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This certificate prepares students to apply the principles of public health leadership, stewardship and policy implementation to manage state and local health departments and various non-profit organizational and community health program initiatives. Courses explain leadership strategy, public health regulatory requirements, public program management tools and policy development skills necessary to function in public health systems in the United States. The certificate is ideal for clinicians and health care professionals who seek value-added career enhancement in public health programs and entities.

This graduate certificate may be pursued only on a part-time basis.


Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and knowledge of the health care system. Applicants are preferred who are a current student in a graduate degree program, have an earned master's degree, or have at least one year of experience in a health-related role or entity. No prior experience in public health administration or policy is needed. Applicants must meet the admission standards and application requirements specified in Graduate Admissions and must apply using the online Application for Graduate Admission. The application process is competitive, and applications are considered for the fall and spring semesters. For application deadlines and detailed application requirements, refer to the CHHS Admissions website.


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: HH-CERG-PHLM

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students must complete all courses with a minimum GPA of 3.00. 

Required Courses

GCH 712Introduction to Epidemiology3
HAP 680Applied Public Health Leadership and Management3
HAP 715Health Economics3
HAP 742Health Policy Development and Analysis3
PUAD 661Public Budgeting Systems3
Total Credits15


Select one from the following or another course approved by advisor:3
Ethics in Public Health
Comparative International Health Systems
Grants Funding and Development
Policy Development and Analysis for Community Health Programs
Strategic Management and Marketing in Health Care
Management of Health Information Systems
Legal Issues in Health Administration
Cost-Effectiveness for Health Care Management and Policy Decisions
Health Policy and Government Payment Systems for Health Care Services
Global Threats and Medical Policies
Total Credits3