Health Administration Graduate Certificate

Gain knowledge and skills in strategic planning, budgeting and finance, health care economics and policy, and advanced health care services administration.

The 15-unit certificate is offered to students at both the Tucson and Phoenix sites. With the exception of one course, in-person attendance is required for students, so this is not an online program.

Prospective Students

Current students as well as practicing healthcare professionals and alumni who have completed coursework are elgible to apply. 


Fall & Spring - online
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 health care reforms are also evaluated.

Fall - in-person (both campuses) | Spring - online
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.

Spring - online
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.

Fall - in-person (both campuses)
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.

Fall - in-person (both campuses)
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.

Admissions Criteria

  • Official academic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. The applicant is required to hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with 3.0 GPA (GPA is based on the last 60 undergraduate units, or if the applicant has 12 or more graduate units, the GPA will be based on graduate units)
  • One letter of support from a supervisor or a person familiar with the applicant’s professional abilities
  • Resume or CV
  • One page personal statement of experiences and goals
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores for international applicants

Application Deadlines

Fall – May 15 | Spring – Sept. 15

Apply Now through the Graduate College


The cost is $250/unit and excludes mandatory University fees.


Elizabeth Hall-Lipsy, JD, MPH
Program Manager, Health Disparities and Outreach
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Drachman Hall B207N