Health Policy - Certificate

Program Contacts

Program Director

Lara Cartwright-Smith

Mission

The mission of the Certificate program in Health Policy is to train public health, health services, law, medical, public policy and other students and professionals seeking careers in health policy in the substance of health policy and the skills and methods of health policy analysis. The programs in Health Policy are for students who wish to develop in-depth policy analysis skills for use in various practice settings, including both federal and state levels of government, private-sector health policy consulting, and not-for-profit advocacy.

For those seeking a solid foundation in the substance of health policy and the skills of health policy analysis but who do not wish to undertake the full MPH, the Department offers an 18-credit Graduate Certificate.  Designed to provide both basic and advanced-level skills in policy research and analysis, the Graduate Certificate also includes elective course offerings to fit the student’s desires.  If enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Health Policy Program, the student will meet often with his/her advisor to craft a personalized course of study through the Elective Course offerings. 

The Department of Health Policy & Management is the home for health policy studies and research at the Milken Institute School of Public Health. The Department focuses on virtually all facets of U.S. health policy related to both public health and health services, and emphasizes preparing students to understand and analyze health policy matters in a broad, cross-cutting, and real-world context. Among schools of public health, the Milken Institute SPH Department of Health Policy & Management is unique, having been created to take maximum advantage of its location in Washington, DC, the nation’s health policy-making epicenter. Additionally, the Certificate program in Health Policy is available to GW law students (the JD/MPH and LLM/MPH programs), lawyers seeking to develop expertise in all facets of health policy and practice, and to GW medical students (the MD/MPH and PA/MPH programs) who wish to enhance their clinical training with a thorough understanding of health policy.

Goals

Graduates of this program will be expected to have:

  • a core understanding of the wide-ranging issues that dominate the modern health policy debate at all levels of government;
  • basic skills in health policy analysis, and the ability to conduct original policy analysis and research;
  • familiarity with the policy-making processes that control the development and implementation of health policy;
  • strong data management skills including creating Stata datasets, reading various types of raw data, creating variables, and processing data;
  • the ability to synthesize complex information for policymakers; and
  • the ability to apply the skills of health policy analysis in a workplace setting.

Program Requirements

For those seeking a solid foundation in the substance of health policy and the skills of health policy analysis but who do not wish to undertake the full MPH, the Department offers an 18-credit Graduate Certificate.  Designed to provide both basic and advanced-level skills in policy research and analysis, the Graduate Certificate also includes elective course offerings to fit the student’s desires.  If enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Health Policy Program, the student will meet often with his/her advisor to craft a personalized course of study through the Elective Course offerings. Specifically, the Graduate Certificate in Health Policy requires:

  • PubH 6002, Biostatistical Applications for Public Health (3 credits) (prerequisite: none)
  • PubH 6305, Fundamentals for Health Policy (2 credits) (prerequisite: none)
  • PubH 6310, Statistical Analysis in Health Policy (2 credits) (prerequisite: PubH 6002)
  • PubH 6315, Introduction to Health Policy Analysis (2 credits) (prerequisite: PubH 6305)
  • One  Advanced Health Policy Analysis  Selective course (2 or 3 credits) 
  • Elective Courses in Health Policy (5/6 credits)

The Graduate Certificate in Health Policy is available standing alone, as a supplement to an MPH degree from a different department (Epidemiology, Global Health, Environmental & Occupational Health, etc.), or as a supplement to another degree (e.g., the J.D.).  When pursued as a supplement to an MPH degree from another department, 6 cross-over credits from the MPH degree are available to count towards the 18-credit Graduate Certificate.  In other words, for students seeking both an MPH from another department and a Graduate Certificate in Health Policy at the same time, a total of 57 credits are required to complete both programs of study. 

  • Graduate Credit Requirement.  18 graduate credits are required.
  • The Program Director/Advisor must pre-approve all course selections and course sequencing by developing a “program of study” prior to the student’s initial registration.  Graduate Certificate students meet with their advisor each semester before registration. All changes in this program of study must be pre-approved by the Program Director/Advisor.
  • Successful completion of the required on-line CITI human subject research training modules.
  • Successful completion of 8 Professional Enhancement hours.
  • Grade Point Requirement.  A 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average or better is required.
  • Time Limit Requirement. The certificate must be completed within 2 years.
  • Transfer Credit Policy.   The Program Director/Advisor may approve up to 4 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree to be transferred to the graduate certificate.  The course(s) must be relevant to the graduate certificate.  Credits must have been earned in the last 3 years with a grade point of 3.0 or better.

 

Program-at-a-Glance

Please see MPH, Health Policy program guide.

Federal Disclosure Requirements

Past Program Guides

This is the current program guide for this program. Students should follow the course requirements from the year in which they entered the program.

Past Guides:

Certificate Health Policy 2013-2014

Certficate Health Policy 2014-2015

Certfificate Health Policy 2015-2016

Certficate Health Policy 2016-2017

Guides that are not available online can be acquired from the Academic Affairs Program Coordinator in the Dean's Office.