Note: Students may only pursue the certificate program in combination with an undergraduate CSULB degree program.
The Certificate Program in Health Care Administration is comparable to a minor of 18 semester units and, with prerequisite course work, may require a maximum of 24 semester units for completion. Components of the program include the forms of organization and operation of health care systems, human resources management, leadership and development, financial management, and marketing. The Certificate may be combined with major programs from a variety of fields including, but not limited to, behavior and natural sciences, humanities, health professionals, business and public administration, and social work and is conferred as a post-baccalaureate certificate or concurrently with the BS/BA.
Health care administrators are usually prepared at the masters' degree level for job entry into upper management. There is, however, an increased emphasis to prepare health care professionals to function as managers at other levels as well. Increasingly, physicians are also seeking preparation in the elements of management. These diverse groups use management skills in such health organizations as hospitals, nursing homes, health departments, health maintenance organizations, health planning and regulatory agencies, group medical practices, health insurance firms, pharmacy and medical companies.