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Leadership in Healthcare Privacy and Security Risk Management

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Professional Certificate Program

A New Paradigm to Prepare a Job-Ready Healthcare Workforce

The increasing number of cyber threats puts the global healthcare infrastructure at critical risk. The global cybersecurity workforce will have more than 1.8 million unfilled positions by 2022*. The McCombs School of Business is helping to close this gap by collaborating with industry, healthcare organizations, and governmental agencies to develop leaders in healthcare privacy and cybersecurity through the launch of a focused professional education program. This unique leadership program will rapidly equip individuals with the knowledge, leadership skills, and problem- solving competencies needed to manage risk in healthcare environments.

This Program is Endorsed by: 

“McCombs School of Business in collaboration with the Texas Hospital Association is proud to be offering this program to help fill the documented, acute needs for a trained workforce to protect our nation's critical healthcare infrastructure from cyber-attacks." Ted Shaw, President/CEO, Texas Hospital Association


"It’s been said that cybersecurity is the key issue of our time, and cybercrime the biggest risk to businesses. There can’t be a more important educational priority than teaching the next generation, who will most certainly have a smart device for virtually everything they do, about cybersecurity. What is unique about this curriculum is that they have integrated cybersecurity knowledge so that graduates of this program not only prepare themselves for a career in healthcare by learning practical skills, but they learn about where cybersecurity is important and why they need to understand it to be successful. These are the type of visionary programs we need more of if we are going to close this gap in cybersecurity skills."- Mac McMillan, co-founder and CEO of CynergisTek, Inc. 


Clearwater is very proud and I am personally delighted to be asked to be part of this new, much needed program offered by The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business.  While there’s a massive shortage of traditional technical cybersecurity talent in all industries, healthcare has been specifically challenged as one of our nation’s last industries to undergo significant digital transformation.  An organization’s cybersecurity strategy needs to be driven by a healthcare organization’s vision, mission, strategy and values and its aligned cyber risk management (CRM) program.  This curriculum is focused on risk-based cybersecurity strategy development and offers a significant opportunity to train individuals for many critical, non-technical CRM roles.  The program will create significant value to students, sponsoring organizations and the healthcare industry in general.”  - Bob Chaput, Founder and Executive Chairman, MA, CISSP, HCISPP, CRISC, CIPP/US, Clearwater

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A unique leadership and educational program to meet acute workforce needs in healthcare privacy and security

Designed to enhance healthcare response and recovery capabilities (aligned with NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework), the program will prepare leaders for non-technical roles in healthcare cybersecurity and privacy.  Students will gain the breadth and depth of knowledge to holistically assess, identify, respond to, and mitigate risk in healthcare organizations.  Real-world competencies will be built through completion of practical, case-based simulations and hands-on exposure to current and future healthcare cybersecurity technologies.

Developed and taught by cross-sector experts in healthcare privacy and security and experienced healthcare technology educators, program graduates will be prepared to meet the strategic needs of healthcare organizations, vendors, and governmental agencies.  Ongoing feedback from members of the privacy and cybersecurity industry and program graduates will ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to meet real-world cyber-threats.

Built upon the foundation of a nationally-recognized workforce development program in health informatics and health information technology (HIHIT), funded by the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that has already trained more than 1,300 individuals in eight years.

Five thematic modules covered in the program include:

  • Core Healthcare and Privacy & Security Knowledge
  • Processes to Ensure Organizational Safety and Security
  • Practical Applications of Healthcare Privacy and Security
  • Policies and Governance in Healthcare Entities
  • Enterprise Risk Management and Leadership in Healthcare

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Who Should Apply to This Program?

Course participants include experienced professionals who seek to move into healthcare privacy and security from:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Healthcare Information Technology
  • Clinical Professions (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and others)
  • Information Technology
  • Risk Management 

The program also welcomes:

  • College graduates with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, and other relevant fields, including business and management.
  • Veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves 
  • Graduates of UT Austin's HIHIT program

Program Schedule, Location, and Cost

Designed to build critical skills in healthcare privacy and security in an 8-week period, the program is scheduled as follows:

  • Four (4) day intensive first week (Wednesday through Saturday)
  • Six (6) subsequent Friday/Saturday sessions
  • Four (4) day intensive wrap-up (Wednesday through Saturday)

Participants can take this program 1) in-person in Austin at McCombs School of Business, 2) remotely via real-time distance education, or 3) a combination of both. 

Cost for the Professional Certificate program is $3,950.00. Graduates of UT Austin, graduates of UT Austin's HIHIT program, and Veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves will receive a $500 tuition discount. 

Program Schedule

July 10th - 13th - Four-day intensive

July 19th- August 24th - Friday/Saturday sessions

August 28th - 31st - Four-day intensive

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