Health Systems Management (HSM) Certificate

The goal of the Health Systems Management Certificate program is to prepare students for leadership in the health care industry and to address the national priority for university-based curriculum to meet the increased demand for health care professionals with competencies in health information technology and health systems transformation.

Students wanting to apply the certificate hours to the MBA program through MSU may do so by meeting all requirements for unconditional admission and completing the remainder of required coursework.

Admission Requirements

  1. General admission to graduate study (for criteria, refer to "Admission to Graduate Study").
  2. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 and at least 3.0 on all graduate work that may apply to the certificate.  
  3. In addition, admission to the certificate program will require meeting at least one of the following criteria:  
    1. Minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in a health care or business position following completion of the bachelor's degree.  
    2. Completion of a prior graduate degree program.

Program Competencies

Students completing the Health Systems Management Certificate will be prepared to:

  1. Assume leadership positions in a variety of health care settings.
  2. Have the ability to plan and implement major change initiatives.
  3. Participate in workflow and process transformation initiatives in health care settings.
  4. Apply quality improvement benchmarks and methods to improve health care outcomes.
  5. Identify global health care trends and issues and discuss their implications.
  6. Manage a clinical practice or health care unit in a large institution.
  7. Appropriately apply ethical standards, privacy and security regulations, and public policy to guide practice and decision making.
  8. Effectively use health information technology and exchange (HIT and HIE) to achieve "meaningful use" and improve health care outcomes.
  9. Evaluate all aspects of the health care environment and integrate strategic thinking into the operations of the organization.
  10. Develop a framework for financial decision making in practice management and other health care settings.

Requirements for the Certificate

  1. Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all graduate coursework.
  2. Apply for completion at the beginning of the term in which all requirements will be completed. Students can access the completion forms online at or visit the Graduate School, 701 Ginger Hall, Morehead, KY 40351. The completion form can also be faxed to: 606-783-5061.
  3. Satisfactorily complete all program requirements.

Certification Requirements


HSM 650Health IT and Clinical Transformation


HSM 680Healthcare Leadership and Ethics


Choose six hours from the following list:

HSM 611Health Economics


HSM 630Healthcare Public Policy


HSM 655Management of Healthcare Information Systems


HSM 660Community Clinical Placements


HSM 670Directed Study


HSM 682Healthcare Delivery Systems


HSM 684Healthcare Financial Management


PA 641Ethics in Public Administration


Total Credit Hours: 12