University of Texas at Austin

Business of Healthcare Certificate Program

Business of Healthcare Certificate Program

Business of Healthcare Certificate Program

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Business of Healthcare

You want to make a difference and health care needs you

We want to help, too. The best way we can do that is to develop future world changers. That's where you come in.

The Business of Healthcare Certificate Program will help prepare you for a career in health care, whether you're planning on being a health professional, you want to design the Next Big App or health device, or you want to start a career in consulting. You will have access to courses usually reserved for MBA in health care programs and get experience working on real-life, real-world problems facing our local health care providers like Dell Children's Medical Center, Seton Healthcare Family, local charity clinics, and more.

The certificate is open to current undergraduate students of all majors at The University of Texas at Austin. Have questions? Check out our FAQ section.

Next application period: February 1 - March 1, 2018. 

What are the requirements for admission/acceptance into the program? 
You will need to:

  • Be a current undergraduate student
  • Have a 3.3 GPA or higher
  • Submit an essay (up to 500 words) on your career goals in health care and how you think the certificate will help you achieve them (part of the application form)
  • Previous work, internships/volunteering at a healthcare-related company or clinic is preferred.
    • Membership and participation in a healthcare-based student organization at UT Austin counts. (part of the application form)

Program Benefits

  • In-depth healthcare curriculum with a business focus, including operations management not typically taught in healthcare administration masters tracks.
  • A healthcare specialization on your transcript.
  • Access to leaders in the healthcare field, in the form of lunch+learns, future treks, and other events.
  • Free attendance to the state's largest interdisciplinary conference on healthcare delivery, the Innovation in Healthcare Delivery Systems symposium, each April.
  • All Business of Healthcare Certificate Program graduates will be granted McCombs Alumni status.
  • Undergraduate case competition opportunities. 

Program Details and FAQs

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The Business of Healthcare Certificate is an 18-hour certificate program - and it can appear on your transcript. Here's how the program is structured and some frequently asked questions.

Still have a question? Email us at

Course Details >

Course Details

The Business of Healthcare Certificate is 18 credit hours of interdisciplinary courses. To see all of the course requirements,  click the Course Map button below. You can also see a full list of prerequisites in our FAQ section.

Course Map   

Course Descriptions

Frequently Asked Questions

You may find the answer to your question here! If you still have questions about the program, email

What are the requirements for admission/acceptance into the program?
You will need to:

  • Have a 3.3 GPA or higher; 
    • Freshmen must have a GPA to apply.
  • Submit an essay (up to 500 words) focusing on your healthcare career plans and how the certificate will help you achieve that (part of the application); 
  • Previous work, internships, or volunteering at a healthcare-related company or clinic preferred.
    • Membership in a healthcare-related student org counts toward this preference. For a list of student orgs, see the Student Life page for the Business of Healthcare Certificate.

Do I have to apply to the program?
Yes. There is a new process for applying to a certificate program and officially pursuing it. But we take care of one of the steps for you!

  1. In order to have time to complete all of the requirements, you should have at least 2 semesters remaining before you graduate, unless you need to take 3 or fewer classes to complete the certificate, to apply to the program. Otherwise, you won't have enough time to complete all of the courses.
  2. Complete our registration form at This will include an essay. The link will appear during the registration period, September 1st - October 1st or February 1st - March 1st.
  3. If you are accepted into the program, we will enter your application into UT's new Certificate system.
  4. You will receive an automated email (system-generated from the Registrar's Office) once that is entered that will direct you to your major/home college advisor to add it to your degree profile. Please do so within two weeks of receiving that email.

If you already applied for the program in UT's system, you will need to go through our application process in order to be considered.

The admissions review process should complete prior to the first registration period in October (for Spring Term) and March (for fall term). We will notify you of your acceptance into the program. If you are not accepted, you will be able to reapply the following application period. We will consider your previous application as part of your points toward admissions. Remember: you need to have at least 2 semesters remaining before you graduate, unless you need to take 3 or fewer classes to complete the certificate, to apply to the program. Otherwise, you won't have enough time to complete all of the courses. You have to successfully complete all courses in the program within 12-months of your graduation date to have it listed on your transcript.

What is the deadline to apply?
Our fall application period is September 1st - October 1st. Our spring application period is February 1st - March 1st. 

Can BSA students apply for the Business of Healthcare Certificate if they are on a catalog previous to 16/18?
Yes. However, you will not be able to use the Business of Healthcare Certificate to satisfy the BSA minor or certificate requirement if you are on a catalog previous to 16/18. If you are on an earlier catalog and you have time to complete the certificate in addition to your other requirements, we certainly welcome you to participate. BSA students on the 16/18 catalog can use the Business of Healthcare Certificate to satisfy their College of Natural Sciences requirement for the BSA.

What are the prerequisites for the courses?
Always refer to the course catalog for the most up to date prerequisites. Here is a list of known prerequisites as of Spring 2017:

 Course  Prerequisite
 ACC 311  24 semester hours of college credit
 ACC 311H  24 semester hours of college credit, MIS 301 or its equivalent, and credit or registration for Business Administration 324 or 324H
 OM 334M Upper-division standing
Credit or registration for one of the following: ECO 329; EDP 371, M 316, 358K; STA 309, 309H; SDS 302, 304, 306, 328M
 LEB 334M Upper-division standing
 MAN 3334M Upper-division standing
 ECO 330T.1 ECO 304K with a grade of at least C-.
HED 373 Upper-division standing
Closed course. Limited seats. Must be a graduating senior in Business of Healthcare Certificate Program to request. Email with your EID for access.

Prerequisites are subject to change. Please refer to your home/major advisor for prerequisite questions or concerns.

Can I receive credit for courses taken outside of UT Austin?
No. Students must complete the program's required 18 hours from six unique courses at UT Austin from the list of program courses outlined in the course catalog dated 12/14 or later.

Are there any substitutions for courses that are full?
We highly recommend that you contact us regarding any substitutions. If you run into this issue, please email us at

Can I take courses pass or fail?
No. You must take all courses for a letter grade in order to get credit for completing the certificate.

How long does it take to complete the program?
The program requires 6 unique courses totaling 18 semester hours in addition to any prerequisites. The course requirements can be completed at your own pace. Several of our upper division courses are only offered in spring or fall semesters. Few of the courses are currently offered in the summer.

As long as all certificate requirements are completed in conjunction with their degree requirements or within one year after earning their degree, transcript recognition will be granted. The University permits continuos registration for undergraduate classes even after a degree has been earned. However, if you have not been enrolled for one full semester or longer, returning to take courses required applying to UT for readmission. Should you want to finish your certificate through University Extension at, you may take Business of Healthcare classes through that program to complete your certificate.

What if I'm graduating and haven't completed all of the requirements?
You have up to 12 months following your graduation to complete all course requirements for transcript credit. If you have at least 9 hours completed, you can safely list it on your resume as a specialty, but you would not receive transcript credit.

How do I request certification?
UT has a new program that automates this part of the process and makes it a part of the degree audit process. However, please email to let us know you are graduating so we can prepare your certificate and ensure we have graduation cords on hand. 

Will I receive a paper certificate in addition to my diploma?
No. We will email you a PDF that you can print out at your convenience. Transcript recognition officially certifies this accomplishment. In order to receive official certification, you must apply for the certificate when you apply for graduation, or when you complete the certificate program requirements, whichever is later. Transcript recognition is awarded at the end of that semester or summer session.  

Starting with Spring Commencement 2017, we will have graduation cords that you can wear! You will pick those up at our main office. Email to set a time for pickup for Commencement.

Info Sessions & Lunch + Learns

Info Sessions

Need special assistance or an in-person visit? By-appointment office hours are:

  • M/W 10:00am - 11:00am
  • T/TH 9:30am - 10:30am

To schedule an appointment with Roanna Flowers, Program Developer for Healthcare@McCombs, email and specify the date/time.