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Graduate Certificate in Health Management 

Having the right manager can change a company or organization from the ground up. If you love the idea of becoming a manager in the healthcare industry who juggles a lot of tasks all while leading a team toward a goal, consider the Graduate Certificate in Health Management from Indiana University Kokomo! Whether you’ve been working in a more technical or professional role and are looking to transition into a managerial role or you’re looking to change careers all together, this program is a custom fit for you.

This 24-credit-hour program is taught at the graduate level, allowing you to take the kinds of courses you are interested in to reach your goals. In the Department of Public Administration and Health Management, you’ll work alongside experienced faculty who couple real-world examples with sound, cutting-edge theoretical knowledge. Take exciting and interesting courses such as Health Services Management, Global Health Issues and Management, and Marketing for Health Service Delivery. 

Graduate Certificate in Health Management

The program is flexible enough to be adapted to the needs of pre-career and in-service individuals. Career employees of public sector agencies seeking courses in public management, especially those changing from professional or technical roles to managerial roles, will find the certificate program beneficial. It is significant to note that admission into the Certificate Program is separate from admission into the M.P.M. degree program. Subsequently, students must pay a separate application fee for potential admission into the M.P.M. degree program if they select to pursue this degree option following the completion of the Certificate.

To apply for this program, you will need the following:

Applicants with bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited institution are eligible to apply for admission to the graduate certificate program of the Department of Public Administration and Health Management (PAHM). The minimum preferred requirement for admission includes a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average (GPA) of “B" (3.0) or higher. Students with a GPA between 2.6 and 3.0 may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate Program in Health Management and on successful completion could apply to the M.P.M. degree program. Students seeking admission to the Graduate Certificate in Health Management do not need to take the GRE or GMAT test.

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended must be submitted with the completed application forms and a non-refundable application fee.

Applicants should apply to the certificate program and request financial assistance as early as possible before the desired semester of enrollment (It usually takes at least three weeks to process applications). All application forms must be completed and received by the PAHM office at Indiana University Kokomo.


Each application for admission is carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. Applicants to all PAHM degree programs must do the following:

  1. Submit application to the PAHM program.
  2. Have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 2.6 or higher.
  3. Submit complete official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. Students who have taken coursework on any Indiana University campus do not need to submit an Indiana University transcript.
  4. Pay a non-refundable application fee of $40 to IU Kokomo.
  5. Submit proof of bachelor's degree certification from an accredited institution. Students who have not completed undergraduate coursework at the time of application may be admitted based on the strength of previous work, but a final transcript attesting to the award of a bachelor's degree must be submitted before the student can enroll.

Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Public Management program are processed on a year-round basis for admission in any academic semester.

Academic Probation:

Students are placed on probation following a semester in which their cumulative or semester grade point average (GPA) falls below 3.0. Students on probation or admitted provisionally are required to attain an average of at least 3.0 (B) for all work completed by the end of the semester. Failure to do so is cause for dismissal.

It is important to note that admission into the certificate program is separate from admission into the M.P.M. program. Subsequently, students must pay a separate application fee for potential admission into the M.P.M. program if they select to pursue this degree option following the completion of the certificate. In addition, students cannot apply for this certificate program once they have completed the requirements for the M.P.M. degree with a concentration in healthcare management.

For additional information and questions regarding the application process, please contact us.

For the most current requirements for this certificate, please visit our Academic Bulletin.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

How many classes do I have to take? 

You will take a total of 36-39 credits hours or 12-13 courses.

What kinds of classes will I have to take? 

You will take a class in the following  areas:

  • U.S. health policy
  • Health economics
  • Health service management
  • Health planning
  • Environmental health
  • Administrative law
  • Human resources
  • Administrative ethics
  • Financial management
  • Executive leadership
  • Organizational behavior
  • Statistics

How many students will be in my classes? 

In most cases, you will have 15-25 students in each class.

What are faculty qualifications? 

Ninety-eight percent hold a Ph.D. and the remaining two percent hold J.D. or are adjunct faculty who are specialized professionals.

Can I do an internship with this program? 

Yes, you can participate in a practicum in public affairs.

Can I study abroad with this degree? 


Will you help me find a job when I graduate? 

We have resources in our Career and Accessibility Center that can help you look for a job in addition to other avenues that you may explore.

Are there student organizations for this degree? 

There are several student organizations on campus.

How can I get in touch with my professor? 

By telephone, email, or office visit.

Do I get an advisor to help me schedule classes? 

There is the Director of Graduate Programs who can help you plan your studies in PAHM.

What kind of job can I get with this degree?  

Graduates may be employable in various organizations including the following:

  • Public Service - State, County, and Local
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Health Care Organizations

In addition, students completing the certificate may be qualified to consider further graduate education such as law school or completing a Ph.D.

Ready to get started?

If the Graduate Certificate in Health Management sounds like the perfect fit for you, we’d love for you to join us. If you have questions about whether or not this fits your career goals, you can reach out to our friendly staff. We’re here and happy to help! If you know it’s time for you to jump in and go for it, why wait another day? Apply for this graduate certificate program today.

Last updated: 10/01/2018