Healthcare Management.


As part of Boston University’s on-campus Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, you will choose at least one Functional Certificate as your area of concentration, building upon your interests, strengths and career goals.

Healthcare Management Functional Certificate


The mission of the Healthcare Management certificate program is to advance both research and education that improves access, quality, equity, and value in healthcare, and to meet the educational and professional development needs of recent graduates and early to mid-career health system professionals who seek to become leaders in evidence-based healthcare management and policy and transform the health of populations.


  • To provide an education that cultivates students’ content-specific skills as well as their ability to develop their leadership, professionalism, and career advancement skills
  • To become a nationally-competitive program option for students who seek to transform healthcare delivery
  • To create leaders who prioritize solving issues of disparities and access that plague the current US healthcare system
  • To deliver a flexible program for both full-time and part-time students, at multiple career stages


  • Excellent teaching, student advising, and career preparation
  • Effective implementation of evidence derived from rigorous research into practice
  • Leverage diverse stakeholder perspectives to reduce systematic inequities in healthcare delivery
  • Establish the foundation for making ethical decisions using sound business and financial practices
  • Interdisciplinary team work and analysis, both in research and in practice
  • Applied exercises among students, alumni, and prospective employers through the use of field-based projects

Healthcare management aims to improve access, quality, equity, and value in health care through optimizing the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare systems. BUSPH’s CAHME-accredited practice-based certificate in healthcare management provides graduates crucial analytical and leadership competencies to tackle these challenges. Graduates can analyze the organization, financing, and delivery of healthcare; analyze effects of healthcare policy; apply project management and quality improvement tools; and lead individuals and teams to improve care delivery. Graduates most commonly work for hospitals, health centers, health systems, quality-improvement organizations, health insurers, or consulting firms. Some directly support clinical care (e.g. as managers in clinical areas) while others are responsible for business functions that support care (e.g. as financial analysts). In this certificate program, you will develop conceptual, analytical, and practical knowledge that will facilitate your advancement in the healthcare management field.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the MPH with a certificate in Healthcare Management, graduates excel in five key areas: health care system analysis, health policy analysis, improvement and implementation, leadership, and professionalism.

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Sample Course Titles

  • Health Care Delivery Systems: Issues and Innovations
  • Managerial Skills for Problem Solving
  • Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Leaders
  • Strategic Management of Healthcare Organizations
  • Operations Management in Health Care

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Sample Practicum

  • Program Evaluation Intern, Fenway Community Health Center
  • Administrative & Elder Service Plan Intern, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
  • Health Systems Administrative Intern, Veterans’ Affairs Boston Healthcare System
  • Population Health Intern, Atrius Health
  • Assistant Program Administrator, BUMC Center for Implementation & Improvement Sciences
  • Neurology Quality Improvement Intern, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Performance Management & Quality Improvement Intern, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Process Improvement Consultant Intern, Massachusetts General Hospital Orthopedics Department

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Integrative Learning Experience

The ILE for the Healthcare management certificate is designed to be completed during a student’s last semester in the program, and is focused on evidence-based management, requiring that students apply current research findings in the field of healthcare management to an applied healthcare delivery problem or question.

Certificate Director

“The CAHME-accredited Healthcare Management program at BUSPH offers a very hands-on model of education that provides students with skills they can use to launch successful careers in healthcare leadership positions. Our program is unique in its presentation of coursework and approaches to problem solving as it views the delivery of healthcare through the lens of communities and populations, rather than focusing only on the organizations that provide medical care. Our graduates are landing great jobs in some of the nation’s best health care organizations, consulting firms, and health insurance companies and are changing the lives of patients every day.  It is no wonder that our program has recently been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the highest ranked program in New England – a distinction we carry very proudly!”

Frequently Asked Questions

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