Graduate Certificate in Health Administration Generalist

Program Director L. Friedman

The health administration generalist certificate develops health sector leaders, innovators, and managers who are dedicated to advancing the health of local, national, and global communities. Combining the master’s degree in one of the Milken Institute School of Public Health academic departments with this graduate certificate uniquely positions graduates for careers that require breadth and depth of knowledge and skills in health services. This certificate program is open to applicants with a master’s or higher degree who may wish to gain knowledge and skills in health services management. Applicants without a master’s degrees (e.g., public health nursing (RN) may be eligible depending on their professional experience in public health. Students work with an advisor to tailor a program suited to the student's individual professional goals.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 18 credits in required courses; substitutions may be allowed with the advisor's approval.

18 credits from the following (with advisor approval)
HSML 6202Introduction to Health Services Delivery
HSML 6203Introduction to Health Management
HSML 6204Quality and Performance Improvement
HSML 6206QuanMethds&Epid/HealthServices
HSML 6207Health Services Information Applications
HSML 6208Medical Informatics
HSML 6209Health Services Finance
HSML 6210Health Services Financial Applications
HSML 6211Health Economics
HSML 6212Community Health Management and Advocacy
HSML 6213Health Services, Marketing, and Planning
HSML 6215Health Law for Managers
HSML 6216Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior
HSML 6218Seminar: Health Services Management and Leadership
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
Other courses may be used to fulfill the requirement with advisor approval.

Graduation Requirements

  1. The program director/advisor must pre-approve all course selections and course sequencing by developing a “program of study” prior to the student’s initial registration. Graduate certificate students meet with their advisor each semester before registration. All changes in this program of study must be pre-approved by the program director/advisor. 
  2. Course Requirements: Since most graduate certificate students are currently enrolled in an MPH program or have previously earned a graduate degree, most course credits are selected from the program-specific course list. Under no circumstances may a certificate student enroll in fewer than 9 credits of program-specific courses.
  3. Grade Point Requirement: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade-point average or above is required for the award of the certificate.
  4. Time Limit Requirement: The certificate must be completed within two years.
  5. Transfer Credit Policy: The program director/advisor may approve up to 4 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree to be transferred to the graduate certificate. The course(s) must be relevant to the graduate certificate. Credits must have been earned in the last three years with a grade of 3.0 or above. 
  6. Transfer to Degree Program Policy: Students can transfer as many credits as meet program requirements to a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program from the Health Administration Generalist Graduate Certificate. Students wishing to transfer to the MHA may apply to do so via the online change of concentration petition after completion of three or more courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. A grade of B or above is required for a course to be eligible for transfer. Students interested in applying to the MHA degree program should meet with the program director regarding program-specific admission requirements. Transfer credits must have been completed within the past three years.