Health Services Administration Certificate (Post-baccalaureate Non-business Students)

Health Services Administration Certificate (Post-baccalaureate Non-business Students)


Post-baccalaureate Business students

The Health Services Administration graduate certificate prepares health care professionals in the business aspects of health care. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree may elect to complete this five-course certificate in order to improve their ability to understand and manage within the U.S. health care system. Course content is specific to the field of health care delivery. Students will learn management strategies, health policy, accounting and financial management and approaches to quality improvement.

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    Admission Criteria

    1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college. Your undergraduate degree does not have to be healthcare-related.
    2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75. Probationary admission may be granted to students whose GPA is less than a 2.75.
    3. Official transcripts sent directly from all colleges and universities attended.
    4. One letter of professional recommendation from someone in a supervisory capacity. Recommendation letter should be on the recommender’s employer’s letterhead and sent directly by the recommender from their professional (not personal) email address either to or through the Detroit Mercy application portal.
    5. A brief (1-2 pages) essay explaining why you are interested in pursuing the HSA Certificate program at University of Detroit Mercy:
      • how your prior professional and/or personal experience led to your choice of a career in health administration
      • why the HSA Certificate program at University of Detroit Mercy is of particular interest to you
      • what your professional goals are upon graduation from the program / how you plan to use the HSA Certificate upon graduation
      • For international students: why you chose the U.S. as your study destination
    6. For international students: TOEFL score of 6.5 or equivalent test score.
    7. Resume/Curriculum Vitae.

    Application to the program can be made to the HSA Certificate program online by visiting the Detroit Mercy website for admissions ( and selecting apply online.

    For questions or assistance regarding the application process, contact:

    Telephone: 800-635-5020 


    Admission from Health Services Administration Certificate Program to the Master of Health Services Administration Program

    Students who complete the Health Services Administration Certificate program are eligible for admission to the MHSA program if they meet all admission criteria for the master's program. For entry into the master's program, candidates must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a combined cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better, submit official transcripts sent directly from all colleges and universities attended, a resume, three letters of recommendation (one from a supervisor) and a personal essay. Applicants who meet the requirements will be interviewed by the Health Services Administration program director for final determination of eligibility. All degree requirements must be completed within seven years.


    Course Requirements for the Certificate in Health Services Administration for post baccalaureate students (other than business students) 15 credits

    • HSA 5001 Theory and Practice of Health Services Management (co-requisite**HSA 5005) (2 credits)
    • HSA 5005 Career Management for Health Services Administrators (co-requisite**HSA 5001) (1 credit)
    • HSA 5010 Accounting Principles for Health Services Professionals (3 credits)
    • HSA 5020 Financial Management of Health Services (prerequisite HSA 5010) (3 credits)
    • HLH 5700 Health Care Delivery and Policy Issues (3 credits)
    • HSA 5780 Quality Improvement in Health Care Organizations (3 credits)
    **Courses that are co-requisites must be added to the registration basket at the same time.

    Program Contact Information

    HSA Program Contact Information:

    Mary Mitsch, PhD, MSN, RN
    Director, HSA Program
    HP 332
    McNichols Campus
    Telephone:  313-993-0411

    Munai Newash, MA
    Administrative Assistant
    HP 115
    McNichols Campus
    Telephone: 313-993-1146