Health Finance and Management
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. This certificate program can be completed online.
The intended audience includes current degree students in the Bloomberg School of Public Health who are interested in health management and finance issues. MPH students enrolled in the Management and Leadership concentration and JHSPH MAS degree students are not eligible to apply. Non-degree students who want to focus exclusively on current topics in health services management and finance are encouraged to apply for the certificate program. Please note: for non-degree students, applications must reflect a first or third term start date.
Upon completion of the certificate program in Health Finance and Management, students will be able to:
- Describe the organization and primary financial systems of the U.S. healthcare delivery system
- Describe current key policy and programmatic health care payment methodologies, and the impact of evolving value-based models.
- Describe and apply key models (e.g. ACO) to optimize health care organization and delivery.
- Evaluate various models of management and leadership, and leadership traits and characteristics necessary to meet the needs of complex and collaborative health care delivery systems.
- Discuss challenges and opportunities related to the use and integration of data, data-gathering, and other aspects of health care information systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness within the health care delivery system.
Applicants must review the How to Apply page for important deadlines and information about the application process, including links to the declaration of intent forms that current JHSPH students must complete.
The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision. Only those approved and notified by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.
Requirements for Successful Completion
A minimum of 18 credits is required for certification. All courses must be taken for letter grade and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 for all Certificate courses is required. The certificate program length is flexible; however, the certificate must be completed within three years.
The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program requirements.The student's transcript will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program and processed by the Registrar.
Course of Study
Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the courses are offered. The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below. Students should also check for pre-requisites and whether the instructor consent is required.
All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.
Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH
All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.
1, 2, 3,4
Fundamentals of Budgeting and Financial Management
(In addition to the course listed above, one of the two courses listed below is also required)
Applications in Managing Health Organizations in Low and Middle Countries*
|312.600||Managing Health Services Organizations**||4||3||-|
|221.604||Case Studies in Management and Decision Making||3||-||3|
|221.608||Managing Non-Governmental Organizations in the Health Sector||3||-||3|
|221.654||Systems Thinking in Public Health: Applications of Key Methods and Approaches||2||3||-|
|221.722||Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries||4||1||1|
|300.650||Crisis and Response in Public Health Policy and Practice||3||-||2|
Introduction to the US Healthcare System
|309.600||Evaluating Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Programs||3||1||-|
|309.631||Population Health Informatics||3||2||-|
Managed Care and Health Insurance
|309.730||Patient Safety and Medical Errors||3||3||FI|
|311.615||Quality of Medical Care||3||1||-|
|312.604||Quantitative Tools for Managers||3||-||2,3|
|312.610||Foundations of Organizational Leadership||3||-||2,3,SI|
|312.620||Performance Measurement in Health Care||2||-||SI|
Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
Financial Management in Healthcare I
Financial Management in Healthcare II
Health Management Information Systems
Human Resources in Health Organizations
|312.636||Supply Chain Management||2||-||SI|
|312.655||Organizational Behavior and Management||2||-||4|
Marketing in Health Care Organizations
3, 4, SI
|312.670||Negotiation in Health Care Settings||3||-||4|
|312.693||Introduction to Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research||3||1||-|
|313.610||Health Economics for Managers||3||2||-|
|Students may select either 313.641 OR 313.790, but not both|
|313.641||Introduction to Health Economics||3||3||-|
Economic Evaluation I
One of the following may be selected as an elective, but not both:
Introduction to Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety: A Management Perspective
Human Factors in Patient Safety
S = Summer
SI = Summer Institute
FI=Fall Institute in Barcelona, Spain
* = This course can only fulfill the management requirement for those students working in LMICs and planning to do so in the future.
** = Most certificate students will need to select this option.
Health Policy and Management
Name Mark Bittle
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