Advanced Management Training Certificate

The American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) and the University of Minnesota’s MHA and Executive Studies Programs have joined together to provide clinicians an opportunity to earn a U of M Regent’s Certificate in advanced management training.

This one-year course of study prepares clinicians how to be successful leaders within health care organizations. The program includes a concentrated curriculum focused on strategic decision-making and advanced leadership within complex health systems.

Coursework is designed for clinicians with leadership experience who hold positions of organizational accountability.

The Certificate in Advanced Management Training for Clinician Leaders is designed for clinicians in integrated health systems with interests in deepening their managerial skills and competencies. Specific features of this design include:

  • The curriculum focuses on the management of complex, integrated health systems, including the expanded role of physicians as providers, managers, and leaders in those systems.
  • Program faculty are actively involved in applied research with health systems, with a focus on integrated health system performance.
  • The on-campus sessions invite alumni and other expert speakers to participate with students in symposia and other learning events.
  • Students complete the certificate in 12 months.
  • The program is designed to minimize interference with work and family: most of the coursework is online and asynchronous; students spend only seven days on campus over 12 months.
  • The program builds on the practical application of learning to the participant’s organization.
  • The program is based on a learning cohort model in which all students start the certificate together and progress through the same curriculum, providing myriad opportunities for students to learn and work together.

The School of Public Health Master of Health care Administration (MHA) program is in a unique position to offer this certificate. Our program holds a position of prominence among U.S. health care administration programs and is currently ranked as the No. 2 program by U.S. News and World Report.

Our alumni lead institutions throughout the country and remain connected to and engaged in the program’s progress. The program is supported by faculty with standing in the research community and with strong reputations in the community of practice.

Agenda & Courses
Between on-campus sessions, students complete seven-week online courses during each semester:

  • Spring: Four days on campus, two courses
  • Summer: Two courses
  • Fall: Two Courses
  • Spring: Three days on campus,  one course

Spring Semester
March: Four days on campus. Organizational Integration in Health Care Delivery (1 credit). On campus visit also includes: welcome dinner, panels, and speakers and introduction to remaining five courses.

Spring Semester (second half)
Online. Health Care Strategies in Competitive Markets (2 credits)

Summer Semester
Online. Forensic Finance as Applied to Integrated Health Systems (2 credits)

Fall Semester
Online. Leading Your Health System Through Changing Payment Methods and Models (2 credits)

Fall Semester (second half)
Online. The Science of Decision Making (2 credits)

Spring Semester
Online. Strategic Capital Planning, Capital Formation and Strategic Capital Allocation and Investment.

Spring Semester
March:  Three days on campus.  Practicum.  (The practicums leads students to identify and select an important organizational challenge or opportunity to be “worked up” within the framework of the MHA problem-solving process.  As the students progress through the certificate curriculum, they apply their learning from the first six courses to their final project report and presentation.)


Students in the certificate program are expected to master skills in leadership in integrated systems, organizational design, managing the embedded medical practice, strategy and financial analysis in health care organizations.

For clinical professionals and others working in the integrated systems, these skills are critical to the development of their careers and to their mobility within their organization and the field. Specific benefits expected to accrue to those who complete the course include the following:

  • Enhanced ability to lead in integrated systems
  • Expanded ability to make decisions about the most efficient use of resources
  • Abilities in designing integrated systems
  • Better grasp of strategy, finance and other systemwide perspectives in integrated systems, and accompanying ability to better participate in strategic decision-making in the organization
  • Deeper understanding of issues in quality and safety in integrated systems
  • Larger conceptual framework on which to base learning and other developmental activities in the future

Admission to the certificate program is decided by MHA faculty, with the counsel of an admissions committee. Other than the admission requirements, there are no prerequisites.

Admission Requirements

  • Advanced degree in a recognized clinical profession, such as MD, DO, PharmD, DDS, or an advanced nursing degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Official transcripts – U.S. Institutions: provide a separate official transcript from every U.S. college/university attended in which you earned a degree. Transcripts are considered official only if they arrive in our office in a sealed envelope from the college or university.
  • Official Academic Credentials – International Institutions (if applicable): Applicants who have attended international institutions should provide an official course-by-course credential evaluation by World Education Services (WES). Have WES send the evaluation directly to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
  • Current employment and at least two years experience in a health care organization that has developed or is considering integrated system relationships.
  • International applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis with special attention paid to the nature and structure of their employing organization.
  • Letter of intent describing career interests and the relevance of the certificate to the applicant’s personal development.
  • One letter of recommendation from a person qualified to assess your academic work; clinical, public health, or professional experience; or leadership potential in integrated health systems.
  • Resume or CV

In addition, applicants whose native language is not English or whose education was completed exclusively at an institution(s) whose language of instruction is not in English must prove English proficiency.

Note: All students in the certificate program will be expected to bring a laptop computer to the on-campus sessions.

Tuition and fees for the program total $20,500. This covers all books and materials. Students are responsible for costs of transportation, lodging, and some meals for on-campus sessions.

The U.S. health care delivery marketplace is consolidating. Integrated health systems are forming in rural and urban markets at an accelerating rate. “Integrated Health System” refers to a clinical care, business and delivery model where most, if not all, physicians required to meet a health system’s mission and clinical care goals are integrated with hospitals in a unified business structure.

As health systems reach a critical mass of integrated physicians, operating economics are changed such that traditional hospital and medical group performance benchmarks, reference points and decision-making models become less useful to leaders. Likewise, historical approaches to strategic and business planning and related predictive modeling are less applicable given the nature of the relevant performance metrics of integrated health systems.

Most health care provider organizations face a crisis in the availability of qualified management talent. In the next decade, a significant proportion of current managers in these organizations are expected to retire. This situation is exacerbated in integrated health systems where clinical professionals will be moved into top management positions.

This certificate addresses the need for advanced management education for clinical and administrative professionals in integrated health systems.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Contact Info

Stephanie Hagel

Administrative Director
Thomas Gilliam