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Health Sector Management

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

John Cameron
30 E. Swedesford Road
Great Valley
Phone: 610-725-5370

The School of Graduate Professional Studies at Penn State Great Valley offers a four-course (12- credit) Graduate Certificate program in Health Sector Management.

The program is designed to provide preparation for individuals who work or aspire to work in the health sector as administrators, managers, physicians, nurses, pharmaceutical representatives and scientists, and other health sector organizations. The program is designed to respond to the needs of professionals in health care provider organizations, third-party payors, biopharmaceutical
organizations, and other organizations whose business is focused on the health sector including information technology, medical devices, benefits management, clinical research organizations, and consulting firms. 

The curriculum emphasizes development of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to understand and influence the dynamics of the health sector’s business environment. The curriculum’s broad focus considers business issues from the vantage points of multiple stakeholders to prepare students with a comprehensive understanding of the health sector. The program is designed to help students build a distinctive competence in health sector management that is relevant not only to managers and professionals employed by payor and provider organizations but also for those employed by biopharmaceutical, medical device, information technology, and other organizations that comprise the health sector. Required course work emphasizes the key dimensions of policy, financing, and organization in the health sector; critical analysis of current issues that health sector organizations face; as well as legal and ethical dimensions of decision making in the health sector. The cost, quality, access paradigm serves as an over-arching framework for study of current issues in the health sector including commercialization of biopharmaceuticals, information technology (IT) solutions, marketing, managing business processes, developing new ventures, regulation, and quality improvement. Content is grounded in research and best demonstrated practice and is both theoretical and applied, with an emphasis on practical application of knowledge gained.

This certificate program is attractive to individuals who desire advanced education in health sector management but who do not wish to pursue a master’s degree at this time, as well as those interested in pursuing specialized knowledge of health sector management concurrent with a graduate degree program. With program approval, the courses in this graduate certificate program may be applied to the Master of Business Administration program at Great Valley or, in the case of two courses in the certificate program (BUSAD 530 and BUSAD 534), to the Master of Leadership Development (MLD) program. This graduate certificate program also is valuable for individuals who already hold a master’s degree and wish to update or expand their knowledge and skills.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

Applicants are expected to have achieved a 3.0 (B) or higher undergraduate grade point average. Applicants holding a master’s degree or doctoral degree should have attained at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) in previous graduate work. Professional experience will be taken into consideration for admission.

Applicants are required to submit: official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended; a current resume, and a statement of intent or career objective.

Admission decisions are made by a faculty committee and are based on the quality of the applicant’s credentials in relation to those of other applicants. Evaluation criteria include professional and academic accomplishments. Upon approval, certificate program students will enroll in course work on a nondegree basis. Students must complete each course with a grade of B or better in order to receive the certificate. Note that admission as a nondegree graduate student neither guarantees nor implies subsequent admission to a degree program. Nondegree students are not eligible to
receive fellowships or graduate assistantships.

International applicants should consult with a program adviser prior to applying for admission for more information about admission and enrollment requirements. International applicants must satisfy all Graduate School requirements for admission.

With adviser approval, all four courses in the certificate may be applied to the Great Valley MBA, and two courses (BUSAD 530 and BUSAD 534) may be applied to the Great Valley Master of Leadership Development program.

· Certificate program students who wish to have the certificate courses applied to a master’sdegree program must formally be admitted to the master’sdegree program. Admission into the master’sdegree program is a separate step and is not guaranteed. Interested students should contact the Great Valley Admissions Office (telephone 610-648-3242 or email for more information about how to apply and make a change from nondegree to degree status. Once a certificate program student is admitted to a master’sdegree program and
enrolls on a degree basis, certificate courses completed with a grade of B or better will be “transferred”into the program, subject to restrictions outlined in the Transfer of Nondegree and Certificate Graduate Credits. However, admission into a graduate program, and credit toward a graduate degree for specific courses taken on a nondegree basis, is up to the graduate program.
· Students who are already enrolled at Penn State in a master’sdegree program must make a new, separate online application to the certificate program. Certificate programs course will only apply to their master’sprogram with adviser approval. Courses applied to the student’smaster’sdegree program must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.

List of Courses Included in the Certificate

The graduate certificate program in health sector management requires a total of four 3-credit courses (12 graduate credits) as outline below. Two courses are required (BUSAD 530 and BUSAD 534), and two courses are electives selected from a list of four courses (BUSAD 511, 578, 835; HPA 836).

Students completing each of the four 3-credit courses with a grade of B or better will be eligible to receive a graduate certificate.

Required Courses (6 credits)
BUSAD 530 Biotechnology and Health Industry Overview
BUSAD 534 Ethical Dimensions of Management in the Biotechnology and Health Industries

Elective Courses (6 credits) (Choose 2 from the following 4 courses)
BUSAD 511 New Ventures I
BUSAD 578 Managing Business Processes
BUSAD 835 Commercialization of Biopharmaceuticals
HPA 836 Health Law

Effective Semester:  Spring 2017

Expiration Semester: Spring 2022


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