Healthcare Management and Advocacy Certificate Offered this Summer at SVC

May 15, 2011

A Healthcare Management and Advocacy (HMA) Certificate course will be offered at Southern Vermont College this summer from June 21 to 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The three-day class, taught by Colleen Rundell of SVC’s John Merck Division of Science and Technology, will provide an in-depth exposure to the healthcare system in the United States.

This certificate course would be beneficial to anyone interested in the healthcare field who wishes to have a better understanding of healthcare financing, diversity and cultural competency in healthcare, basic issues of aging, healthcare planning and law, and assessment, interviewing, and communications skills. The class includes a hands-on tour of SVC’s Simulation Laboratory where students practice clinical skills.

Professor Barry Flanary of The John Merck Division of Science and Technology, who is the Director of the Healthcare Management & Advocacy program at SVC, said this certificate allows those already working in the healthcare field or those interested in learning more about it a way to improve their skills. “Our feedback from last summer’s course, which was well received by many working professionals, was that they came out with a better understanding of the healthcare system and improved communications skills,” Flanary reported. Some of the remarks from last summer’s course were: “It was an opportunity to enhance skills while being a team player with individuals goals,” “It gave us an opportunity to build relationships with our peers,” “The curriculum had a lot of content but the instructor always kept us motivated and engaged,” and “Even for someone who has been doing this type of work for awhile, I came out with a better understanding of the Healthcare system and improved communication skills.”
The program cost of $3,750 includes room and board with accommodations in Hunter Hall, SVC’s newest residence hall. In addition, the certificate program may be taken for two academic credits ($400 per credit).
For more information on this course, or to register, contact Professor Flanary at 802-447-4312 or by e-mail at CLICK HERE for a complete listing of summer courses. For general SVC admission inquiry, contact the Admissions Office at 802-447-6304 or e-mail