College of Health Sciences

Public Health Programs

Health Policy Certificate Program

Overview

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 14 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
    • study design and grant writing

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.

(06.10.2010)