Population Health is defined as an art and a science that focuses on the health outcomes of a specific group of people and it is an approach that identifies social determinants of health, establishes desired health outcomes and implements policies and programs that improve the health of the entire human population.
Population Health Management is a growing segment within the healthcare delivery system and an important component of healthcare reform. With a recognized need for prevention and health promotion, Population Health Management is emerging as a model for reducing costs in healthcare and influencing healthier lifestyles.
The certificate program for Population Health offers a curriculum that addresses the knowledge and skills that healthcare professionals need to lead culture change and system re-design for advancing Population Health.
Students who earn a certificate in population health can pursue careers as leaders in population health management in a variety of healthcare settings.
Thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in health administration? Pairing the Population Health Certificate and FranU Master of Health Administration degree can help you expand your skill set and gain a competitive edge in the job market.
To be considered for admission to the Population Health Certificate program, an applicant must satisfy the following University admission requirements as well as the requirements listed below.
Baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
Overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
Below is an outline of the Population Health Certificate application and acceptance process. Some steps may be applicable to you; some may not. Applications will be reviewed when all required documentation is received in the Admissions Office. Partially completed applications will not be processed.
Complete the Population Health Certificate application.
Pay the $50.00 non-refundable application fee payable to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.
Provide official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted beyond high school. Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is unacceptable. Send transcripts to the Office of Admissions at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, 5414 Brittany Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
The MHA Review Committee assesses all applications and notifies the Office of Admissions of the candidates’ acceptance status for the certificate program. The decision of admission will be mailed out by the Office of Admissions.
The Program Director will welcome accepted students via email and provide a schedule for the online orientation prior to the start of classes, including instructions on selecting courses for the first semester.
You may review the course list to find descriptions of Population Health Certificate courses. If at any time you need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the MHA Program Director, Elaine Purdy, DHA.
Upon completion of the Population Health Certificate program, graduates will be able to:
Describe the major trends and explanations in morbidity and mortality rates of population growth, age composition, birth rates, death rates and causes of death historically and currently.
Explain the effects of disease, fitness, diet and lifestyle on individual and community health within specific population groups and groups who are living with a chronic disease.
Describe ways that demographic trends, population distribution and globalization affect the health of individuals.
Evaluate relevant population health issues in the community and in the workplace and develop evidence-based programs to enhance population health specific to access, quality and cost effectiveness.
Critically evaluate current population health programs and their ability to promote healthy lifestyles and improve the health of the population locally and nationally.
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Students in FranU’s Population Health Certificate program will learn:
Population health and epidemiological concepts and methods in a variety of healthcare settings.
The nature and function of health in society and their interactions in the processes of health and illness.
An overview of the United States healthcare system (educational and research institutions, public and private programs, managed care organizations and integrated networks).
How to implement, facilitate and coordinate continuous quality improvement initiatives in various healthcare environments.
The disparities and inequalities in healthcare and how these affect health outcomes.
Population health managers play an important role in the healthcare system. Much of what a population health manager does involves analysis, critical thinking, problem-solving and utilizing leadership skills to implement processes and policies that better serve patient populations and the health system as a whole.
Using data to inform decision-making, a population health manager may look for trends or patterns in their place of work to determine opportunities for improvement, processes that need troubleshooting or solutions that address disparities. On the other hand, a manager may find anomalies in data that speak to errors within the system, missed opportunities or future issues that their team can actively work to resolve and prevent.
The mission of the Certificate in Population Health program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to improve the health of individuals and communities by forming inspired early and mid-careerists into compassionate, competent and spiritual servant managers and leaders for health service organizations.
This mission statement is shared with the Master of Health Administration program as both programs have an important role together in developing servant leaders and advancing population health.
To be considered for admission to the certificate program an applicant must satisfy the following University admission requirements as well as the requirements listed below.
Additional Admission Requirements:
Below is an outline of the certificate application and acceptance process. Some steps may be applicable to you; some may not. Applications will be reviewed when all required documentation is received in the Admissions Office. Partially completed applications will not be processed.
Review Website for all MHA and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University information (background, application, curriculum and requirements):
The MHA Review Committee assesses all applications and notifies the Office of Admissions of the candidates’ acceptance status for the certificate program.
The decision of admission will be mailed out by the Office of Admissions.
The Program Director will welcome accepted students via email and provide a schedule for the on line orientation prior to the start of classes including instructions on selecting courses for the first semester.
Population Health Management course descriptions are on the University’s website. If at any time you need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the MHA Program Director, Elaine Purdy, DHA.
Upon completion of the Population Health Certificate program, graduates will be able to:
Learn about the functional components of a healthcare delivery system, disparities and inequalities that affect health outcomes and the best practice methods of performance improvement in the Population Health Certificate program at FranU.
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate degrees. Questions about accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500 or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
|MHCA 5355 - Population Health & Managerial Epidemiology
|MHCA 5325 - Health Systems and Trends
|MHCA 5375 - Quality and Performance Improvement
|POPH 5280 - Social Determinants, Disparities and Inequality in Healthcare
|Curriculum Credit Hours
* Approved Electives:
POPH 5281: Population Health, Strategy and Management
POPH 5282: Analytics and Research in Population Health
POPH 5283:Team Building in Population Health: Community Programs, Service Agencies and Affiliated Networks
POPH 6330: Practicum in Health Administration