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Health Administration Generalist - Certificate


The objective of the Health Administration Generalist certificate is to meet the needs of the professional public health provider. Graduates with this certificate become health sector leaders, innovators, and managers who are dedicated to advancing the health of our local, national and global communities. All Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) master’s degree applicants, current Milken Institute SPH graduate students, and SPH alumni have a unique opportunity to add the Health Administration Generalist graduate certificate to their degree.



Combining a master’s degree from the Milken School of Public Health with the Health Administration Generalist Graduate Certificate uniquely positions graduates for careers that require both breadth and depth of knowledge and skills in health services.

The Health Administration Generalist graduate certificate program is open to applicants with a master’s degree or higher who wish to gain knowledge and skills in public health or health services. Applicants without master’s degrees may be eligible depending upon their professional experience in public health. The Health Administration Generalist graduate certificate can be tailored to each student’s professional goals.  An advisor is assigned to each student to develop the unique program of study. 

Admissions requirements and application procedures for the graduate certificate program are identical to those of the master’s degree programs. Please see this website:

  • Graduate Credit Requirement: 18 graduate credits are required.
  • Course Selection: The Program Director/Advisor must pre-approve all course selections and course sequencing by developing a “program of study” prior to the student’s initial registration.  Graduate certificate students meet with their advisor each semester before registration. All changes in this program of study must be pre-approved by the Program Director/Advisor
  • Course Requirements:  Since most graduate certificate students are currently enrolled in an MPH program or have previously earned a graduate degree, most course credits will be selected from the program-specific course list.  Under no circumstances may a certificate student enroll in fewer than nine credits of program-specific courses.
  • Grade Point Requirement: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average or higher is required.
  • Time Limit Requirement: The certificate must be completed within two years.
  • Transfer Credit Policy: Up to four relevant graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous degree may be transferred to the certificate program. Credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last three years with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Transfer to a Degree Program: SPH Graduate Certificate students can transfer as many credits as meet program requirements, up to 18 credits, to the MHA degree.  Graduate Certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so via the online change of concentration petition after completion of 3 or more courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. A grade of B or better is required for a course to be eligible to transfer. Students interested in applying to a degree program should meet with Departmental Advisors regarding program-specific admission requirements.


Required Courses

Students must select 18 credits from the courses below (with advisor's approval):

HSML 6202 | Introduction to the US Health Services Delivery (2 credits)
HSML 6203 | Introduction to Health Management (2 credits)
HSML 6204 | Quality & Performance Improvement (2 credits)
HSML 6206 | Quantitative Methods & Epidemiology in Health Services (3 credits)
HSML 6207 | Health Services Infoformation Applications (2 credits)
HSML 6208 | Medical Informatics (2 credits)
HSML 6209 | Health Services Finance (2 credits)
HSML 6210 | Health Services Financial Applications (2 credits)
HSML 6211 | Health Economics (2 credits)
HSML 6212 | Community Health Management & Advocacy (2 credits)
HSML 6213 | Health Services Marketing & Planning (2 credits)
HSML 6215 | Health Law for Managers (2 credits)
HSML 6216 | Human Resources Management & Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
HSML 6218 | Seminar-Health Services Management & Leadership (2 credits)

Electives may be selected with the advance approval of your advisor.

Total Credits: 18

Non-Academic Requirements

Professional Enhancement

Students in the certificate program must participate in 8 hours of Professional Enhancement. These activities may be Public Health-related lectures, seminars, or symposia related to your field of study.

Professional Enhancement activities supplement the rigorous academic curriculum of the SPH degree programs and help prepare students to participate actively in the professional community. You can learn more about opportunities for Professional Enhancement via the Milken Institute School of Public Health Listserv, through departmental communications, or by speaking with your advisor.

Students submit a completed Professional Enhancement Form to the Office of Student Records which is required documentation to be cleared for graduation.

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Training

All students are required to complete the Basic CITI training module in Social and Behavioral Research.  This online training module for Social and Behavioral Researchers will help new students demonstrate and maintain sufficient knowledge of the ethical principles and regulatory requirements for protecting human subjects - key for any public health research.

Academic Integrity Quiz

All Milken Institute School of Public Health students are required to review the University’s Code of Academic Integrity and complete the GW Academic Integrity Activity.  This activity must be completed within 2 weeks of matriculation. Information on GWSPH Academic Integrity requirements can be found here.

Program Director and Advisor 

Robert Bonar, Jr

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