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Health Finance and Management


Educational Objectives

The goal of this certificate program is to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills in the areas of management, finance and leadership within healthcare. The primary focus of the program is the U.S. health system.

Intended Audience

The intended audience includes current degree students in the Bloomberg School of Public Health who are interested in health management and finance issues. Non-degree students who want to focus exclusively on current topics in health services management and finance are also welcome to apply for the certificate program. MPH students may enroll in either the Management and Leadership concentration or the certificate program, not both.

Admissions Criteria

Bloomberg School of Public Health masters and doctoral students are required to contact the Application Coordinator to receive and complete an application before they can begin the program. It is recommended that this application be submitted by October 15. Please note that no more than 6 credits of coursework earned prior to certificate admisison, may be applied toward the certificate.

All other Johns Hopkins University masters and doctoral students must apply to the program using the school's online application. The certificate application includes a CV, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, and written approval from the student's academic advisor to pursue the certificate. The application does not require scores from the GRE, TOEFL, or ILETS. The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision. The recommended deadline is October 15 as no more than 6 credits of coursework earned prior to certificate admission may be applied to the certificate.

Non-JHU applicants (applicants who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at the Johns Hopkins University) must also apply using the school’s online application. Students may apply to begin in any term, but no more than 6 credits of coursework earned prior to certificate admission may be applied toward the certificate. The certificate application includes official transcripts from all post-secondary schools, a CV, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, and one letter of recommendation. Transcripts from non-US institutions must be approved by a credentialing agency. The application does not require scores from the GRE, TOEFL, or ILETS. The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision. Only those approved by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.

Course of Study

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses
551.603Fundamentals of Budgeting and Financial Management31, 32, SI
(In addition to the course listed above, one of the three courses listed below are also required)
221.602Applications in Managing Health Organizations in Low and Middle Countries*3-1
312.601Fundamentals of Management for Health Care Organizations**5-1
551.601Managing Health Services Organizations***43-
Elective Courses
300.651Introduction to the US Healthcare System442
309.620Managed Care and Health Insurance3-3
312.617Fundamentals of Financial Accounting3-1
312.621Strategic Planning3-3
312.623Financial Management in Healthcare I3-3
312.624Financial Management in Healthcare II3-4
312.633Health Management Information Systems34-
312.635Human Resources in Health Organizations2-4
312.660Marketing in Health Care Organizations3-4, SI
313.790Economic Evaluation I34-
551.604Quantitative Tools for Managers3-2
551.605Case Studies in Management and Decision Making3-3
551.608Managing Non-Governmental Organizations in the Health Sector3-3
551.610Foundations of Leadership3-3, SI
312.843SS/R: Healthcare Economics for Managers3-2
312.790Managing Organizational Conflict in a Healthcare Setting1-SI
One of the following may be selected as an elective, but not both:   
312.678Introduction to Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety: A Management Perspective2-3
309.732Organizational and Human Factors in Patient Safety3-4

S = Summer
SI = Summer Institute
* = This course can only fulfill the management requirement for those students working in LMICs and plan to do so in the future.
** = Enrollment Priority is given to MHA students, HPM/DrPH students, and MPH/Leadership & Management Concentrators.
*** = Most certificate students will need to select this option.

Requirements for Successful Completion

A minimum of 18 credits is required for certification. All courses must be taken for letter grade and a 3.0 grade point average is required for certification. No more than one grade of "C" can be applied to the certificate. Requirements must be completed within a three-year period.

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Faculty Sponsor
NameWilliam J. Ward

Administrative Contact
Name Teresa Schwartz
Phone 410.955.3624/Hampton House 363

Application Coordinator
Name Jamila Savage
Phone 410.614.2188

Gainful Employment Program Information

Certificate NameHealth Finance and Management1
CIP Code57.0701
Credential LevelPost-Baccalaureate Certificate
Occupations and SOC Codes11-1010 Chief Executives
 11-9110 Medical and Health Services Managers
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Program Duration
Minimum Number of Term Credits Required18 term credits. Each term is 8 weeks in duration.
Weeks232 (please read footnote)
Program Costs3 
Tuition and FeesThe tuition and fees paid by full-time Johns Hopkins University degree students cover the tuition cost of the certificate program.  Tuition is $954 per term credit for part-time degree students ($17, 172 for 18 term credits) plus a one-time application fee of $45 (Academic Year 2013-2014)
Books and Supplies$400 (estimated)
On-time Completion Rate40 students earned the certificate in academic year 2012-2013
Job Placement Rate5Not required
Median Loan Debt upon Program Completion (AY 2013 -2014)
Title IV Debt$0.00
Private Educational Loan Debt$0.00
Institutional Financing Debt$0.00
  1. The certificate is offered to Johns Hopkins University graduate students who are interested in Health Finance and Management.
  2. The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years. Students do not need to be enrolled in a certificate course during consecutive terms. The number of certificate course credits taken may range from zero to 22 per term. Degree students earn the certificate simultaneously with their degree program and determine the number of credits taken each term with advisor approval. Full-time degree students are able to complete the certificate within one academic year.
  3. Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
  4. Completion rates will be tracked beginning in academic year 2012-2013.
  5. The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for certificate programs.