Health Services Management and Policy

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Services Management and Policy is a 12-credit certificate degree designed for two semesters of study. The certificate may be completed as a Stand-alone Certificate by open to midcareer professionals, designed to provide a policy background to operate effectively in a dynamic health care sector. The certificate may also be completed as a Concurrent Certificate by students enrolled in either our MPA or PhD program.

The health care industry in America is in a rapid stage of change as pressure to reduce costs and enhance quality heightens. The fee-for-service system of independent providers is moving toward more globally financed networks of practitioners and organizations. Consumers are becoming more involved in their care. Technology is changing the way care is delivered. These changes create new challenges and opportunities for managers and public policymakers. The health care professionals responsible for managing this change will play a large part in determining how successful the health care system will be in terms of access, cost, and quality in the future. The Health Services Management and Policy Certificate is open to midcareer professionals who require a policy background to operate effectively in a dynamic health care sector.


Two Required Courses

  • PAI 782 Health Services Management
  • PAI 783 Changing American Healthcare Systems

Two Elective Courses

Two approved elective courses: offered by participating schools and colleges within the University in such areas as health and social policy, health law, demography, management, and economics

The culmination of the Certificate is a capstone experience that may be a research paper or a supervised field experience that concludes with the development of a written paper. For EMPA students pursuing this concurrent certificate, the capstone earns 3 credits and serves as the Master’s Capstone Project.

Certificate Director

Robert Bifulco
Associate Dean, Chair, Professor
Public Administration & International Affairs
215 Eggers Hall