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Management Fundamentals Postbaccalaureate Certificate

School of Public Health - Adm
School of Public Health
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Contact Information
School of Public Health, MMC 819, A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 OR 1-800-774-8636)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 14
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Management Fundamentals PBacc Certificate
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Management Fundamentals Certificate program provides students with the fundamentals of health care management. It includes coursework in the design of health care delivery systems, health economics, cost accounting in health care, introduction to health care finance, teamwork in health care, and an introduction to management principles in health care. The certificate includes select coursework from the School of Public Health's health care administration MHA degree - executive track, and is designed for individuals working in health care organizations and interested in developing a better understanding of management.
This program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management.
Program Delivery
  • primarily online (at least 80% of the instruction for the program is online with short, intensive periods of face-to-face coursework)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Special Application Requirements:
Admission to the certificate is decided by the MHA faculty with the advice and counsel of an admissions committee. Admission to the certificate requires the following: - a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university - at least three years of experience in a healthcare organization - current employment in a healthcare organization which affords the opportunity to apply the assignments in the coursework, or an agreement with such an organization in which the applicant is not employed - a letter of intent describing career interests and the relevance of the certificate to the applicant's personal development Note: Students are expected to bring a personal computer to the on-campus sessions.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
    • Total Score: 7.0
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 4 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
All courses must be taken for an A-F grade.
Required Coursework (14 credits)
PUBH 7565 - Innovation of Healthcare Services (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7535 - Managerial Accounting for Health Services (3.0 cr)
PUBH 7556 - Health and Health Systems (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7551 - Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7536 - Health Finance I (3.0 cr)
PUBH 7542 - Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (2.0 cr)
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PUBH 7565 - Innovation of Healthcare Services
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Designing/creating new care delivery services/experiences. Exploiting opportunities for innovation. Overcoming obstacles. Capturing value.
PUBH 7535 - Managerial Accounting for Health Services
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Differential, absorption, activity-based costing. Budgeting, variance analysis. Financial accounting, including transaction data/accrual accounting. Developing financial statements. Ration analysis. prereq: [AHC student or instr consent], experience with spreadsheets such as Excel or Lotus recommended
PUBH 7556 - Health and Health Systems
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
U.S. health care system/health policy process. Current challenges in areas of health care delivery, financing, policy.
PUBH 7551 - Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Understanding of/improvement in competencies of managers in organizations, particularly as applied to health services/public health organizations.
PUBH 7536 - Health Finance I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Principles of corporate/not-for-profit finance. Net present value, financial analysis, capital budgeting, financing options/decisions, capital structure, capital asset pricing model, financial planning, working capital management.
PUBH 7542 - Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Almost 20 years ago in the United States the Institute of Medicine published To Err is Human, transparently noting that between 44,000 and 98,000 people in that country die every year as a result of medical errors; further research has shown that patients in all countries are subject to unintended harm as a result of their interaction with our healthcare systems. Not only are these errors devastating to those who have them, they harm providers and cost billions of dollars a year. Additionally, as the healthcare landscape shifts rapidly from one build upon volume to a value-based system, health systems and countries face an ever more urgent need to improve quality and safety for the populations they serve. This course will review the role of the health system leader in addressing the challenge of improving quality, safety, and value. Modules will specifically address: an overview of quality improvement and patient safety, data and common improvement models, patient safety techniques, the administrator’s role in the creation of the culture of safety, future trends in quality, safety, and value. Course Goals: a. Understand the patient, system, and population impacts of the current quality and safety challenges faced by healthcare b. Describe common models used for improvement work c. Understand the role that providers and health system leaders play in quality improvement and patient safety efforts d. Utilize common tools of quality and safety e. Balance system and personal responsibilities in quality improvement and patient safety f. Be familiar with common terminology and techniques such as PDSA, Lean, RCA, and Six Sigma Course is reserved for students enrolled in Executive Masters in Healthcare Administration Program – School of Public Health.