Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management teaches foundational business and leadership skills in healthcare. Certificate students complete five cornerstone, healthcare-specific courses (15 credits) from the Executive Master of Health Administration curriculum: Management, Financial Reporting, Policy, Leadership, and Financial Management.

Courses are offered in five-week blocks from 4:00-8:00 pm on Tuesdays (first three courses) or Wednesdays (final two courses) at UI campuses in Iowa City and Des Moines. All classes are instructed in the classroom, not online. This approach is very effective in facilitating team-based and interactive discussions within experientially diverse cohorts including physicians, nurses, other clinicians, and managers.

Classes begin each August. Up to 10 students are accepted per cohort. Applicants to the graduate certificate program must have an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 .

*All credits earned in the certificate program can be transferred toward credits required for the Executive MHA program. The certificate covers one-third of the required EMHA credits.

Courses and Instructors

Introduction to Healthcare Management(Tuesdays, 1st Fall Semester)
– Clint MacKinney, MD, MS, Clinical Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis and the Rural Telehealth Research Center
Keith J. Mueller, PhD, Gerhard Hartman Professor and Interim Dean, University of Iowa College of Public Health
Tom Evans, MD, MA, FAAFP, President and CEO, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative

Corporate Financial Reporting (Tuesdays, 1st Fall Semester)
– Matthew Kirschner, MBA, Vice President, Treasury, UnityPoint Health
Mary Hensley, M.Ac., Director, Clinical Neuroscience Center, University of Minnesota Medical School (retired)

Health Policy (Tuesdays, 1st Spring Semester)
Jen Harbison, Director of Health Policy, University of Iowa Health Care

Leadership of Healthcare Organizations (Wednesdays, 2nd Fall Semester)
Todd Linden, MA, President and CEO, Grinnell Regional Medical Center
Kevin Kincaid, MHA, CEO, Knoxville Hospital & Clinics

Healthcare Financial Management (Wednesdays, 2nd Fall Semester)
– Matthew Kirschner, MBA, Vice President, Treasury, UnityPoint Health
Mary Hensley, M.Ac., Director, Clinical Neuroscience Center, University of Minnesota Medical School (retired)

Apply Today

Applicants apply through SOPHAS Express by uploading a statement of purpose, two reference letters, and a resume showing at least four years of relevant experience as a manager or clinician. Official transcripts* should also be mailed to: UI Graduate Admissions, 108 Calvin Hall, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242.  *University of Iowa transcripts and other transcripts already on file with the Office of Admissions do not need to be submitted.


For additional information contact:

Brianne Johnson
Programs Coordinator

Center for Healthcare Executive Studies and Services (CHESS)

Department of Health Management and Policy
College of Public Health
University of Iowa

Questions or comments? Contact Bri Johnson. This page was last reviewed on August 5, 2020.