Graduate Certificate in Health Policy

Program Director L. Cartwright-Smith

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 master of public health degree program, the Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) Department of Health Policy and Management offers an 18-credit graduate certificate. Designed to provide both basic and advanced-level skills in policy research and analysis, the program curriculum includes elective course offerings; in consultation with their advisor, students use these options to craft a personalized course of study to fit their particular needs and interests. 

The graduate certificate in health policy may be taken on its own; as a supplement to a master of public health degree from a different Milken Institute SPH department or as a supplement to a graduate degree from another school. When pursued as a supplement to the master's degree from a different Milken Institute SPH department, 6 credits from the M.P.H. degree may be counted toward the 18 credits required for the certificate, allowing students to complete both the degree and certificate program simultaneously by taking 57 credits.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the program webpage for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 18 credits, including 12 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses.

Required
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applic for PubH
PUBH 6305Fundamentals for Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care
PUBH 6310Statistical Analysis in Health Policy
PUBH 6315Introduction to Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6320Advanced Health Policy Analysis
Electives
Six credits of elective courses in health policy

Graduation Requirements

  • 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 average of 3.0 or better.