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.

Course location/delivery

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.

Admission requirements

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, OR
Concurrent enrollment in a graduate degree program, OR
A graduate degree

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


None are required.


13-14 credit hours are required for completion of the certificate program. Three courses from the following list are required.
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)
PHC 6111 Int'l Health & Health Care Systems (3 credits)
PHC 6146 Health Services Planning & Evaluation (3 credits)
Other departmental course offerings, consistent with prerequisite

Time Limit

Time limits on certificate completion comply with university standards.


or consent of instructor (2-3 credits)

Credit toward graduate degree

Certificate program students can apply to the department's MPH, MHA or MSPH degree programs. If admitted to a graduate program in the Department of Health Policy and Management, the 12 credit hours can be transferred to the degree program within five years of completing the certificate.

Standardized tests

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.


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