Department of Public Administration and Health Management

Graduate Certificate in Health Management

This certificate is a 21 credit hours program in health management at the graduate level. The program is flexible enough to be adapted to the needs of pre-career and in-service individuals. Career employees of public sector agencies seeking courses in public management, especially those changing from professional or technical roles to managerial roles, will find the certificate program beneficial. It is significant to note that admission into the Certificate Program is separate from admission into the MPM Degree Program. Subsequently, students must pay a separate application fee for potential admission into the MPM Degree program if they select to pursue this degree option following the completion of the Certificate. In addition, students cannot apply for this Certificate program once they have completed the requirements for the MPM degree with a concentration in health care management. Course work includes:

Required Core Courses (18 credit hours)

  • PAHM-H 509 Financial Management Principles of Health Care
  • PAHM-H 514 Health Economics
  • PAHM-H 515 Seminar in Health Policy and Law
  • PAHM-H 628 Health Care Information Systems
  • PAHM-V 543 Health Services Management
  • PAHM-V 561 Public Human Resource Management
  • PAHM-V 631 Health Application of Strategic Planning


(3 credit hours)

  • PAHM-V 550 Topics in Health Care –Environmental Health
  • PAHM-V 557 Topics in Public Administration- Proposal Development and Grants Administration
  • PAHM-V 592 Global Health Issues and Management
  • PAHM-H 612 Marketing for Health Service Delivery
  • PAHM-V 585 Practicum in Public Administration - (experiential or professional requirements)

Admission Requirements

When applying for the Graduate Certificate in Health Management the following documentation is required:

  1. Submit application to the PAHM office.  
  2. Bachelor degree from an accredited university or college with a GPA between 2.6 or 3.0.
  3. Official transcript from all university or colleges attended must be submitted with the completed application forms. Students who have taken course work on any Indiana University campus do not need to submit an Indiana University transcript.
  4. Pay a nonrefundable application fee of $40

Students with a GPA between 2.6 and 3.0 may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate Program in Public Management (GCPM) and on successful completion apply to the Master in Public Management (MPM) degree program. Students seeking admission to the (GCPM) do not need to take the GRE or GMAT test. These tests may be required for students applying for admission into the MPM program that exhibit undergraduate GPAs that are lower than 3.0. Subsequently, students with lower GPAs may also be expected to successfully complete two graduate level courses within the MPM program before being admitted.  Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Health Management program are processed on a year-round basis for admission in any academic semester.

Academic Standards:

Students will be referred to the Graduate Director if their cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below a 3.0. During this meeting the referred student will be required to develop a plan in tandem with the Graduate Director for improving their academic performance. 

Each Course Requirement:

All graduate students are expected to earn an average grade of “B” (3.0) or higher in each course. Subsequently, students receiving a C or lower will be referred to the Graduate Director in order to develop a plan for improving their academic performance. Subsequently, the Director may recommend that a student who receives a C or lower in a particular course retake the class.

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