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Online Certificate of Graduate Study in Healthcare Management and Policy

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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 with The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont. 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 organizational issues
  • Prepare for further graduate study or research in healthcare, public health, and related fields

The program is designed for working professionals in health care and public health; nursing students, medical students and other graduate students; recent baccalaureate graduates with an interest in a non-clinical health degree; and employees and managers of healthcare-related programs and organizations.

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 orPH305 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 & Health Policy
  • PH302 Epidemiology I
  • PH306 Social and Behavioral Public Health
  • PH310 Public Health Law and Ethics
  • PH311 Global Public Health
  • PH318 Improving the Health of Patients and Populations
  • PH328 Epidemiology for Practice

Courses are taught by faculty experts from UVM’s Larner College of Medicine, the Vermont Department of Health, and experts trained at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Courses offered during the fall, spring and summer terms ensure that you can fit the program into your work or academic schedule.


Example Curriculum Sequence Maps

  1. 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 one of our student advisors at 802-656-2085 with any questions.
  2. Two-Year Program: Students will need to take 3 credits (1 course) per semester for six semesters.

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