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Curriculum

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 9-12 hours a week to complete each course.

Required Courses (15 units)

PHPM 507 - Health Care Economics and Policy (3 units)

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. 

PHPM 558 Health Care Marketing (3 units)

Description:  This course provides an overview and applications of health care marketing theories and methods for health care and public health organizations.  Graduate level requirements include a 20-page paper describing a marketing plan and the process used to complete it.

PHPM 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. 

PHPM 562 - Health Services Administration

Description:  This course provides a foundation in Health Services Administration. The course introduces the student to the structure and functions of the U.S. Health Care System. The health care system in the community and its environment are examined to determine how they impact Health Services Administration. Topics to be covered include: overview of the U.S. Health Care System (private and public sectors), interface between Public Health and U.S. Health Care System, various health care delivery structures, health care workforce, health care resources, types of health services, financing of health services and health care coverage, meeting the health care needs of special populations, and critical issues in health services. The student will conduct a community health system analysis.

PHPM 569 - Fundamentals of Health Budgeting and Financial Management

Description:  This course will offer 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.

Certificate Course

Term/Time Offered

PHPM 558-Health Care Marketing

Fall - Phoenix; Spring - Tucson

PHPM 562 - Health Services Administration

Fall - Both Campuses

PHPM 569 - Fundamentals of Health Budgeting and Financial Management

Fall – Both Campuses

PHPM 507 - Health Care Economics and Policy

Spring – Online

PHPM 561 - Introduction to Health Care Quality and Safety

Spring – Online

 

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