Political Science and Public Administration

Certificate in Health Care Policy and Administration

The health care policy and administration graduate certificate is a 15 credit hour program for individuals working in health care management or desiring to do so.  The program helps you identify and implement management best practices and thoughtfully engage in policy-making. This certificate can be independently paired with graduate programs such as the Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Arts (MA), or Master of Business Administration (MBA).


There are three required classes:

  • PSC 5410 Public and Nonprofit Management
  • PSC 6430 Public Policy Process
  • PUBH 6620 Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems

Students may take two electives from:

  • DST 6600 Disability Ethics and Policy         
  • ECON 5750 Health Economics         
  • HEAL 6280 Health Communication 
  • PUBH 6020 Management and Leadership in Public Health
  • PUBH 6310 Public Health Assessment and Planning           
  • PUBH 6320 Implementation of Public Health Programs
  • PUBH 6420 Social Marketing in Health
  • PUBH 6630 Public Health Advocacy
  • PUBH 6800 Evaluation of Health Programs
  • SOC 5160 Health And Gender        
  • Or other course approved by the MPA director

Additional requirements

  • Course requirements in the program must be completed within a three-year period.
  • Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
  • The certification can be completed independently of a regular graduate degree program, such as the Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Masters of Public Administration (MPA), Masters of Arts (MA), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students seeking to complete the certificate within a regular graduate degree program must first meet all the standards for admission to each program and apply to each program.

HOW TO Apply

Applications are available online at https://www.utoledo.edu/admission/apply/ .

Applications must include

  1. Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities you have attended (both graduate and undergraduate);
  2. An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 calculated on a 4.0 basis or 5 years of relevant work experience;
  3. GRE and TOEFL scores: GRE scores are not required. However, in addition to the requirements for regular admission,  all applicants from non-English speaking countries must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Admission to graduate study in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration requires a TOEFL iBT score of at least 100 or a IELTS score of at least 7.0 overall;
  4. Three letters of recommendation, which must be academically or employment related. These should be from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities and professional goals. Applicants who obtained their undergraduate degrees in the last five years must submit at least one academic letter;
  5. A thoughtfully drafted statement of purpose.

Contact information

Dr. Daniel Boden, Graduate Certificate Director

Last Updated: 6/24/21