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Long-Term Care - Certificate




The mission of the Long-Term Care graduate certificate is to train students to best meet the needs of the aging population in the United States. Graduates with this certificate meet the necessary requirements for licensure of post-acute and senior services programs and facilities. Our students gain mastery of those academic requirements, along with an understanding of facility management, provider services and programs, and federal policies that impact senior and long-term care services.

All 18 credits of the Long Term Care certificate can be applied to the MHA degree offered through the Milken School of Public Health (SPH).



Combining a master’s degree from the Milken School of Public Health with the Long Term Care Graduate Certificate uniquely positions graduates for careers that require both breadth and depth of knowledge and skills in health services.

The Long Term Care graduate certificate program is open to applicants with a master’s degree or higher who wish to gain knowledge and skills in public health or health services. Applicants without master’s degrees may be eligible depending upon their professional experience in public health. The Long Term Health graduate certificate can be tailored to each student’s professional goals.  An advisor is assigned to each student to develop the unique program of study. 

Admissions requirements and application procedures for the graduate certificate program are identical to those of the master’s degree programs. Please see this website:

  • Graduate Credit Requirement: 18 graduate credits are required. (See Curriculum)
  • Course Selection: The Program Director/Advisor must pre-approve all course selections and course sequencing by developing a “program of study” prior to the student’s initial registration.  Graduate certificate students meet with their advisor each semester before registration. All changes in this program of study must be pre-approved by the Program Director/Advisor
  • Course Requirements: Since most graduate certificate students are currently enrolled in an MPH program or have previously earned a graduate degree, most course credits will be selected from the program-specific course list.  Under no circumstances may a certificate student enroll in fewer than nine credits of program-specific courses.
  • Grade Point Requirement:  A 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average or higher is required.
  • Time Limit Requirement: The certificate must be completed within two years.
  • Transfer Credit Policy: Up to four relevant graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous degree may be transferred to the certificate program. Credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last three years with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Transfer to a Degree Program:  SPH Graduate Certificate students can transfer as many credits as meet program requirements, to the MPH or MHA degree (up to 18 credits for some Certificate programs). Graduate Certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so via the online change of concentration petition after completion of 3 or more courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. A grade of B or better is required for a course to be eligible to transfer. Students interested in applying to an MPH or MHA degree program should meet with Departmental Advisors regarding program-specific admission requirements.



Required Courses

HSML 6203 | Intro to Health Management HSML 6207 | Health Services Info Applications (2 credits)

HSML 6207 | Health Services Information Applications (2 credits)
HSML 6216 | Human Resources Management & Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
HSML 6236 | Aging & Disability:Needs & Services (3 credits)
HSML 6237 | Managing Skilled Nursng Facility (3 credits)

Total Credits: 12


The following is a sample list. Topics vary from semester to semester.

HSML 6299 | Topics in HSML (such as: Current Issues in Federal LTC; Advanced Finance; Six Sigma)
HSML 6204 | Quality & Performance Improvement (2 credits)
PUBH 6537 | Health Promotion & Aging (2 credits)
PUBH 6099 | Topics in Public Health (such as: Alzheimer's Care: Policy & Practice; Long Term Care Finance)

Total Credits: 6

Non-Academic Requirements

  • Professional Enhancement

Students in degree programs must participate in eight hours of Professional Enhancement. These activities are pre-approved by an advisor and may be Public Health-related lectures, seminars, and symposia related to your field of study.

Professional Enhancement activities supplement the rigorous academic curriculum of the SPH degree programs and help prepare students to participate actively in the professional community. You can learn more about opportunities for Professional Enhancement via the Milken Institute School of Public Health Listserv, through departmental communications, or by speaking with your advisor.

Students must submit a completed Professional Enhancement Form to the student records department

  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Training

All students are required to complete the Basic CITI training module in Social and Behavioral Research prior to beginning the practicum.  This online training module for Social and Behavioral Researchers will help new students demonstrate and maintain sufficient knowledge of the ethical principles and regulatory requirements for protecting human subjects - key for any public health research.

  • Academic Integrity Quiz

All Milken Institute School of Public Health students are required to review the University’s Code of Academic Integrity and complete the GW Academic Integrity Activity.  This activity must be completed within 2 weeks of matriculation. Information on GWSPH Academic Integrity requirements can be found here