences. Together, their experiences and expertise provide students in the health care collaboration and conflict management certificate program with a robust interdisciplinary education that can apply to a wide variety of careers in health care.

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Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Collaboration and Conflict Management program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application & submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Include a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit a personal statement (see application for specific requirements)
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members
  • Respond to the NCR Admissions Writing Exercise

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.


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August 1


December 1


April 1

International students should apply at least three months in advance of their anticipated start date in order to get all paperwork processed.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

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