The Graduate Certificate in Health Administration offers Tucson or Phoenix-based working health professionals and graduate students an opportunity to advance their health administration training. Upon completion of the certificate program, students will have knowledge and skills in the following areas: strategic planning, budgeting and finance, health care economics and policy, and advanced health care services administration.
The certificate is comprised of five courses (for a total of 15 credits) and courses are offered to students on both the Tucson and Phoenix MEZCOPH campuses (NOTE: with the exception of one course, in-person attendance is required for students, so this is not an online or correspondence program). The time needed to complete the certificate requirements largely depends on a student’s existing commitments at entry to the program and especially the support the student has from his/her supervisor or employer to participate in the program. Students are strongly encouraged to secure sufficient support to complete the program within one to two years.
Upon completion of the certificate, all five courses will be allowed to transfer to the Master of Public Health degree program if the student is admitted to the MPH program and the courses meet degree requirements.
Course registration and payment for the Graduate Certificate in Health Administration occurs through the UA Outreach College.
Arizona's first and only accredited college of public health, the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is uniquely situated in the culturally rich and diverse Southwest. Distinguished for our outstanding community-based research and for our focus on eliminating health disparities among populations of the Southwest and globally, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health offers tremendous opportunities to its students for education, research and community involvement.
The College of Public Health's interdisciplinary activities are enhanced by being part of the Arizona Health Sciences Center with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. The College consistently ranks among the top five in American Indian and Hispanic graduates and students enrolled among accredited schools of public health, according to recent data from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. In addition, the University of Arizona is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities, a prestigious organization that recognizes universities that have developed exceptionally strong overall research and academic programs.
Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Health Administration are required to submit the following application materials:
Apply online through the University of Arizona Graduate College.
International applicants are required by the UA Graduate College to submit a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79 on the iBT (web-based) test. For students who take the IELTS examination, an overall score of 7 is required, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual band or module. TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrollment.
The cost for the Graduate Certificate in Health Administration includes tuition and fees for a total of 15 credit units. The graduate tuition rates are outlined by the UA Bursar's Office (dependent on state of residence) and there is a $250/unit certificate fee.
Certificate students are not eligible to receive some forms of financial aid (including federal loans, the UA employee Qualified Tuition Reduction and graduate assistantship benefits).
Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Health Administration must successfully complete 15 graduate level credits. All coursework is offered through the Zuckerman College of Public Health and the courses are offered in-person (via video-conferencing) on the Tucson and Phoenix MEZCOPH campuses.
The time needed to complete the certificate requirements largely depends on a student’s existing commitments at entry to the program and especially the support the student has from his/her supervisor or employer to participate in the program. Students are strongly encouraged to secure sufficient support to complete the program within one to two years.
In general, most students should plan to devote between 5-10 hours a week to complete each course.
CPH 515 - Strategic Planning (3 units)
Description: This course provides an overview and applications of strategic planning theories, methods, and group processes in different organizational environments.
Description: This course provides a foundation in health services administration. The course introduces the student to the structure and functions of the United States health care system. The health care system in the community and its environment are examined to determine how they impact health services administration.
Description: This course offers a current approach to the fundamentals of budgeting and financial management, with an emphasis on non-profit health care organizations, in particular the community health sector.
Description: Health policy is examined from an economic perspective. Basic economic theories and their relationships to the structure and function of the United States health care system are explored. Alternative health care systems and heath care reforms are also evaluated.
CPH 561 - Introduction to Health Care Quality and Safety (3 units)
Description: This course provides an overview of health care quality and safety. Students are introduced to the history; definitions; practices; and the broader political, financial, and ethical contexts of healthcare quality and safety.