Healthcare Financial Management (CERT)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Application requirements are submitted to the Graduate School and include:

  • Graduate application submitted to the Graduate School
  • Official transcripts indicating conferral of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • One-page personal statement written by the applicant that is a clear, substantive description of his or her goals in public health and healthcare management.
  • Application fee

For specific information about the degree program or the application process, students should contact Pam Renner.

Applications are accepted for the Fall and Spring semester. There are no Summer admissions. Preferred, to facilitate processing, application deadlines are August 1 for Fall starts and November 15 for Spring starts.

Certificate Requirements

12 credit hours of required coursework.

PHMS 509Health Finance and Financial Management3
PHMS 662Health Economics3
PHMS 687Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Managers3
PHMS 689Insurance & Alternative Payment Models3
Minimum Total Hours12

If a student chooses to pursue the Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) degree at any time after enrolling in or completing the Certificate program, then all coursework completed within the preceding three years with a grade of B or better may be applied towards the coursework for the MSHA degree.

MSHA graduates or currently enrolled MSHA students are not intended to be eligible to receive this certificate as the CAHME-accredited degree is appropriate and sufficient development and credentialing.

Formerly enrolled MSHA students may apply for certificate admission and utilize previously earned credits (grades of B or higher) toward certificate completion.


The School of Public Health and Information Sciences is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The University of Louisville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

For more information, see the School of Public Health and Information Sciences accreditation webpage.