Welcome to the University of Miami Human Resource Management Certificate Program

For a business to succeed, it must attract and retain the right people, develop employees to achieve maximum potential, and ensure that those workers’ efforts are rewarded. These actions are all part of a manager’s skill set, showing just how crucial this role is in today’s competitive environment. The University of Miami Human Resource Management Certificate program readies by providing an in-depth view of organizational structure and explaining the role of professionals with HR functions in building a business culture, managing organizational change, handling conflict resolution, increasing employment retention, and maximizing employee performance.

This program is offered through the Office of Professional Advancement at the University of Miami.

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  • Career Outlook

    Nearly every industry relies on human resources managers, and their list of duties and responsibilities is extensive. They play a crucial role in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new employees, and also act as a bridge between staff and management. They mediate disputes, oversee disciplinary actions, give advice on policy and procedures, and monitor issues involving payroll, benefits, and compliance. Because their work directly effects nearly every member of a company, the human resources manager position is crucial to most businesses.

    The U.S. Department of Labor projects that the employment rate for human resources managers will grow by 13% between 2012 and 2022, higher than the average growth rate for all professions combined. When new companies are formed and existing companies expand, the need for human resources managers grows as well. The changing landscape of employment laws, including the adoption of the Affordable Healthcare Act, is also expected to create more openings in the human resources field.

  • What Will I Learn?

    Our Human Resource Management Certificate program teaches a comprehensive understanding of the strategic role HR plays in different organizations. Students will use a variety of methods such as case studies, experiential exercises, and simulations to apply HR theory within a business context. The various classes will examine HR theory, methodologies, and the practices that contribute to organizational sustainability; explore how strategic pay plans are established, the various types of compensation, and the concept of total rewards; differentiate between current practices in performance appraisal, training, and development; study the HR manager’s task of building and sustaining intellectual capital; and outline employment-related legal requirements and the importance of diversity in the workplace.

  • How Will I Benefit From UM's Program?

    Taught by instructors with vast experience in the industry, our human resources program uses real-life applications and hands-on training to teach both theory and practical methodology. Our innovative curriculum, designed with SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) guidelines and topics in mind, develops critical competencies and decision-making skills and increases knowledge of core HR duties such as staffing, compensation, employee relations, organizational development, training, benefits, and employing effective recruitment strategies. Students delve into individual “case studies” that expand from module to module throughout the duration of the course. The end result is an invaluable client folder which can be used as a reference guide after the program ends.

  • Is This Program Right For Me?

    This program is perfect for both aspiring and seasoned human resources professionals who want to develop or reinforce their knowledge of HR concepts and practices. Newcomers to the field will build a solid working foundation of core HR principles while those with experience can refresh their skills by learning about the most current and relevant topics in the industry. Small business owners, front-line managers, and others who deal with personnel issues on a regular basis will also find great value in this course.

  • How Long Is The Program?

    The program is six months in length.

  • Program Format & Location

    This program is offered online, largely through live online sessions.    

  • Course Schedule

    The University of Miami, Office of Professional Advancement offers an innovative Certificate Program in Human Resource Management. With significant investments in human capital, employers are challenged to maximize the return on and value of their staff while balancing productivity and workforce satisfaction.

    To help organizations achieve an optimal balance, UM has developed a series of proven methodologies and tools to successfully address a wide range of human capital challenges.


    Topics Dates

    Strategic Management

    • Gain an understanding of the Profession of HR, its history, evolution, and impact on the business
    • The Strategic Planning Process and its relationship to the organizational strategic plan
    • Understanding Environmental Scanning; Components of the environment and the impact they have on strategic planning
    • Organizational Design and Development. Evaluating the effectiveness of an organization
    • Role of HR in Organization Ethics and a broad view to Global Human Resources Management
              Weeks 1-4

    Legal and Regulatory Issues

    • Employee and management rights
    • Laws affecting personnel practices
    • Government-mandated approaches to employee security
    • Enforcement of policies and procedures

          Weeks 5-8

    Employment, Planning, and Practice

    • Job analysis and design
    • Equal employment practices
    • Effective recruitment strategies
    • Valid selection procedures
    • Employee orientation, placement, and separation process
          Weeks 9-12

    Benefits and Compensation

    • Benefits program development/administration practices
    • Insurance benefits
    • Employee security: benefits and services
    • Developing salary structures: job evaluation, job pricing
    • Incentives and rewards management
         Weeks 13-16

    Training and Organizational Development

    • Training and organizational development as strategic HR functions
    • Assessing organizational competency and adult learning needs
    • Designing and implementing successful competency-based training and development programs
    • Evaluating program effectiveness
    • Special topics: Management and executive development strategies
    • Organizational development and change management

        Weeks 17-20

    Employee and Labor Relations

    • Employer/union relation practices and activities
    • Influencing employee motivation and satisfaction
    • Contract compliance
    • Managing organization and union relations
    • Emerging employee relation challenges
           Weeks 21-24

  • Tuition & Fees

    The tuition for the program is $2,495, which includes all materials and a 12-month membership in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

  • Financial Assistance Options

    Financial assistance and payment plans are available for this program. To learn more, please speak with an enrollment advisor at (305) 284-4000.


  • What Can I Do After Earning The Certificate?

    Graduates of this program will be equipped for careers in a broad spectrum of public and private sector industries including retail, manufacturing, media, legal, and financial, along with human resources consulting firms, not for profit organizations, and government positions. Students will possess the skills and knowledge to enter the human resources field and move up the career ladder to positions such as strategic HR business partner, director of human resources, training specialist, recruitment specialist, and talent development officer. 

    Graduates are also well-positioned to expand their knowledge or earn advanced certification by signing up for UM’s other HR certificate programs, including our SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™) exam prep course.

  • What Are The Requirements To Earn The Certificate?

    High school diploma. Work experience is not required.

  • Required Courses

    Strategic management, Legal and Regulatory Issues, Employment, Planning, and Practice, Benefits and Compensation, Training and Organizational Development, Employee and Labor Relations.

  • Faculty

    • Dr. Nadeen Medvin 
      Dr. Medvin is a licensed and board-certified Clinical and Industrial-Organizational Psychologist. Her professional practice spans over 20 years in providing individual, career, and corporate psychological services in public and private-sector settings. She is specialized in behavioral medicine, leadership assessment and organizational development interventions focused on conflict management and the alignment of organizational behavior with strategic and performance objectives. Dr. Medvin is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, American College of Disability Analysts, and American College of Forensic Examiners. She has been awarded a Diplomate in Psychological Assessment, Evaluation and Testing by the American Board of Psychological Specialties, and a Diplomate in Disability by the American Board of Disability Analysts. Other professional awards and designations she has received include: Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners, certification by the Florida Supreme Court in mediation, and recognition by Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care for contributions to education, behavioral medicine, social sciences and business and industry. She is currently advisory board member of Dade County Public Schools Business Technology Programs, University of Miami Division of Continuing and International Education, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, and Talent Management Executive Research Board. She is a published author and has presented work in the areas of human relations, leadership effectiveness, and applications of psychological testing to executive development and performance coaching. In her varied roles, Dr. Medvin has also served on a variety of committees, corporate and community boards related to education, healthcare, ethics, organizational effectiveness and HR best practices.
    • Juan Pina 
      Juan Pina has over 20 years of experience in the Human Resources/Employee Benefits area. Mr. Pina is currently employed at the University of Miami since 2013 as the Benefits Manager for Retirement Plans. In this role he is responsible for all the retirement programs of the University including the University of Miami Hospital. In addition, he has worked for large Corporations such as Burger King Corp, Starboard Cruise Services, Miami Jewish Health Systems and Duty Free Americas as the Benefits Manager for all their health and welfare plans. Juan started his employee benefits career in the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry in as employee benefits consultant for small to mid-size companies.
    • Kevin J. Morris 
      Kevin Morris is an attorney in the Miami office of Littler Mendelson, P.C., the largest global labor and employment law firm representing management exclusively. Kevin regularly advises and counsels companies on a wide spectrum of labor and employment law matters, ranging from defending companies in federal and state court litigation to representing clients in proceedings before federal and state administrative agencies. Prior to joining Littler, Kevin practiced labor and employment law at a firm in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He also served as general counsel for a facilities management company where he was responsible for human resources and as a staff attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. Kevin is included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015 and is licensed to practice law in Florida, North Carolina, New York and Colorado. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, and his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami.
    • Veronica Maristany 
      Veronica Maristany is the Director of Human Resources for the Information Technology department at the University of Miami (UMIT).  Her professional experience spans over nineteen years in the field of human resources management.  Prior to joining the University in 2012, Veronica held senior leadership positions within the hospitality and retail industry.  She earned a bachelor's degree in Business Management with a concentration in Personnel Management from Florida International University, and a master's degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University.  As the Director of Human Resources for the UMIT department, her work is focused on aligning culture, leadership, and performance with the University's HR and IT business strategies.  She currently oversees the HR functions for IT employees across three UM campuses.  Veronica's specialty areas include employee relations, leadership and staff development, investigations, performance management, and employee engagement.  Since joining the University, Veronica has helped design and facilitate leadership training programs targeting HR policies, management coaching skills, and conflict resolution.
    • Diane Vento 
      Diane is a seasoned Certified Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) with over 30 years of results-oriented success.  She has a passion for helping others grow and succeed by developing, motivating and leading them in attaining their desired goals.  Whether success is as an employee, a team member, a parent, a spouse or individually, Diane’s ability to identify needs and help resolve issues puts her at the top of her game.  Her coaching has impacted the lives of hundreds of people in both the United States and Latin America. Diane is bilingual in both English and Spanish, with a basic understanding of Portuguese.  Diane is also a Gallup Q12 Survey Trained Facilitator and under her leadership, Olympus Latin America achieved the highest engagement scores in all Olympus Companies worldwide in both 2008 and 2009.  Diane is a Certified CORE MAP Facilitator and enjoys speaking with groups about communication styles and barriers to effective communication.  Diane holds a MBA specializing in Human Resource Management with a certificate in Health Care Administration from the University of Miami and a B.S. in Business Administration with a Human Resource Management major from Florida State University.  Diane has published two articles in HRM Today.  Diane’s passion is her family and enjoys spending all of her free time with them.  She is the proud mom of Erik, age 15, Dylan, age 14 and Ryan, age 13.  She is also the proud wife of Emilio who has been the love of her life for over 30 years now.  Diane has also spent her time serving as the President of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) for her sons’ school, coaching her sons’ Flag Football team, being Football Team Mom for Doral Academy and is an active Arbonne Business Partner.  Diane’s enthusiasm for life is contagious and energizes those around her.

  • Professional Badges



    The Division of Continuing and International Education’s mission is to empower people to reach their full potential through lifelong and lifewide learning. Revolutionary learning experiences are created for our students to ensure that we meet the demands of the ever-changing economy. We continuously measure our programs’ core competencies, instruction, quality, standards, and service.

    The continuing education landscape has elevated an era of innovation and disruption and as such, the Office of Professional Advancement has instituted a badging system.  Graduates of our programs will be able to virtually display a badge, which showcases their new skillset to prospective employers and professional colleagues.

    How does it Work?

    Badges are earned by successfully completing a certificate program through the Office of Professional Advancement. * Upon completion, you will receive an email with instructions on how to collect your badge. Once collected, you can display your badge on social media sites like LinkedIn. Any potential employer will be able to click on the badge for a list of specific skills associated with the respective certificate received.

    *Please call us for a list of approved programs.

    For more information about our career and professional development badging, please call us at 305-284-4000.

  • Have Questions?

    For more information, please call 305-284-4000. Our enrollment advisors can answer any questions or schedule a meeting to discuss your goals and opportunities.

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