When is the application deadline for this program?

For a fall entry, deadline is August 1 and for spring entry, deadline is December 1

What is the start date for this program?

The start dates are set each year and posted in the Academic Calendar found on this website

How much does this program cost?

Total cost for tuition and fees is $7,500.00

Can I pay for this program in installments?

Yes and financial aid is available.

What is the duration of this program?

The certificate program can be completed in as little as 12 – 18 months. The program offers classes in an online format that allows flexibility in scheduling of classes The student, in consultation with their advisor, determines the time from entry to graduation.

Is this program offered part-time or full-time?

The student may attend full time or part time.

What funding options do you have for this program?

The Office of Financial Aid provides assistance in securing funding for the tuition. If available to you, employee tuition reimbursements programs can assist with the tuition costs.

What type work can I do with the Population Health Management certificate?

There are many job titles and categories within Population Health including healthcare administration, community agency coordinators and managers, public health leaders, patient navigators, population health department managers, etc.

What subject areas are covered in this program?

The full curriculum is listed on this website. Courses in theory and practice of population health, community partnerships for healthy living, public health role in prevention of disease and health education, epidemiology and data analysis and community partnerships to promote better health are included in the certificate program.

Is a research project required for the certificate completion?

No, Research in Population Health is an elective course that can be taken prior to graduation from the program.

What is the difference between population health and public health?

Public health is the science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health. The US government provides organized public health programs in communities that provide disease control and promote health through care and education in health units around the country. Population health also focuses on health promotion but is not synonymous with public health. Population health management identifies the determinants of health and risk factors of individuals in like groups and then use that knowledge to care for patients within a disease group in a way that decreases those risks and improves health-related outcome.

Why would I get a certificate instead of a master’s degree?

The certificate is less costly and is specific to Population Health. The certificate program does not replace a master’s degree. However, it indicates that you are committed to working in this specific field of healthcare and you invested time and money to gain the advanced training. Employers consider the completion of a certificate program as an added credential for employment.

If I have a master’s degree already, why should I pursue a certificate in Population Health Management?

The certificate program provides education and training specific to Population Health and prepares an individual for jobs or career advancement in many areas including community health agencies, affiliated networks within healthcare, primary care clinic administration, hospital and clinic management.

Can I apply any of the certificate credits earned to a master’s degree?

Yes, after completing the certificate program and you wanted to enter the MHA program, 9 credit hours of the certificate program would be eligible for credit toward the MHA degree (within three years of completing the certificate)

If I complete this certificate program, will I be able to work in a specialized program area such as HIV or COVID-19?

Yes, in fact you could choose to do research or a special project with the specific specialty that gain the experience working in that setting and population group.