Healthcare Administration and Leadership (Certificate)

Healthcare Administration and Leadership (Certificate)

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The health care industry is expected to continue to grow rapidly in the near future. As such, there is increasing demand for health care administrators with graduate-level training that can take leadership roles in planning, direction, coordination and delivery of health care services. Health care delivery systems are evolving at a quick pace, due to changes in the structure and financing of the health care sector, as well as, changes in the population served. Health care managers need to have the administrative skills that would allow them to assume leadership roles in increasingly complex health care delivery systems.

The Healthcare Administration and Leadership Certificate is designed for:

1. Developing the health care administration and leadership skills of students interested in pursuing a career in the health care industry.

2. Graduate  students in MBA, MSN, MPA, MA, MS and Ph.D. programs and for physicians, health care administrators, clinical laboratory scientists, dietitians and other professionals in the health care industry.

Admission Requirements

Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at There is no application fee.

Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

*Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Bachelor's  degree  from  a  regionally  accredited  institution  in  the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Resume.

Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
  • Certified English translation of educational records.


  • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

Program Contact

Program Coordinator: Dr. Akinloye Akindayomi

Phone: 956-665-7842

Office: Edinburg Campus, 220B




Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.


  • This program only admits applicants during Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.

Tuition Estimate

Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
Texas Resident $1,481.39 $3,894.17 $5,925.56
Non-Resident/International $2,708.39 $7,575.17 $10,833.56

*We estimate that tuition and fees will closely approximate the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Please note that the rates above are estimated for on-campus students and those enrolled in 16-week online programs. The rate is different for Accelerated Online Programs (AOP). Visit the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

Course Requirements

Required Courses 12
Choose from the following:
ACCT 6305: Health Care Accounting 3
ECON 6354: Health Economics 3
MARK 6360: Health Care Marketing 3
MGMT 6333: Human Resource Management in Health Care 3
MGMT 6372: Organizational Leadership and Change 3
NURS 6307: Health Care Policy, Organization and Financing 3
SPAN 6360: Language Access and Planning in Healthcare 3
Total hours required for completion: 12

Course Descriptions

ACCT 6305: Health Care Accounting               [3‐0]

This is an applied finance and accounting health care course, designed to provide decision makers with fundamental concepts in health care finance, accounting, budgeting, planning and forecasting. Students will gain an understanding in how to analyze financial statements and evaluate the financial conditions of various health care facilities. Students will also acquire an understanding of cost accounting concepts such as cost behavior, break‐even analysis and activity based costing.

ECON 6354: Health Economics              [3‐0]

This course presents an overview of health and medical care economics. Topics covered include the production of health, cost and benefit analysis, health care systems and institutions, the demand for health insurance and medical care, medical care production and costs, the physician and hospital services industry, and health care reform.

MARK 6360: Health Care Marketing              [3‐0]

Health care is a dynamic industry and continues to undergo dramatic reform and transformation. Within this fast changing environment, there are several trends that demand organizations to be effective marketers and to provide value to stakeholders, including patients. This course looks at contemporary trends in health care services including the increasing involvement of consumers in the health care process and the access to e‐information, the impact of interactive technology and the emphasis on the need for transparency within the medical professional, but also privacy of medical records, as well as increasing competition and the shifting and reshaping of the health care landscape. Collectively and independently, these factors reinforce the relevance of marketing theory, practice and research in the context of health care services.

MGMT 6333: Human Resource Management in Health Care              [3‐0]

This course is designed to acquaint students with basic principles and concepts of human resource management within a health care organization. Topics to be covered Include recruitment, selection, compensation, employee retention, training and development, and legal compliance. Students will have the opportunity to study human resource related problems faced by various healthcare systems such as hospitals, integrated health care systems, managed care settings, private practices, and public health clinics.

MGMT 6372: Organizational Leadership and Change               [3‐0]

This course is designed to provide a broad overview of Leadership and Organizational change theories, practices and research. Special attention will be given to critical thinking skills and the students' ability to communicate and lead effectively in the discussion chat room format.

NURS 6307: Health Care Policy, Organization and Financing              [3‐0]

This course focuses on health care policy, organization and financing. The advanced practice nurse’s role in the provision of quality cost‐effective care, participation in design and implementation of health care in a variety of health care systems, and leadership in managing human, fiscal and physical health care resources is emphasized.

Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

SPAN 6360: Language Access and Planning in Healthcare              [3‐0]

Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methodologies appropriate to the study of language in healthcare settings. Review of major social and behavioral theories that inform research on language Issues in healthcare settings.

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