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.
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.
Graduate admissions tests such as the GRE or MAT will not be required for the certificate program. However, a satisfactory GRE or MAT score is recommended if it will strengthen the application if the student wishes to transfer from the graduate certificate program into the Public Administration graduate program (Master of Public Administration).
- An application for admission
- All official undergraduate transcripts
- Two professional or academic letters of recommendation describing the individual’s potential to complete the program.
The certificate is designed for people 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.
An option of a stand alone certificate will create a pathway for prospective students who either already have a Master's degree or may only need the certificate for their career. The graduate certificate is designed for students to develop leadership and management skills while gaining a broad understanding of Public Healthcare Administration. By completing the certificate, students will be prepared to use their knowledge in a number of public healthcare fields. They will be able to select from a diverse list of courses in order to customize a program that best matches their career goals. This includes courses in: epidemiology; health services management and leadership; collaborative community health management and administration; public relations and marketing; healthcare policy. Students may elect to substitute a course from another graduate course offering as approved by an assigned advisor.
Students applying for the graduate Public Healthcare Administration certificate program must have earned 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. Other graduate admissions test 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, tests scores are recommended if they will strengthen the application.
Applicants who want to be considered for the Graduate Certificate in Public Healthcare Administration must submit to the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education:
1. A completed application for admission;
2. Official transcript(s) from all institutions previously attended (bachelor degree must be from an accredited college or university);
3. Two letters of recommendation describing the individual's potential to complete the program.
Program Requirements-15 credits
- PADM 0600 - Foundations of Public Administration
- 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 0635 - Collaborative Community Health Management and Administration
- PADM 0637 - Introduction to Epidemiology
- PADM 0638 - Introduction to Healthcare Systems
- ***May be substituted for another course listed here if a student currently has an MPA or equivalent degree.