Jun 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Population Health, GC

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The Graduate Certificate in Population Health provides focused training on solving healthcare problems by using data to implement quality initiatives based on proven theories and practices. Population health encompasses health outcomes and patterns of determinants of health as well as policies and strategies that link the two.

This certificate program is designed for healthcare professionals such as clinicians, healthcare administrators, health information managers, quality improvement experts, health IT specialists, analysts, and risk managers. It is especially suited for those from the disciplines of nursing, allied health, informatics, and business who work in the healthcare field.

The 12-credit-hour program is comprised of four graduate courses delivered in online, accelerated eight-week terms. 

This graduate certificate is designed to be an enhancement, not a substitute, for a graduate degree. Students who complete the program will earn a graduate certificate that will appear on their permanent transcript. With the permission of the Dean of the Graduate School, it may be possible to pursue this graduate certificate program alongside another graduate degree program.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for application and admission to the Graduate Certificate program in Population Health, the following are required: 

  • Graduate School online application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • A bachelor’s degree in a related discipline from a regionally-accredited institution
  • An undergraduate grade-point average of not less than 2.75 (4.0 scale) on all work attempted; or an undergraduate grade-point average of not less than 3.0 (4.0 scale) on the last 60 semester hours completed; or an overall graduate grade-point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) on all previously earned graduate degrees.

Course Requirements

Students must successfully complete the four courses listed below with a grade of “B” or better to receive the Graduate Certificate in Population Health:

Program Duration and Schedule of Course Offerings

Students are admitted to and progress through the program as a cohort. Coursework is delivered in accelerated terms. The program is designed to be completed as follows:

  1. HSA 500 - Essentials of Population Health  Credit Hours: 3
  2. HSA 501 - U.S. Healthcare Organizations and Delivery Methods  Credit Hours: 3
  3. HSA 502 - Epidemiology and Outcomes Research  Credit Hours: 3
  4. HSA 503 - Principles of Healthcare Quality and Safety  Credit Hours: 3

Certificate Completion

To have the graduate certificate posted to the official transcript and receive a formal certificate, students must submit an “Application for Degree” and pay the certificate fee in the final semester of enrollment following the instructions and deadline set by the Office of the Registrar.

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