Managing Health Services Programs and Projects Certificate

If you’re a healthcare professional looking to boost your administrative and managerial skills, a certificate in managing health services programs and projects may be right for you. Increase your marketability and career options by gaining a foundation in healthcare project management, a skill that can lead to supervisory positions at hospitals, clinics, nonprofit and government agencies, and other medical facilities.

Growth in the health services field

The field of health services is one of the largest growth industries in the country -- 9 out of 20 occupations projected to grow fastest are concentrated in health services. Approximately 13% 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.

This 18 credit interdisciplinary certificate in Managing Health Services Programs and Projects brings together relevant courses from business, public administration, sociology, and communications.

CGS Difference

A leading research institution, Pitt is home to many health-related centers and institutions—and a world-renowned health care facility, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

The credits you earn in this certificate program can be a stand-alone professional development opportunity, or they may provide a pathway to an undergraduate degree at the College of General Studies, such as our bachelor of arts in health services.

Program Expectations

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Manage health services research projects, grants, contracts, and finances
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to serve in an administrative or managerial role in a healthcare organization
  • Apply organizational theory and concepts to healthcare facilities
  • Analyze how physical, social, and cultural factors may help or hinder health care communication

Credit Requirements

  • The Managing Health Services Programs and Projects certificate requires 18 credits, including five (5) required courses and at least one (1) elective.
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for all courses required for the program.
  • Credits earned at other accredited educational institutions may be eligible for transfer. However, a minimum of nince (9) credits must be earned at the University of Pittsburgh.

Required courses: (15 credits)

Catalog Number Title  Credits
BUSERV 1915 Introduction to Management 3
COMMRC 1730 Special Topics: Health Communications 3
HRS 1017 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
NUR 1829 Contemporary Issues in Cross-Cultural Healthcare 3
PUBSRV 0040 Public Service Technologies 3

Electives: (3 Credits)

Catalog Number Title Credits
ENGCMP 1400 Grant Writing 3
HRS 1009 or BUSORG 1020 or COMMRC 1102 or PSY 1635 Organizational Theory and Behavior or Organizational Behavior or Organizational Communication or Organizational Psychology 3
PUBSRV 1110 Financial Management in the Public Sector 3
PUBSRV 1315 Managing Projects and Contracts 3

Tip: Download our handy planning checklist to track your progress towards your CGS program requirements.

Important: As you plan your certificate coursework, please make sure to review the CGS Course Overlap policy for information on how many courses can be double-counted if a student elects to pursue a CGS certificate in combination with other CGS and non-CGS majors, minors, and certificates. If you have questions, please contact your CGS advisor or CGS Advising at

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