College of General Studies

Managing Health Services Programs and Projects

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Improve your administrative and business skills and earn a Certificate in Managing Health Services Programs and Projects. This 18-credit, interdisciplinary program emphasizes grant and research project management, and is designed to educate health service workers in the areas of sociology, communications, public administration, and management.

The program is applicable to positions such as health project manager, health administration director, health program director, and medical office manager. Students who successfully complete this certificate may apply the credits earned to an undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies (CGS).

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • manage health services research projects, grants, contracts, and finances;
  • demonstrate the skills necessary to assume an administrative or managerial role in a health care organization;
  • apply organizational theory and concepts to health care facilities; and
  • analyze how physical, social, and cultural factors may help or hinder communication about health care needs.

Who should enroll:

  • Health care workers who have been charged with, or would like to take on, management of grants and research projects
  • Public and community health workers who seek an understanding of how physical, social, and cultural factors may help or hinder communication about health care needs
  • Health care employees looking to take on leadership roles in the workplace

Admission requirements

Students must meet the requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. A certificate application must be completed and returned to the College of General Studies.

Obtaining the certificate

To receive the certificate, you must fill out an application with your advisor prior to completing your last term in the program. Check with your advisor for the application form and filing deadline, and be sure all requirements for the certificate have been met. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for the term.

Additional CGS programs offered in this field:

Curriculum: 18 credits

For the course schedule and descriptions of most undergraduate classes offered by the College of General Studies, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and College of Business Administration, visit

Required courses

All courses are three credits.

BUSERV 1915  Introduction to Management

COMMRC 1730 Special Topics: Health Communications

HRS 1017  Introduction to Epidemiology

 NUR 1829 Contemporary Issues in Cross-Cultural Healthcare

PUBSRV 0040 Public Service Technologies


Take a minimum of one course.

HRS 1009  Organizational Theory and Behavior or BUSORG 1020 Organizational Behavior or COMMRC 1102 Organizational Communication

PUBSRV 1110  Financial Management in the Public Sector

PUBSRV 1315 Managing Projects and Contracts

Credits earned at other accredited educational institutions may be eligible for transfer. However, a minimum of nine credits must be earned at the University of Pittsburgh. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in all University certificate courses. 

Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.

Growth in the health services field
The field of health services is one of the largest growth industries in the country. Nine out of 20 occupations projected to grow the fastest are concentrated in health services. Approximately 13 percent of salaried jobs created in the next 10 years will be in health services, and most of these jobs will be available to those who have not yet completed a college degree, but who have specific education and training in key health care disciplines.