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Public Healthcare Administration Graduate Certificate

Why Choose a Certificate in Public Healthcare Administration?

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The Graduate Certificate in Public Healthcare Administration prepares students with healthcare backgrounds to effectively respond to public healthcare policy and programming needs in order to help build healthy communities. Students will develop sought-after management and leadership skills including: teamwork and collaboration; program development; performance management; research; strategic planning; communications.

The certificate is designed for individuals who:

  • Are healthcare managers who seek advanced learning in the study of management and leadership; and/or
  • Are employed in a nonprofit or government health services organization and are preparing for a career in healthcare administration.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Healthcare Administration is affordable, responsive to local workforce needs and accessible to working part-time commuting students. Courses are offered during our Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters. All in-person and hybrid courses meet in the evening, and it is possible to complete the certificate online.

If accepted into the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, credits earned through the Graduate Certificate in Public Healthcare Administration program may be applied toward an MPA.

Admission Requirements

Students applying for the graduate certificate must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the last two years of undergraduate study from an accredited institution is required.

Other graduate admissions tests such as the GRE or MAT will not be required for the certificate program. However, should a student wish to transfer from the graduate certificate program into the Public Administration graduate program (Master of Public Administration), tests such as those aforementioned may be a pre-requisite prior to enrollment.

Application Requirements

  1. An application for admission
  2. All official undergraduate transcripts
  3. Two professional or academic letters of recommendation describing the individual’s potential to complete the program.
Requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Public Healthcare Administration

Program Requirements-15 credits

  • PADM 0600 - Foundations of Public Administration PADM
  • Select no more than one of the following
  • PADM 0610 - Human Resource Management Skills
  • PADM 0615 - Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations
  • PADM 0629 - Public Relations and Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations
  • Select three to four of the following:
  • PADM 0632 - Healthcare Policy
  • PADM 0634 - Health Services Management and Leadership
  • PADM 0638 - Introduction to Healthcare Systems
  • ***May be substituted for another course listed here if a student currently has an MPA or equivalent degree.