Thrive at the intersection of business and healthcare

Healthcare is constantly evolving. Legislation changes, and then changes again. Value-based care is elbowing out fee-for-service models while accountable care organizations and consumer-directed health plans are reshaping the competitive landscape and patient experience.

To lead a healthcare organization, you need expertise beyond the clinical side. Earn the Iowa MBA + Healthcare Management Certificate to learn the skills and develop business expertise that helps healthcare organizations thrive.

Learn from the leaders

The certificate program combines the strengths of America's #35 part-time MBA program with the country's #8 healthcare administration program from the University of Iowa College of Public Health (U.S. News & World Report, 2021). This broad body of knowledge sets you up to lead healthcare into the future.

Flexible by design

Set your own pace in a program that fits your busy life. Attend MBA classes online or in-person in Cedar Rapids or Des Moines. Finish your MBA+Healthcare Management Certificate in as few as two years, or take more time if you need it.

Best of both worlds

The Healthcare Management Certificate delivers expertise that's specific to healthcare bundled with the invaluable business coursework of an Iowa MBA. Shore up MBA core courses like Business Integration with industry-specific curriculum like Leadership in Healthcare Organizations, and you'll be ready speak to both strategy and implementation.

Take the next step

To add the Healthcare Management Certificate to your Iowa MBA, you'll need to apply to both the Tippie College of Business and the College of Public Health. We're here to walk you through the process and provide all the information you need to make it happen.

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At a glance


  • Iowa MBA courses
    • Online
    • In-person: Cedar Rapids, Des Moines
  • Healthcare Management Certificate courses: Iowa City, Des Moines


  • 15 courses total for MBA+Certificate
    • 11 courses (33 s.h.) for the MBA
    • 4 courses (12 s.h.) for the Healthcare Management Certificate


  • Iowa MBA: online, in-person, and hybrid formats. Most meet one night per week. Learn more.
  • Healthcare Certificate: in-person only. One night a week (a Tuesday or Wednesday) for five weeks. Classes are typically 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. but may begin as early as 3:30 p.m. Learn more.

Time to complete
Set your own pace. The average to complete the Iowa MBA is three years, but take up to ten if you need it.


You'll apply to both Tippie and the College of Public Health separately. You'll need to meet the admission requirements for each program.

Healthcare Certificate courses 

In addition to eleven MBA courses (see below), you'll complete these four Healthcare Management Certificate courses in the order listed.

  • Healthcare Management (HMP:5200)
  • Health Policy (HMP:5610)
  • Leadership of Healthcare Organizations (HMP:6355)
  • Healthcare Financial Management (HMP:6410—you'll need to complete Corporate Financial Reporting [MBA:8140] first)

MBA core: 9 courses

From finance to marketing and accounting to supply chain, the MBA core is at the foundation of a strong business education. Explore the MBA core.

MBA electives: 2

Our long list of Iowa MBA elective options means you can choose courses that align with your career. Popular electives include Leadership & Personal Development and Maximizing Team Performance.