Ohio University

Health Policy Certificate

What is a Certificate?

A certificate program provides students and working professionals the opportunity to expand their education through a set of specialized courses. These comprehensive sources are designed to build upon and advance the students' knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study. Earning a unique healthcare certificate from Ohio University can lead to a wide range of career opportunities, empowering students to exhibit leadership, initiative and a distinctive skill set and knowledge to compete for their desired career path. 

Health Policy Certificate Overview

Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions offers a 100% online, graduate-level Health Policy Certificate that includes a comprehensive curriculum to help students and working healthcare professionals better understand public health and the health policy environment in the United States. Students will gain fundamental skills in the analysis, interpretation and ability to seek solutions to problems affecting population health and healthcare.  

By completing the certificate, students will strengthen their professional practice through enhanced understanding of how health policy impacts the work they do and be prepared to effectively engage with the health policy process as policy advocates, policy analysts or policy influencers.  

At Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions, you can earn a Health Policy Certificate at an affordable cost and in a 100% online format. View program flyer here (PDF)

Opportunities upon Completion:  

Students who complete the health policy certificate will be prepared to effectively engage with the health policy process as policy advocates, policy analysts, or policy influencers. For many students, completing the certificate will enhance their professional practice through enhanced understanding of how health policy impacts the work they do and the environment in which they do it. Other students may seek positions as policy advocates for healthcare/public health sector employers or professional associations of which they are members or as health policy analysts with health research organizations. 

Required Courses: 

IHS 5300- Fundamental Health Policy: Concepts, Components and Systems 
IHS 5301-The Health Policy Making Process 
IHS 5302- Health Policy: Current Issues, Trends and Emerging Topics 
MPA 5850- Policy Analysis for Public Affairs and Leadership 

Graduation Requirements: 

1) Minimum semester hours required: 12 

2) Thesis requirement: No 

3) Qualifying exam: No 

4) Expected time to completion if studying fulltime: 1.5-2 semesters 

5) The Health Policy Graduate Certificate consists of four courses for a total of twelve semester credit hours. Upon applying for graduation (for degree-seeking students) or completion of the certificate requirements (for non-degree students), you must contact the program coordinator for verification of completion and the awarding of the certificate. 

Admission Requirements: 

The Health Policy Graduate Certificate program will accept students in two categories: (1) those who have been admitted to an advanced degree program at Ohio University and (2) those who possess a bachelor’s or advanced degree but are not currently in a degree program at Ohio University. 

1) Students who have already been admitted to an advanced degree program at Ohio University (degree-seeking graduate students). 

  • Complete an Application for Update of Graduate Academic Program. This application can be obtained online or in person from the Graduate College. The certificate code is CTHPCG. 
  • The completed application, including the signature of an advisor (if applicable) should be submitted to the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies, in Grover W182, or emailed to Stephanie Johnson (johnsos1@ohio.edu) to obtain the certificate director signature.  
  • After the certificate director has signed the form, it will be sent to the Graduate College for processing.  

2) To apply to an individual certificate program for those who are not currently enrolled in an advanced degree program at Ohio University:

  • Submit an application to the Graduate College. Admission requirements include the following:  

Spring applications for admission will be accepted from October 26, 2019-March 2, 2020.

Click here to visit the Graduate College for more information.