Health Sector Management Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

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: 

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.

Students who are already enrolled at Penn State in a master’s degree program must make a new, separate online application to the certificate program. Certificate program courses will only apply to their master’s program with adviser approval and subject to restrictions outlined in GCAC-309 Transfer Credit. Courses applied to the student’s master’s degree program must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

The graduate certificate program in health sector management requires a total of four 3-credit courses (12 graduate credits) as outlined below. 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
BUSAD 830Biotechnology and Health Industry Overview3
BUSAD 834Ethical Dimensions of Management in the Biotechnology and Health Industry3
Select 6 credits from the following:6
New Ventures Ideation and Feasibility Analysis
Managing Business Processes
Commercialization of Biopharmacueticals
Health Law
Total Credits12


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the key dimensions of the health sector from the perspective of multiple stakeholders.
  2. Critically analyze contemporary issues that affect the health sector.
  3. Critically evaluate and make ethical decisions with consideration for multiple stakeholders.
  4. Demonstrate creative and pragmatic solutions to existing challenges facing the health sector industry.


Campus Great Valley
Graduate Program Head James A Nemes
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Karen Duhala
Program Contact

Leanne J Wallace
Penn State Great Valley
30 E. Swedesford Road
Malvern PA 19355
(610) 648-3336

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