Health Systems Leadership Certificate

The goal of the Health Systems Leadership Certificate program supports the collaboration with MSU, the University of Kentucky and St. Claire Regional Medical Center to provide business and health information technology graduate education for the Rural Physician Leadership Program (RPLP).

Admission Requirements

Admission is limited to participants admitted to the University of Kentucky Medical School Rural Physician Leadership 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
  3. Satisfactorily complete all program requirements.

Certification Requirements


HSM 650Health IT and Clinical Transformation


HSM 660Community Clinical Placements


HSM 680Healthcare Leadership and Ethics


HSM 684Healthcare Financial Management


Total Credit Hours: 12