Health Leadership Certificate

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Program Director: Mary Helen McSweeney-Feld, Ph.D.
Phone: 410-704-3909

Graduates of the Health Leadership Post Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) program pursue careers in a broad range of health care and public health fields. Through this unique course of study you’ll gain leadership skills and knowledge that will give you a competitive edge in the health marketplace. 

The 12-unit program consists of four graduate level courses: three required courses plus any 3 unit 500-600 level HLTH, HCMN, or IDHP course. The Health Leadership PBC can be completed in nine to 15 months on a part-time or full-time basis.

Start with the PBC, Build to a Master's

Units earned from the Health Leadership PBC can be applied to the Master's degree in Health Science. Build your resume by earning both degrees at once.

Please note: Students in the PBC program who decide to pursue the Master's will need to apply and meet all Health Science M.S. admission requirements.

Current Health Science M.S. Students: Add the Health Leadership PBC

Students enrolled in the Health Science M.S. program can earn this PBC by choosing the required Health Leadership courses as some of their electives. This way they can graduate with both the Master's and the PBC.

Please note: Even students admitted into the Health Science M.S. program need to submit a separate application to the Health Leadership PBC program in order to earn the additional credential.

Admission Requirements

Application deadlines and a full listing of materials required for admission can be found on the website.

The Department of Health Sciences post-baccalaureate certificate (PBC) in Health Leadership is based on a the need for leadership knowledge and expertise in today’s health-related organizations. The program is designed to prepare lifelong learners and leaders who can advance knowledge through innovative practice and applied research.

Certificate Requirements

This PBC in Health Leadership consists of the following four courses (12 units):

Elective Any 500-600 level HLTH, HCMN, or IDHP course3
Total Units12

Units earned from PBC in Health Leadership can be applied towards the MS degree in Health Science if students elects to continue their graduate education. PBC students who decide to pursue the MS Health Science program will need to apply to the MS Health Science program and meet all program admission requirements.

Currently enrolled MS Health Science graduate students (all concentrations) can also earn the PBC Certificate as part of their education. Currently enrolled MS Health Science graduate students are encouraged to speak with their graduate adviser about how the PBC coursework fits within their concentrations.

  1. Describe theories and practices in health care leadership of effective behaviors and situational awareness as applied to a range of workplace settings and scenarios.
  2. Discuss the causes and effects of conflict in health care settings and the role of a leader in responding to conflict, through demonstration of health care information literacy and technological competency.
  3. Assess the impact of change in health care settings and analyze strategies essential for effective change management.