Health Management and Leadership
This certificate is designed to serve persons who want to enhance their knowledge and potential to pursue management and leadership positions in health services. It furthers an understanding of health system organization and financing, health policy, managed care and insurance, and management decision-making.
This Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus and the USF Downtown Center. Some courses (PHC 6102) are offered as Web-based courses in some semesters.
The applicant must have an earned Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA and at least one of the following:
- At least two years of appropriate work experience, as determined by the department's admission committee, OR
- Concurrent enrollment in a graduate degree program, OR
- A graduate degree
To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.
In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest.
For international students, a copy of their degree that is equivalent to the Bachelor's degree along with a certified copy of their transcripts is required. Graduate students from the College of Public Health do not need to submit official transcripts.
None are required.
A minimum of 14 credit hours are required for completion of the certificate program.
- PHC 6102 Principles of Health Policy and Management (3 credits)
- PHC 6435 - Comparative Health Insurance Systems to Required Courses (3 credits) and:
- PHC 6180 Health Services Management (3 credits) or
- PHC 6181 Organizational Behavior in Health Services (3 credits)
5-6 credits required. Select two from the following, based on student interests and professional goals:
- PHC 6147 Managing Quality in Health Care (2 credits)
- PHC 6160 Health Care Financial Management (3 credits)
- PHC 6148 Strategic Planning and Health Care Marketing (3 credits)
- PHC 6420 Health Care Law, Regulation and Ethics (3 credits)
- PHC 6102 Management of Public Health Programs (3 credits)
Other approved elective (3 credits), consistent with prerequisite requirements or consent of the director. Other departmental course offerings, consistent with prerequisite requirements or consent of instructor.
Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit.
Credit toward Graduate Degree
Should a graduate certificate student subsequently apply and be accepted to a degree-granting program, the University's Transfer of Credit Policy applies. It is up to the Program to determine the number of credits that may be transferred in from the Graduate Certificate into the Graduate Program, up to the 49% limits specified in the transfer of credit policy. Any application of such credit must be approved by the degree-granting college and must be appropriate to the program. See the Transfer of Credit Policy for more information.
International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.