Acquire the Skills to Lead Health Care Organizations
Next start date
September 24, 2016
The extreme complexity of today’s health care systems has created a huge demand for leaders who possess superior management ability. Organizations are looking to hire medical professionals with expertise in program planning, marketing, financial strategy and other key areas.
In this four-course certificate program, you’ll hone the essential skills required to lead a successful health care organization. We’ll consider the latest strategies in leadership development, employee oversight and change management. You’ll look at ways to create a long-term vision for your organization and learn how to measure progress and adjust benchmarks along the way. Gain a solid foundation in all aspects of health care management and organizational leadership.
Mid-career physicians and senior-level administrators and managers.
A bachelor's degree is required. Applicants are also expected to have an MD, RN or other professional degree in a clinical or medical field, such as a DO, PharmD, DDS, PT, PA, as well as some experience in management. However, health care administrators and managers who are not clinicians may also be considered for admission.
To participate in this program, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
This certificate program does not qualify for F-1 visa status. For information on eligible programs, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed Internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. Students must receive a grade of at least 2.7 in each course and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Instructor Ed Walker describes the valuable skills students can gain from the Certificate in Medical Management and the types of leadership roles it prepares them for.
By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 12 graduate credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into the Executive Master of Health Administration. To use these credits, you must obtain graduate nonmatriculated status before you register for the first course of the certificate program.
By completing this certificate program, you can earn continuing education credit approved by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (AMA PRA Category 1 credits).
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Medical Practice Quality Measurement & Management
Leadership & Change Management
Health Services Financial Management
Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations
Certificate in Medical Management
Approved by the UW School of Medicine and the Department of Health Services, UW School of Public Health.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Scott Bond, President and CEO, WSHA
Lisa Brandenburg, President and Chief Operating Officer, Seattle Children's
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, UW Educational Outreach
Becca Bregel, Professional Development Specialist, University of Washington
Florence Chang, Executive Vice President, MultiCare Health System
Douglas Conrad, Senior Faculty MHA Program, University of Washington
Rick Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, The Everett Clinic
Lloyd David, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, The Polyclinic
Gregg Davidson, Chief Executive Officer, Skagit Valley Hospital
Elena De Lisio, Program Manager, University of Washington
William L. Dowling, Ph.D., Professor and past Chair, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Joel Felix, Associate Director of Curriculum Management, University of Washington
Jim Fitzpatrick, Vice President - Network Management, CIGNA
Howard Frumkin, Dean - School of Public Health, University of Washington
Jennifer Hanscom, Associate Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, Washington State Medical Association
Maggie Helsel, MHA Program Marketing Recruitment and Alumni Relations, University of Washington
Paul Ishizuka, Chief Financial Officer, UWMC
Joyce Jackson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Kidney Centers
Renee Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, Mark Reed Health Care District
Nathan Johnson, Director - Division of Policy Planning and Performance, Washington State Health Care Authority
Larry Kessler, Chair - Health Services Department, University of Washington
Robert Malte, Chief Executive, Evergreen Healthcare
Peter McGough, Chief Medical Officer, UW Neighborhood Factoria Clinic
Anthony McLean, President, St. Francis Hospital
Caitlin Moulding, Vice President - Strategy and Marketing, Overlake Hospital
Sarah Patterson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Virginia Mason Medical Center
Diana Rakow, Executive Director of Public Policy, Group Health Cooperative
Norm Seabrooks, Vice President - Local Market Head, Aetna
Mark Secord, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Neighborcare Health
Dennis Stillman, M.H.A., Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Washington
John Vassall, Chief Medical Officer, Swedish Medical Center
Edward A. Walker, M.D., M.H.A., Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences;Cheryl M. Scott / GHC Professor of Health Administration, Health Services
William Welton, Senior Faculty, MHA Program - University of Washington
Stephen Zieniewicz, Executive Director, UW Medical Center
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
The program begins in September 2016. We are accepting applications until 5 p.m. on September 14, 2016. We will consider applications received after that date if space is available.
We’ll contact you within 10 business days after the application deadline to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due two weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software. The technology fee is based on the number of credits you are taking. It is not charged during summer quarter.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Courses in this program include both in-person classroom meetings (intensive, three-day sessions in Bellevue) and online instruction outside of class meeting times. There are specific attendance requirements for in-person class sessions – contact us for further information. Online lessons, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a Web-based learning management system that also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates. Online coursework can be completed wherever you are, on your own schedule. You simply need to submit assignments by their due dates.
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Not available for this program
Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.
Principal, ECG Management Consultants
Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Director, UW Healthcare Leadership Development Alliance; Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Washington; Cheryl M. Scott / Group Health Cooperative Professor of Health Administration, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Washington
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