Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration provides healthcare managers with the foundational tools to better lead projects and operations within the complex world of healthcare delivery. Designed for busy working professionals, the certificate is offered part-time to accommodate students balancing jobs, families, and other commitments. The program enables students from around the nation to graduate in as little as 9 months. 

Hybrid Class Format

Our fully online hybrid model provides students the flexibility to complete a Certificate and still work full-time. Designed for working professionals, the program accommodates students balancing jobs, families, and other commitments, while pursuing their business degree.

  • Plan for an average of 20-25 hours of work per week for this program.
  • 80 % asynchronous online instruction
  • 20 % live, online class

Curriculum

Students take two courses per term and complete the program in 9 months.

The program consists of six courses, listed below, for a total of 27 credits.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Two years of professional work experience (preferably in healthcare). 

  2. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. 

    • If the degree was earned outside of the U.S., it must be equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree. 

  3. Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (gpa) of 3.0 

    • Candidates who do not meet the 3.0 gpa requirement must submit a low gpa petition as part of the online application. 

TOEFL scores may be required for applicants whose primary language is not English and for applicants with foreign degrees that were not instructed in English. Minimum accepted TOEFL scores: Paper-based (625), Internet-based (106), Computer-based (263). Scores should be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to OHSU using TOEFL Code: 4865 (Oregon Hlth Sci U Sch Medicine). 

This program is offered on a part-time only basis; therefore, we cannot accept applicants on F-1 or J-1 student visas

Application Materials and Process

  1. Apply online 

    • Select Healthcare Management-Masters or Certificate 

    • Complete all four application sections (personal information, academic history, program materials, and supporting information). 

      • Attach a current resume or curriculum vitae. 

      • Answer the 500-700 word personal statement and attach as a pdf. 

      • Provide contact information for two professional references. 

      • Submit official transcripts from every college or university ever attended. 

  • Please send official transcripts from all colleges and universities ever attended to: 
    OHSU SoM Graduate Admissions 
    3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road  
    Mailcode: L102GS 
    Portland, Oregon 97239-3098 

  • Secure digital transcripts can be emailed directly from institutions to hcmanagement@ohsu.edu 

  • International transcripts may need to be evaluated by WES ICAP. Please consult the WES ICAP website for instructions and fees. Applicants are responsible for the full cost of the service.  

  • Pay the $70 non-refundable application fee and submit the application for review

    2. Interview

    Once a complete admissions file (online application, transcripts, test scores) has been received and reviewed, qualified candidates will be invited to interview in-person or via phone. 

Have questions about the online application? 

Please email or call customer service at 857-324-2017, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (EST). 

Learning Goal 1 – Systems: Analyze the complex healthcare system across critical domains and scales

  • Evaluate relevant stakeholders in the US healthcare system. 
  • Analyze risks and benefits of proposed solutions across a health system. 
  • Propose solutions to address inequities.
  • Assess the impact of healthcare policy on operations. 

Learning Goal 2 – Analysis & Decision Making: Apply analytic frameworks to complex and ambiguous environments to create evidence-informed recommendations

  • Compose actionable problem or need statement. 

Learning Goal 3 – Leadership & Management: Use awareness of self and others to lead and manage in complex organizations

  • Analyze roles, perspectives and agendas of self and others.

Learning Goal 4 – Communication: Communicate with clarity and brevity, as appropriate to the audience and content

  • Compose a written message that is clear, concise, logical, and relevant to the situation.
  • Provide evidence using appropriate citations.