Foundations of Human Resources Management Certificate - Online

Human Resources

Whether you are a generalist, specialist or new to Human Resources, our Foundations of Human Resources Management Certificate provides a general overview of the dynamic and growing field of HR Management.

Build your knowledge of business-employee relationships and organizational behavior through our 8-week online certificate program. This course will cover all of the major areas within a full-functioning Human Resources operation. Students will be able to develop appropriate strategies for implementing solutions to human resources management problems that reflect their knowledge and explaining of the interrelationships among the connecting departments within any professional human resource setting. Students will receive an overview of human resource management that will prepare them for higher level human resource management courses, or qualify them for entry-level human resource positions.

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This certificate offers a flexible yet engaging experience where students are able to work at their own pace. Students explore the practices and foundations of human resource management through a series of reading materials, learning activities, videos and online interactions with other students and certificate instructor. Students capstone project includes preparing a portfolio to be submitted and presented at the end of the course.

Who should take this certificate?

This certificate is designed for the following individuals:

  • Individuals wishing to increase eligibility for an entry-level position in human relations management
  • Individuals working in related functional areas who want to gain exposure to principles of human resources management to assist them in adding value and impact in their current role
  • Individuals who want to make a transition into a human resource related position

No prior experience in Human Resources is required.

Duration:   8 weeks.
This is an instructor-led online program with a fixed start and end dates as opposed to an on-demand start model. The program is offered once a semester and students must start with the cohort.

Format:    This is an online, instructor-led, cohort course.

Online Course Experience:    Through a series of reading materials, learning activities, videos and online interactions with other students and your instructors, you can expect a flexible and engaging activity. Students generally may move through the course at their own pace as long as activities, discussions and assignments are completed by their due dates. You’ll experience the class by using the U of U Canvas portal which is like a class website. Your instructor will have “office hours” when they are available to answer questions and communicate one on one with students.

Time commitment:    Students should expect to spend 2 to 3 hours a week engaging with this class online. There are also two in-person “networking” classes that will bring the group together to incorporate the best of face-to-face learning.

Frequency:   This certificate program is currently scheduled to be offered in the spring, fall and summer semesters.

Certificate Held in: Fall Spring Summer
Foundations of Human Resources Management

Capstone Project:   Students will prepare a portfolio to be submitted and presented at the end of the course. This portfolio will reflect one of the main focus areas in a real world human resource program or practice.

Other certificate details


All certificate students will receive a satisfactory or unsatisfactory grade at the conclusion of the certificate program. Requirements to achieve a satisfactory grade will be detailed in the class syllabus.

Your participation grade will be based on the following criteria:

  • Preparation – you will be expected to be ready to discuss insights and thoughts regarding assigned reading weekly.
  • Quality – your comments and insights in class reflect knowledge of subject matter, theories, and frameworks and the ability to apply them to real and simulated situations.
  • Participation – you will be expected to contribute to discussions, interact with fellow students and myself, and play a significant role in your groups.
  • Evaluation – written peer reviews of your role in in-class exercises, your portfolio, and class presentation will be done by all students.

Week 1: The Environment of Human Resources

  • Human Resources Management in Organizations
  • Human Resource Strategy & Planning
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Review syllabus

Week 2: Touch Base-Live / recorded class with instructor

6:00-8:00 pm

  • Discuss syllabus
  • Project assignment
  • Answer any student questions

Week 3: Jobs and Labor

  • Human Resources Management in Organizations
  • Human Resource Strategy & Planning
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Review syllabus

Week 4: Talent Development

  • Training Human Resources
  • Talent, Careers, and Development
  • Performance Management and Appraisal

Week 5: no topic

  • No course work required this week.

Week 6: Compensation and Benefits

  • Total Rewards and Compensation Human Resource Strategy & Planning
  • Variable Pay and Executive Compensation
  • Managing Employee Benefits

Week 7: Employee Relations

  • Risk Management and Worker Protection
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Union – Management Relations

Week 8: Employee Relations– online virtual synchronized class

6:00-8:00 pm

  • Presentation of capstone project

Jeanine Wilson

Jeanine WilsonJeanine Wilson has worked in the Human Resources field for 25 years. She has worked in hospitality, finance, benefits management, broadcasting, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Jeanine is currently owner of Corporate Talent Advisors, a full service HR consulting, training, and recruiting company.

Jeanine has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human & Organizational Development from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, a Masters in Human Resources from Utah State University, and she has achieved an SPHR certification from SHRM and HRCI. Jeanine was the 2005 President of the Salt Lake SHRM Chapter and currently sits on the Utah SHRM State Council.

Program Cost - Noncredit tuition for the full certificate is $1399.

  • Tuition is due at the beginning of the course. Textbooks are additional costs. Tuition listed above is for the 2018-2019 academic year and subject to change without advance notice.
  • Financial aid is not available for this noncredit certificate. Students are encouraged to inquire with their employers to determine if tuition assistance is available.
  • Payment Plans are available for this certificate. Contact us for more information: 801-585-1780.

Why choose the University of Utah?

We understand that you have a choice when it comes to taking professional development courses and we work hard to earn your trust with each and every class!

By selecting the University of Utah, you’ll enjoy the following benefits whether you’re coming to us as someone new to the job market, a career changer, a seasoned professional.

Resume Power - Benefit from the University of Utah reputation for credibility and quality. Choosing the University of Utah for your certificate program makes a clear statement about your commitment to excellence.

Instructor Excellence - Learn from instructors with real world experience and professional credentials.

The Power of the U Network – Students have access to a valuable University of Utah peer and faculty network.

Programs that Fit Your Schedule – Most of our certificates offer convenient online or evening classes that offer a schedule that works around you. Go to class whenever and wherever you want.

Networking – Meet and network with other students pursuing or working in the industry.

Student Support – Count on the ongoing support of a dedicated student services staff that will assist you every step of the way.

Certificate Completion Requirements

Students must receive an “S-Satisfactory grade at the completion of the certificate program.

  • All coursework must be completed during the 8-week session of the course.
  • Completion of a subject portfolio.

How is my accomplishment recognized?

  • A certificate is awarded upon satisfactory completion of certificate program.
  • The completed certificate will appear on University of Utah official transcripts.
  • Students will be awarded a University of Utah digital credential (badge)

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Are there exams? Am I graded?

There are no exams. Certificate classes are graded with a "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" option. For successful certificate completion, students must achieve a "satisfactory" grade in all classes.

Can I apply these classes to a degree at the University of Utah?

This certificate is noncredit and cannot be applied to any for-credit degree.

Are these classes eligible for federal financial aid?

Students pursuing a certificate are considered "non-degree seeking," a status that is not eligible for federal student aid loan programs.

What’s the difference between this certificate and your other HR classes and program?

Other Professional Education Human Resource Certificates:

Advanced Human Resources Management Certificate
Students pursuing this certificate typically have at least 3 years of human resources management experience. This certificate program provides participants with advanced, immediately-applicable, human resources management training. Students will be prepared to serve in a variety of human resource positions in any type of organization. Those who complete the program will receive a University of Utah Advanced Human Resource Management Certificate.

Human Resource Certification Exam Preparation Course
This 12-week course, taught by HR-certified instructors, is focused on preparing HR professionals to take and pass the PHR, SPHR, or SHRM-CP exams, the most widely accepted human resource professional credentials. This class will give you confidence in your HR knowledge as well as a strong foundation for passing HR certification exams. In-class sessions are augmented with audio, video, and test prep activities to promote learning faster and retaining more than any lecture and study guide model.

Human Resources Management Certificate
This certificate program provides participants with excellent, innovative, fundamental, human resources management training. It prepares students to serve in human resource management positions in any type of organization. Those who complete the program will receive a University of Utah Human Resource Management Certificate.

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