Become a Leader
UVM’s online Certificate of Graduate Study in Healthcare Management & Policy introduces students to a range of policy, finance and management issues impacting healthcare and public health in today’s changing and challenging environment.
This 18-credit, online graduate program provides a solid foundation in health policy and management while allowing for some content and scheduling flexibility to help prepare students in their areas of specific career interest. The expert faculty have experience in navigating today’s health landscape with expertise in law, medicine, public health, economics, health insurance, leadership and management.
This one-year online program is a collaboration of the UVM Larner College of Medicine. Graduate students and professionals can take this as a stand-alone program or as part of a master’s, MD, or PhD program.
This Graduate Certificate Program teaches you to:
- Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the U.S.
- Understand the legal and ethical basis for public health and healthcare services
- Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation
- Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations
- Use systems thinking and apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organization issues
- Prepare for further graduate study or research in healthcare, public health, and related fields
Who Should Apply?
Our graduate-level program is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree.
It is designed for:
- Medical and graduate students in health, nursing and medical science
- Healthcare practitioners trained in medicine, nursing or other healthcare professions
- Public health practitioners and researchers
- Non-clinical professionals working in public health, healthcare, and non-profit agencies
To be considered for admission, you will need:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- One semester of college biology or other science course
- One semester of college algebra, statistics, or a more advanced math course
- Resume or CV
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of Purpose
- TOEFL/IELTS scores, required for international applicants, and in some cases, applicants whose native or first language is not English
- GRE is not required
All applications must be completed online through The University of Vermont Graduate College.
Three Ways to Apply
- APPLICANTS TO CERTIFICATE OF GRADUATE STUDY PROGRAMS ONLY:
Applicants seeking to enroll only in a Certificate of Graduate Study Program (and not to a graduate degree program) should follow regular online procedures for applying to the UVM Graduate College, described in the Graduate College Application Instructions.
- DUAL GRADUATE DEGREE / CERTIFICATE PROGRAM APPLICANTS:
Applicants who are applying at the same time for both a regular graduate degree program and also for a Certificate of Graduate Study at UVM should follow regular procedures for applying to the UVM Graduate College; see the Graduate College Application Instructions.
- CURRENT UVM DEGREE PROGRAM STUDENTS:
Students who are currently admitted and enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs at UVM who wish to apply for a Certificate of Graduate Study should complete the single-page Certificate of Graduate Study Short Form Application. In addition to the Short Form, you must also submit a brief statement explaining why you are interested in the Certificate program(s).
Students can transfer up to 3 credits of relevant UVM graduate coursework taken prior to matriculation into the Certificate of Graduate Study in Healthcare Management and Policy, provided the grade received is a B or higher. The program director will determine whether the course is relevant. The grade will not transfer.
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Healthcare Management and Policy is an 18-credit, online program that requires four core courses and two electives. This assures a solid foundation while allowing students some flexibility to pursue their own areas of interest.
Four required courses:
- PH317 Management in Health Services and Medical Care or PH305 Policy, Organization and Finance in Healthcare
- PH321 Controversies in Health Economics
- PH324 Public Health Informatics
- PH326 Legal Issues in Healthcare
Students choose two courses from topical electives, including:
- PH301 Public Health and Health Policy
- PH302 Epidemiology 1
- PH306 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
- PH310 Public Health Law and Ethics
- PH311 Global Public Health
- PH318 Improving the Health of Patients and Populations
- PH395 Epidemiology for Practice
Courses are taught by faculty experts from UVM’s College of Medicine, the Vermont Department of Health, and experts trained at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Courses offered during Fall, Spring and Summer terms to ensure that you can fit the program into your work or academic schedule.
Click here for a table showing all program requirements along with the routine schedule of course offerings and pre-requisites to earn the certificate.
Example Curriculum Sequence Maps:
- One Year Program: Students will be required to take 6 credits (2 courses) per semester for three semesters. Please note, starting in the Spring 2017 semester will require four semesters. Future spring starts can complete in one year. Contact our student advisor, at 802-656-2085 for any questions.
- TwoYear Program: Students will be need to take 3 credits (1 course) per semester for six semesters
PH305 Policy Org & Financing of Health Care (Summer) (Satisfies the same core requirement as PH317. Only one course will count towards the certificate)
Provides an overview of health care policies, organizational structures, and financing systems examined from economic, social, ethical, political, and global perspectives. Financing of health care systems will also be examined with respect to concepts and principles of change theory, ethical decision making, policy processes and analysis.
PH317 Management in Health Services and Medical Care (Spring) (Satisfies the same core requirement as PH305. Only one course will count towards the certificate)
Addresses major issues, challenges and opportunities faced by health services managers and practitioners relating to established and evolving social, public health, regulatory & legislative, economic, and professional policies. Focuses on the performance of the US health system on health access, quality and cost. Perspectives of consumers, employers, providers, insurers, public health agencies and health policy makers are considered.
PH321 Controversies in Health Economics (Summer)
In this course, you will learn health economic concepts, principles and theories as well as, true to the course title, how to apply these methods to a range of practical scenarios. We will start by talking about scarcity in healthcare and how different numbers can mean very different things, depending on the viewpoint. You will learn how to undertake your own health economic evaluation, whether cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-utility analysis or cost-benefit analysis.
PH324 Public Health Informatics (Fall)
Public Health Informatics is an emerging field that seeks to employ information technology tools and methods in order to address public health challenges and improve public health practice. Because data is the currency of public health professionals, informatics is essential to successful and efficient completion of public health goals given its fundamental role in every step of the data life cycle: collection, storage, analysis, representation and dissemination.
PH326 Legal Issues in Health Care (Spring)
This course provides students with an overview of the legal environment as it affects the provision of health care. Utilizing court decisions and other law, the course explores medical malpractice, negligence, liability (physician, product, and corporate), intellectual property, criminal aspects of health care, patient consent and rights, health care reform, and compliance with such laws as Medicaid, Medicare, and HIPAA.
*Please note this list is subject to change based upon instructional availability. The following courses are examples of electives that have been previously offered by the UVM Public Health program.
PH301 Public Health & Health Policy (Summer, Fall)
In the United States, we spend vast resources on health care and lag behind other developed countries in measures of health. Students will examine current health issues and barriers to improving health, as well as identify credible sources of health information to understand health topics such as preventing obesity, vaccines, global tobacco use, alcohol, environmental health topics, emerging infectious diseases, and access to health care. Students will learn about the compelling need for creative and multidisciplinary solutions, and how stronger policies to improve the health of the public might be accomplished.
PH302 Epidemiology 1 (Summer, Fall)
Epidemiology methods give us a framework in which we can order these complex relationships into information that can be used to improve population health. Students will learn how to define populations and estimate the distribution of health related conditions and their determinants. We will apply epidemiology methods to surveillance, screening and study design, and understand how to assess causality and control for factors that may mask our ability to find a relationship between an exposure and a health outcome.
PH306 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (Spring)
Addresses the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health, and health disparities over the life course.
PH310 Public Health Law and Ethics (Fall)
Public health law examines the government’s authority, at various jurisdictional levels, to improve the health of the general population within societal limits and norms. Public health ethics seek to understand and clarify principles and values that guide public health actions, offering a framework for making decisions and a means of justifying them.
PH 311 Global Public Health (Spring)
Explores global public health and global health challenges affecting people primarily in developing or resource-constrained countries. Cultural competency concepts will be embedded. Examine basic principles of global public health, culture and health behavior, social determinants of health, the burden of disease (infectious, chronic, mental health), reproductive health, complex humanitarian emergencies, and global health agencies and collaborations.
PH318 Improving Health of Patients and Populations (Summer)
This course uses population health as a context to develop students’ knowledge and appreciation of the impact of chronic conditions and social determinants, including culture, on health, linking care of individual patients and populations. Students will discover how social determinants of health (related to “place”) impact the health of populations and individual patients. Finally, students will apply these principles to the specific chronic conditions prevalent in the population of individuals over the age of 65, and evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage disease in this population.
PH396 Epidemiology for Practice (Spring)
Epidemiology is the basic science of understanding disease and health at the population level. This course is designed to teach students basic concepts and terminology of epidemiology and how epidemiology is used in determining causes of disease, public health practice, and healthcare delivery. The focus is less on detailed mathematical analyses and more on applications of epidemiologic principles. This course is ideal for health administrators, health care and public health practitioners, and students seeking an introduction to epidemiology.
Jan Carney, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Public Health and Professor of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine
Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences,UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Education: AB, Middlebury College, 1976; MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1981; residency and chief residency in internal medicine, University of Vermont/Medical Center; MPH Harvard School of Public Health,1987; board-certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine
Dr. Carney served as Vermont’s commissioner of health from 1989 to 2003, for three gubernatorial administrations. During this time, she created and led the “Healthy Vermonters” initiative, credited by the Burlington Free Press with helping “make Vermonters among the healthiest of Americans and certainly among the best educated about the condition of public health in their state.” Dr. Carney is an experienced teacher, practitioner, and leader in public health. She was Vermont’s first recipient of a Local Legend Award, a collaboration between the American Medical Women’s Association and the National Library of Medicine to highlight the contribution of women physicians around the country. Recipients are nominated by members of Congress.
Heidi Gortakowski, MPH
Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine
Education:BA in Science, Technology & Society, Vassar College; MPH in Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health
After completing her degree in public health, Heidi Gortakowski accepted an applied epidemiology fellowship with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition to her work in HIV surveillance, Heidi focused on using GIS to map the prevalence and burden of HIV in New York. She is currently an epidemiologist at the Vermont Department of Health working in performance management. As the performance improvement manager, she oversees performance accountability and leads the department in its efforts to build infrastructure that supports the effective use of data to drive governmental decision making. Heidi sits on the advisory board for the CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship and has contributed to peer-reviewed literature in the fields of HIV, asthma, physical activity, tobacco, and workforce development.
Catherine Hamilton, PhD
Lecturer, UVM Business School and UVM College of Medicine, Vice President of Consumer Services and Planning, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
Education:BA, Bowdoin College, 1988; PhD, Robert Wagner School of Public Service, New York University, 2001
Dr. Hamilton has worked in health care policy, management, finance, and administration for 25 years in a variety of public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. Her areas of expertise are in strategic planning, health care finance, health care reform policy, and programs to expand health insurance coverage. Dr. Hamilton oversees strategic planning, health care reform, Medicare, and individual markets and customer service for Vermont’s largest health insurance plan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Prior to her position at BCBSVT, she worked as a regulator of health plans at the Mayor’s Office of Medicaid Managed Care in New York City. She is a part-time lecturer at UVM of Health Care Management and Strategic Planning in Health Care and serves as the director of the Health Care Management Program.
Hendrika Maltby, PhD
Professor of Nursing, UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Education: BA, University of Windsor, 1975; BScN, University of Windsor, 1976; MScN, University of Western Ontario, 1986; PhD, Curtin University of Technology, 1997
Dr. Maltby’s background is in public health nursing, and she has taught in Canada, Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, and, since January 2000, at UVM. She is interested in community partnerships that provide a holistic approach to enhance the health and quality of life of populations. In addition, she conducts a yearly faculty-led program in Bangladesh for nursing and physical therapy students. Dr. Maltby’s research, publications, and conference presentations reflect community-based issues, with current projects examining cultural immersion and cultural competency development.
Betty Rambur, DNSC
Professor of Nursing and Health Policy, UVM College of Medicine and UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Education: BS, University of Mary, 1978; MS, Rush University, 1988; DNSC, Rush University, 1991
A leader in advocacy of the nurse’s role in contemporary and future society, Dr. Rambur strives to support innovation and build committed communities of inquiry that transcend boundaries of disciplines, institutions, and nations. Her research examines moral distress; eustress and the virtuous organization; organizational culture and workforce; and moral development. Her interests include movement meditation, Buddhism, healer self-development, and self-mastery. In addition, Dr. Rambur has served in numerous leadership positions, including service on the Board of Trustees of the Fletcher Allen Health Care (now the UVM Medical Center) and as dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. In 2007-2008, she was selected nationally as one of 38 American Council on Education Fellows, a leadership development program preparing individuals for senior positions in university administration.
Linda L. Roberts, MHS
Education Instructor,Department of Medicine UVM College of Medicine
Education:BS in Nursing, Wayne State University, 1984; MHS in Genetic Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Heath, 2002
Linda Roberts is an epidemiologist with experience in health care delivery, the pharmaceutical and genetic testing industries, community non-profit organizations, and academics. She has research experience in applied genetic epidemiology, clinical trials, biomarkers of inflammation, and the epidemiology of sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease. Linda has also been involved in national and international genetics educational initiatives through the American Society of Human Genetics and as co-chair of the Education Working Group’s Human Variome Project, an international consortium of genetics professionals that aims to apply genetic variation data for clinical benefit. Since 2009, she has worked with local community youth coalitions on projects studying and designing interventions for youth alcohol and substance abuse prevention. Since 2007, she has taught research methods to undergraduate students in allied health sciences and epidemiologic methods to nursing and medical students at the University of Vermont.
William Wargo, Esq.
Education:AB, Columbia College; MSW, Hunter School of Social Work; JD, New York University School of Law
William Wargo served as the Vermont Health Department’s legal counsel for more than 15 years. Before that, he worked as a social worker in New York City, assisting foster children, counseling disabled veterans and initiating a creative writing group for them, providing individual and family counseling to recovering drug addicts, working with Bowery alcoholics and beginning a softball league for them, and providing emergency therapeutic services for people in crisis. As a lawyer, he has managed two legal services offices (one providing services to low-income people on New York City’s Lower East Side and the other providing services to prisoners) and served as the Winooski city attorney for 10 years. He has taught law for about 20 years at St. Michael’s College and also has taught courses on many subjects, including constitutional law, Shakespeare, sociology, and Vermont history, at Community College of Vermont.
Vicki Hart, PhD
Clinical instructor, UVM College of Medicine
Owner and Principal, Hart DataWorks LLC
Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1999; MS in Biostatistics, University of Vermont, 2010; PhD in Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014.
Dr. Hart is an epidemiologist and biostatistician interested in using data and statistical analysis to support healthcare and other organizations in improving public health in our communities. Dr. Hart’s academic research focused on risk factors associated with breast cancer development and quality of life after treatment for non-invasive breast cancer. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Hart worked in aerospace manufacturing engineering and operations management. This applied background informs her focus on the application of epidemiologic and biostatistics methods in practice.
Shayla Livingston, MPH
Department of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine; Vermont Department of Health
Shayla was born and raised in Sharon, Vermont. She attended undergraduate school at Smith College and received her master’s in public health from U.C. Berkeley, with a focus on maternal and child health. She began working for the Vermont Department of Health in June of 2012 where she was an analyst in the Division of Health Surveillance focused on epidemiology for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, coordination of the Youth Risk Behaviors Survey, analysis of the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System data and evaluation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opioid overdose prevention grant. She transitioned to the role of public health policy advisor in July of 2016. Shayla is also a member of her local school board and an avid skier, runner, and mountain biker.
Christopher A. Jones, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Director, Global Health Economics
Education: BS, University of Michigan; MS Human Biology, University of Oxford, Oxford, England, 2000; PhD Health Economics, University of Oxford, Oxford, England, 2006
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition and fee information associated with the Public Health programs are available at the Student Financial Services (SFS) site:
Federal or institutional financial aid is not available for students enrolled solely in a certificate program. The SFS website includes details about other potential financing options for the certificate program.
How long does it take to complete the Certificate?
This is an 18-credit program designed to be completed in one year, over three semesters. You can opt to take courses at your own pace, but you must complete the program within five years.
Who should apply?
The program is designed for health practitioners, public health professionals, researchers, medical and graduate students, and others who wish to increase their knowledge in healthcare management and policy. It also prepares graduates for advanced study at the master’s and doctoral levels.
Can I start the program anytime?
Courses are offered during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.