UA Grantham's online certificate programs are tailored to some of the most exciting and in-demand fields in the modern economy. Learn more about the knowledge and skills taught in our certificate programs:
Cybersecurity: The cybersecurity sector has experienced continued growth in recent years due to the growing threat of cyber crime and cyber attacks. As businesses and individuals increasingly interact, transact, and store sensitive data online, they've created enormous incentive for cyber criminals to exploit their vulnerabilities, steal their money and information, and expose their secrets. Cybersecurity professionals work to protect computer systems, networks, and sensitive information from unauthorized access and theft. They develop and implement security systems, vigilantly monitor for emerging threats, and react quickly to minimize harm when a breach occurs. Cybersecurity is a fast-paced and ever-evolving field. Cyber criminals are constantly developing new techniques and exploiting new vulnerabilities—which calls for cybersecurity professionals who are constantly learning, and staying up-to-date on the latest trends and technologies so they can anticipate and prevent the criminals' next move. Roles in cybersecurity are fast-paced, engaging, and incredibly important to our economy, with the demand for skilled cybersecurity experts expected to grow in coming years.
The modern healthcare industry isn't made up of just doctors and nurses. It's a complicated system consisting of multiple interlocking parts — insurance companies, medical supply manufacturers, as well as software companies that create systems for scheduling, billing, and managing patients' medical records, just to name a few. This system relies on highly-skilled medical administration professionals to keep things running smoothly and ensure patients receive high-quality care. Medical administration professionals require an incredibly diverse and highly specialized set of skills and competencies—including an understanding of medical conditions and procedures, legal requirements and patient's rights, as well as the ability to operate specialized software. They must also be detail-oriented, highly organized, and skilled communicators. As the healthcare industry continues to evolve and grow—especially in response to our aging population and our increasing reliance on electronic medical records—the demand for skilled professionals will continue to grow.
The private sector is incredibly diverse, encompassing a wide variety of industries — ranging from tiny start-ups to multinational corporations. Whether they make consumer products, harvest resources, develop technologies, or provide human services, businesses of every shape and size rely on professionals with similar specialized skill sets to help their internal operations run smoothly and keep them on track to meet their goals. For example, human resources professionals are responsible for hiring, training and managing employees, as well as cultivating a positive workplace culture that helps employees thrive. Project managers plan and execute business projects—like developing new software, promoting a new brand, or building a new structure—making sure all the players work together to effectively meet timing and budget constraints. Programmers and IT professionals build and maintain the technologies and information systems that businesses use to communicate, store data, and conduct their operations. Professionals with skill sets like these play a vital role in keeping businesses innovating, adapting, and creating.