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Graduate Certificate in Health Services Leadership

The Health Services Leader

Knowledgeable, skilled leaders are essential in the rapidly changing world of health delivery systems and public health.  Leaders in health and public health environments plan, direct, or coordinate medical and public health services in health care delivery systems, public health agencies, and similar organizations. They might manage an entire facility or specialize in managing a specific clinical area or department.

The Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Health Services Leadership is a great option for working health professionals who want to improve their management knowledge and leadership skills but who do not want to pursue a graduate degree.  The certificate is also a good fit for students who wish complement their undergraduate degree with graduate coursework before moving into the workforce.

If you choose to pursue this certificate, you will complete 15 credits.  In addition to the 9 credits of required coursework, you will choose 6 credits of electives.  Experienced faculty from a variety of disciplines will teach you to successfully address issues related to:

  • interpersonal dynamics in the workplace
  • management strategies
  • the role of the leader in accomplishing organizational goals

Disclosure:  The Graduate Certificate in Health Services Leadership is subject to the gainful employment disclosure requirements as prescribed by federal regulation 34 CFR 668.6(b) (2) (iv).  You may review the required disclosure on the Graduate College’s Web site.

Application and Admission Requirements

If you choose to apply to the Graduate Certificate in Health Services Leadership program, you must meet the following requirements prior to enrollment in certificate courses:

  • have a baccalaureate degree in a health-related field from an accredited institution
  • have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in previous college-level course work
  • meet with the director of the Master of Health Science Program to discuss the admission process, your career interests, and your reasons for seeking admission to the certificate program

To review the courses required for this certificate and to see course descriptions, please go to the Registrar’s Web site to access a PDF of the Graduate Catalog.  The catalog is bookmarked.  From the bookmarks list, choose:  College of Health Sciences.

How to Apply

Applying to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Health Services Leadership consists of several steps.

1. Make an appointment to meet with the MHS Program Director, Dr. Sarah Toevs.

If you live outside of southwestern Idaho, you may make an appointment for a phone interview in lieu of an in-person interview.  To book an appointment with Dr. Toevs, go to:

The purpose of meeting with the MHS Program Director is twofold:  She will have the opportunity to learn about you and to discuss your interest in the certificate, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the certificate.  This interview not only will help the MHS Program Director determine if you are a good fit for the certificate program but also will help you determine if the certificate program is a good fit for you.

You will enter the date of your interview when you fill out your Graduate College application.

2. Complete the Graduate Admission Application form.

All applicants for graduate programs must apply to the Graduate College of Boise State University. Applicants the Graduate College does not accept are eliminated from consideration for the certificate. You will complete your Graduate Admission Application online at

When you fill out the application form, you will enter the term for which you are applying.  Applications are reviewed as they are completed so that those applicants accepted may begin their certificate courses when the next academic session starts.

When filling out the form, make sure you list all schools of higher education you have attended.

Transcripts.  When you apply, you must submit official transcripts from each post-high school institution you have attended.  Each institution must send your transcript directly to Graduate Admissions.  You do not need to submit a transcript for coursework completed at  Boise State; the Graduate College already has access to it.

Application Fee. You must submit a non-refundable application fee when you apply to the Graduate College. Consult the Graduate College Web site for the most recent fee information:

Applying for both a certificate and a degree.  If you wish to apply to pursue both the certificate and the Master of Health Science degree, you must submit separate applications.  You will not be charged a second application fee.  To submit multiple applications via the online application system, you will need to create a new account for each application.

3. Upload required documentation.

After you submit your Graduate Admission Application form, a link for “Health Sciences” will appear in the left-hand menu on your screen.

You will upload the following documents:

  • A current copy of your resume.
  • A formal statement of at least 250 words explaining your educational and career background and future objectives as well as how these objectives relate to the Certificate in Health Services Leadership.

4. Complete the MHS Program one-hour writing assessment.

Writing is an important predictor of student success. The required MHS program writing assessment allows us to evaluate an individual’s ability to develop and communicate an argument or position statement. To book your one-hour writing assessment, go to:

You do not have to complete the one-hour writing assessment if:

  • you have completed a post-graduate (master or doctoral) degree.
  • you are a US resident who has taken the GRE within the last three years and you received a score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing portion of the GRE.
  • you are an International applicant who has taken the TOEFL or IELTS and who meets standards established by International Student Admissions.  For language requirements, consult:


If you have questions that have not been answered here or if you need clarification on any point, please contact