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Graduate Certificate in Business of Health
Basic Certificate Information
The Graduate Certificate in the Business of Health is a 12-credit hour graduate option that equips healthcare and business professionals with the knowledge and skills you need to lead in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment. The program includes coursework in areas such as healthcare organization & management, Medicare regulation and payment systems, legal and tax strategies for healthcare organizations & professionals, and healthcare economics & policy, among others. This program is offered from a distinctively financial and managerial perspective. The influence of political, regulatory, social, legal, environmental and technological issues on management decisions is central to the practical, state-of-the-art classes. Whether you are a physician, nurse, practice manager, hospital administrator, financial officer, CPA, consultant, or aspiring healthcare professional, the Business of Health graduate certificate provides a practical blend of financial, management, regulatory, and technology courses, along with legal, ethical, and policy oriented courses, designed to equip you for leadership among today’s healthcare professionals.
The program is designed for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree or are currently enrolled in an advanced healthcare degree program and wish to obtain a solid foundation in the Business of Health. It is also designed for those who hold an advanced degree and seek to gain further specialization in the healthcare industry without the time commitment of a full MBA degree program.
Admission Requirements and Prerequisites
Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at UTSA and who wish to earn a certificate are eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in the Business of Health. Such students have already met UTSA requirements for admission, and thus special (non-degree-seeking) graduate student admission is not required for them. The students should contact the Graduate Certificate in the Business of Health Program Director for application details. A copy of the form will be sent to the Graduate Advisor of Record for the student’s degree program, the department in which the student’s program is housed, and the Graduate School.
Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at UTSA are required to apply for admission as a special (non-degree-seeking) graduate student and must indicate their intention to seek admission to a certificate program. Applicants will be required to meet University and College of Business admission requirements for special graduate students in the Graduate Certificate in the Business of Health program. Once admitted, the admission form will be signed by the Certificate Program Director and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies of the College of Business. A copy of this form will be sent to the Graduate School.
Students who already have a master’s degree, equivalent-level professional degree (such as JD, MD, DDS, etc.), or higher (such as Ph.D., DBA, etc.), are not required to submit a graduate admissions test for admission to the certificate program. Students who are currently enrolled in a post-baccalaureate degree program are required to submit their graduate admission test results (such as from the DAT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, OAT, PCAT, etc.) if they have taken an admissions test for their current program. The GMAT requirement for students who do not have an advanced degree, or who have not taken a graduate admission test may be waived for this program. The decision will be made on a case-by-case basis.
All students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in the Business of Health program will be advised that it is not a degree program. Students who are pursuing a Graduate Certificate in the Business of Health as a special (non-degree-seeking) graduate student will not be eligible for financial aid. If the student wishes to enter a graduate degree program, they will be required to apply to that program as a degree-seeking student. Admittance to, or completion of, the Graduate Certificate in the Business of Health is not considered to be and does not imply admission to a graduate degree program in the College of Business.
If the Graduate Certificate in the Business of Health Program Director requires any prerequisite background courses to adequately prepare a student for the courses included in the certificate program, this will be noted in the student’s file. The student will be notified that any noted prerequisite courses must be taken before enrolling in Graduate Certificate in the Business of Health program coursework. Students must complete 12 hours of required coursework and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above to earn the Graduate Certificate in the Business of Health.
Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5
Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.
Description of Curriculum: 12 semester credit hours, distributed as follows:
- A. Required courses (9 credit hours)
- ACC 6773 Seminar in Medicare Regulation (offered in Spring semester)
- ACC 6763 Legal & Tax Strategies for Healthcare Organizations (offered in Spring semester)
- MGT 6123 Healthcare Management (offered in Fall semester)
- B. Electives (3 credit hours, choose any one of the following Business of Health courses)
- ACC 6783 Accounting for Healthcare Organizations (offered in Fall semester)
- BLW 6553 Legal, Ethical & Social Issues in Healthcare Management
- ECO 6543 Healthcare Economics & Policy
- MGT 6133 Organizational & Managerial Issues in Healthcare Delivery (offered in Spring semester)
- MGT 6923 Healthcare Management Internship
- Dana A. Forgione, Ph.D., CPA, CMA, CFE, Janey S. Briscoe Endowed Chair in the Business of Health and Professor of Accounting.
- Pamela C. Smith, Ph.D., Dayton Schrader Scholar in Accounting and Associate Professor of Accounting.
- Pepe Chang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management.
- Joseph P. Gonzales, MHA, FACHE, Lecturer-I of Management.