The Health Policy Certificate Program provides a framework for developing and analyzing a range of health policy issues. Our program provides broad strategies for rationally analyzing any public health policy issue.

The core health policy course presents four analytic skills commonly used by policy makers to:

  • analyze historical, political, ethical, and legal ramifications
  • assess need and demand
  • examine economic and financial considerations
  • assess existing programs and policies
  • This program is designed to help the student apply these skills in the delivery of healthcare, injury prevention and trauma care, and emergency preparedness.

The certificate program is 15 semester credits and is divided among six selected courses from the Master of Public Health program:

Three core courses in the areas of:

  • health policy
  • epidemiology
  • program implementation and evaluation
  • Three elective courses in the areas of:
  • cost-effectiveness analysis
  • health literacy and communication
  •  public health issues of aging populations

Each course will provide students with an opportunity to apply new knowledge and skills to health policy problems.

A Certificate in Health Policy from Salus University is advantageous for professionals who:

  • Desire to make an impact in key health policy issues facing their profession, the healthcare system and targeted populations;
  • Work in public health but have not had any formal education in health policy and related fields;
  • Have advanced degrees in health-care professions and wish to enhance their professional knowledge and skills in health policy; and/or
  • Wish to pursue an MPH degree in the future and want to earn credits now to apply towards that goal in the future.

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Health Policy

CHS-PHE-5000-AA | 3 credit hours
Survey theory and practice in the management and policy sciences applied to the field of public health.  Topics include global health systems and legal bases of public health; public policy institutions and decision-making processes; methods of policy analysis, and management and decision-making within public and private sector health care institutions.  Emphasis is domestic and global.

Fundamentals of Epidemiology 1

CHS-PHE-5030-AA | 3 credit hours
Introduces students to principles and concepts in epidemiology through lectures, discussion groups, assigned readings and exercises.  Students are given the opportunity to acquire an understanding of these principles and concepts, the vocabulary of epidemiology, methods of epidemiologic investigation, and the design, interpretation, and evaluation of epidemiologic research.

Program Implementation and Evaluation

CHS-PHE-5003-AA | 3 credit hours
Introduces the basic concepts of public health practice and evolves to include a series of simulated public health practice exercises that clearly demonstrate the applicability of the basic concepts.  As the students gain a thorough understanding of the types of program evaluation (needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes, impact assessment and cost analysis) essential for an effective and successful public health practice.

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care

CHS-PHE-5500-AA | 2 credit hours
The primary objective of this course is to prepare students to read and interpret cost-effectiveness studies.  Initial focus of the course is on understanding basic economic concepts that are needed in order to understand the recommendations from the United States Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine.  Distinction between opportunity costs and budgetary costs are made, as the recommendations from cost-effectiveness research reports are analyzed.  As the course progresses, the relationship between cost-effectiveness results and other elements of the health care policy decision-making process are discussed to gain a better understanding of how to conduct cost-effectiveness analyses and apply these concepts in humanitarian projects.

Health Literacy and Effective Communication Program Design

CHS-PHE-5504-AA | 2 credit hours
This course presents the concepts, strategies and processes needed to effectively modify health behavior and health outcomes through public awareness campaigns and training programs in various situational contexts.  Students will learn how to identify and assess the political, ecological, social, technological legal and economic factors that influence the strategic development and delivery of promotional campaigns and training programs.  They will develop the skills necessary to establish programmatic goals, budgets, and delivery models conducive to identified needs.  They will learn different methods of evaluation education and its impact on health.

Public Health Issue of Aging Populations

CHS-PHE-5506-AA | 2 credits (elective)
A gerontology course designed to introduce the student to the study of aging, its impact on individuals, families and society, and what factors have driven the creation of health policy related to older persons.  A wide variety of aging topics will be explored, including the prevention and management of chronic conditions; demography; biology; epidemiology of diseases; physical and mental disorders; functional capacity and disability; health services; health policies; social aspects of aging, and ethical issues in the care of older individuals as well as hospice and palliative care.