Health Systems Management

Certificate in Health Systems Management

Application, admission, and degree-granting requirements and regulations shall be applied equitably to all individuals, applicants and students regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.

Admission criteria

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • Undergraduate classes in microeconomics (ECON E201, statistics (PBHL B300), and accounting (PBHL H200) required. If these courses have not been completed admission may still be granted as an "Admission with Deficiency" in which the student will have one year to take the required courses.
  • Competent written and oral communication skills.
  • Students meeting these requirements are not guaranteed admission. Other admission factors include references, the personal statement, and personal interview (if applicable).


Application deadlines

Fall semester deadlines

U.S. applicants: May 31
International applicants: February 15

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Management may apply directly through the SOPHAS Express application. SOPHAS Express is meant to facilitate the collection of common application materials and general information.

Upon offer of admission, applicants will need to complete the IU Graduate CAS, a secondary application, by using the coupon code and link provided with the admission offer.  The IU Graduate CAS application resembles the SOPHAS application.  To apply, unofficial transcripts earned at bachelor's, master's, or doctorate-granting institutions must be uploaded.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE scores are not required for admission. To strengthen the application, GRE scores are strongly recommended if the cumulative GPA from all undergraduate institutions attended is below 3.0. Official GRE test scores taken within the past 5 years are acceptable. Applicants must submit GRE scores to SOPHAS Express.
The admission committee does not list expected minimum scores.

Personal statement

The personal statement should be up to 500 words in length and can be uploaded to the online application. In your own words, describe experiences that have shaped your interest in health administration. Indicate why you are interested in the Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Management or Health Policy.

Please also indicate why you feel our program would be an appropriate fit for your professional goals; both immediate and long term. In your personal statement, it is imperative that you cite your sources if you include any statements or quotes that are not your original thought. All personal statements will be submitted by the FSPH to to ensure originality and proper citation.


Applicants must submit a résumé. For each position on the résumé, provide the job title, employing agency, dates employed, and responsibilities held. Indicate any additional strengths or skills such as fluency in foreign languages, research experience, teaching experience, community service, and demonstration of leadership skills. Include professional certifications, honors, and awards.

Your résumé should be mailed to the following address:

IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
Student Success and Admissions
Health Sciences Building RG 6016
1050 Wishard Blvd., Floor 6
Indianapolis IN 46202-2872


Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Your undergraduate cumulative GPA will be calculated based on all undergraduate transcripts. If you attended any Indiana University campus, you do not need to send transcripts for your IU credits.

Transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
Student Success and Admissions
Health Sciences Building RG 6016
1050 Wishard Blvd., Floor 6
Indianapolis IN 46202-2872


The Graduate Certificate in Health Policy Programs expect that at least three letters of recommendation will be submitted from professional sources that can provide an unbiased critical assessment of your abilities, skills, strengths, and weaknesses.

Examples of professional and academic sources are academic advisors, professors, preceptors, or immediate supervisors. Examples of sources that are not acceptable include coworkers, colleagues, classmates, and relatives.

Please note that all recommenders are required to provide an email address for online submission. If electronic submission is not possible, download a PDF version of the recommendation form.


At the discretion of the admissions committee, some applicants are invited for an interview.

International students

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Applicants who are not native English speakers or who received their bachelor’s degree outside the U.S. must submit official TOEFL scores or proof of English proficiency.

Scores can be sent to IUPUI School code 1325 or mailed to:

IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
Health Sciences Building (RG)
1050 Wishard Blvd., Floor 6
Indianapolis IN 46202-2872

Applicants are required to submit official TOEFL scores from exams taken within the past two years. The following TOEFL score is expected of applicants to the MPH program:

  • Internet based TOEFL: minimum score of 106
  • Computer based TOEFL: minimum score of 263
  • Paper based TOEFL: minimum score of 620
  • IELTS: minimum score of 7

For more information on IUPUI TOEFL requirements, review The Office of International Affairs section on English proficiency for graduate students. For more information about the TOEFL exam:


IUPUI English Placement Test

International students who reside in the U.S. at the time of application must submit either TOEFL, ILETS or IUPUI EAP (English for Academic Purposes) exam scores.

International applicants who do not reside in the U.S. at the time of application must submit their TOEFL or ILETS scores with their application and, if admitted to the certificate program, must also complete the EAP exam upon arrival to Indianapolis.

The USMLE and ECFMG do not fulfill the required proof of English proficiency when applying to the Certificate in Public Health program. Applicants who have passed the USMLE or ECFMG must also submit TOEFL, ILETS or EAP scores.

See more info on the EAP test

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We'll notify you by email once your application has been received. If you have questions about the application process, contact our office of student success at (317) 274-2000.

SOPHAS Express application