Ohio University

Healthcare Leadership Certificate

What is a Certificate?

A certificate program provides students and working professionals the opportunity to expand their education through a set of specialized courses. These comprehensive sources are designed to build upon and advance the students' knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study. Earning a unique healthcare certificate from Ohio University can lead to a wide range of career opportunities, empowering students to exhibit leadership, initiative and a distinctive skill set and knowledge to compete for their desired career path. 

Healthcare Leadership Certificate Overview

In the continually evolving healthcare industry, outstanding leadership is crucial to ensure communities get the best possible care. Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions offers a 100% online, graduate-level Healthcare Leadership Certificate designed to offer high-quality educational opportunities for working healthcare professionals. This certificate will help professionals become more effective leaders, improve quality and safety, enhance the patient experience, stimulate financial growth and further develop a robust organizational culture for employees.  

While traditional master’s programs also prepare leaders, there is a growing demand from physicians, nurses and others for a convenient alternative that allows them to be better prepared for the leadership roles they are assuming.  

The Healthcare Leadership Certificate is 100% online and will help new and emerging leaders gain the knowledge and skills to expertly lead in a healthcare organization. View program flyer here (PDF).

Opportunities upon Completion:  

There is a growing demand from physicians, nurses and others to be better prepared for the leadership roles they are assuming. This certificate, which is based on a model of core leadership competencies and pillars of success used to translate strategic plans into operational goals and objectives (e.g., quality, finance, employee engagement), will help to better prepare them for these leadership roles. 

Required Courses: 

IHS 5200 Foundations of Leadership in Healthcare  
IHS 5201 Quality, Safety and Service in Healthcare Leadership
IHS 5202 Financial Innovation and Growth Strategies in Healthcare Leadership  

Graduation Requirements: 

1) Minimum semester hours required: 9 

2) Thesis requirement: No 

3) Qualifying exam: No 

4) Expected time to completion if studying full-time: 1.5 semesters 

5) The Healthcare Leadership Graduate Certificate consists of three courses for total of nine semester credit hours. Upon applying for graduation (for degree-seeking students) or completion of the certificate requirements (for non-degree students), you must contact the program coordinator for verification of completion and the awarding of the certificate. 

Admission Requirements: 

The Healthcare Leadership Graduate Certificate program will accept students in two categories: (1) those who have been admitted to an advanced degree program at Ohio University and (2) those who possess a bachelor’s or advanced degree but are not currently in a degree program at Ohio University. 

1) Students who have already been admitted to an advanced degree program at Ohio University (degree-seeking graduate students). 

  • Complete an Application for Update of Graduate Academic Program. This application can be obtained online or in person from the Graduate College. The certificate code is CTHCLG. 
  • The completed application, including the signature of an advisor (if applicable) should be submitted to the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies, in Grover W182, or emailed to Stephanie Johnson (johnsos1@ohio.edu) to obtain the certificate director signature. 
  • After the certificate director has signed the form, it will be sent to the Graduate College for processing.  

2) To apply to an individual certificate program for those who are not currently enrolled in an advanced degree program at Ohio University:

  • Submit an application to the Graduate College. Admission requirements include the following:  

Spring applications for admission will be accepted from October 26, 2019-March 2, 2020.

Click here to visit the Graduate College for more information.