Rural health professionals who are in, or aspire to, leadership and/or management positions may be challenged to find formalized health administration training to fit their lifestyles and schedules. For many individuals, going back to university full-time for two or more years for a Master’s degree is not feasible.
With this in mind, and a larger mandate to address the health workforce training needs in the state, the University of Arizona through the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health are pleased to launch a new Graduate Certificate in Health Administration. The program was designed to be a flexible and convenient option for those who wish to advance their health administration training.
“This certificate addresses issues facing administrators in inpatient and outpatient settings, and also covers a broader and more global range of complex health care organizational issues pertinent for leadership and management in the 21st century”, notes Gail Barker, PhD, MBA, who is a Senior Lecturer and who was instrumental in developing the program.
The certificate is comprised of five courses (for a total of 15 credits) and all courses are offered both in-person or via distance learning using video conferencing between the Tucson and Phoenix campuses. 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. These are critical skills for rural healthcare leaders.
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.
For more information about this program, please contact:
Stephanie Springer, MPH
Certificate Programs Coordinator
Office of Student Services and Alumni Affairs