Overview

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.

Bachelor's degree required.

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 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 such as those aforementioned may be a pre-requisite prior to enrollment.

Applicants who want to be considered for the Graduate Certificate in Public Healthcare Administration must submit to the College 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.

Requirements

Program Description

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 standalone 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.

Admission Requirements

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 such as those aforementioned may be a pre-requisite prior to enrollment.

Applicants who want to be considered for the Graduate Certificate in Public Healthcare Administration must submit to the College 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