THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS.
This graduate certificate provides new and mid-career public health professionals training to manage a variety of nonprofit public health programs and services in a community-based setting.
The Graduate Certificate Program is tailored to meet the needs of the professional public health practitioner. Individuals with 3-5 years experience as a manager based in a community-based public health program or current federal/state/local project officers who oversee funding for community-based programs that provide public health services are eligible. Current GWSPH students who are earning a MS or MPH degree are also eligible.
Applicants without a master’s degree may be eligible, provided that they hold a bachelor’s degree and dependent upon their professional experience in public health. Admissions requirements and application procedures for the Graduate Certificate programs are identical to those of the Master’s degree programs. View graduate admissions information and application process
Graduates of this program will be expected to have:
- Managerial skills appropriate to a variety of public health programs and services in the nonprofit sector (e.g., organization planning, organizing, leading/motivating, controlling, marketing/fundraising development, quality improvement, decision making/problem solving, and ethical analysis);
- An understanding of nonprofit program/service planning, design, marketing, and evaluation for purposes of developing business plans and grant proposals;
- Practical management experience gained through a special project conducted under a preceptor or mentor.
Upon completion of the Certificate in Public Health Community-Based Management Program, students should possess the following functional competencies:
- Understand the impact of global social, economic and political trends on the role and function of voluntary action, civil society, the nonprofit sector and philanthropy [HSML 6203; PubH 6590; PAd 6031].
- Demonstrate knowledge of human resource issues within both formal and informal nonprofit organizations and how human resource issues in nonprofit organizations are different from the experience in public and for-profit organizations [HSML 6216; PubH 6590].
- Understand marketing theory, principles and techniques, in general, and as applied in a philanthropic and nonprofit environment (including the dynamics and principles of marketing “missions” in a nonprofit context) [PubH 6590].
- Apply decision-making models and methods in nonprofit organizational settings and to use and apply both quantitative and qualitative data for purposes of strengthening nonprofit organizations, the nonprofit sector and the larger society [PubH 6008; PubH 6501].
- Evaluate the various roles of nonprofit organizations and voluntary action in effecting social change and influencing the public policy process in both national and international contexts as well as the role of board members, staff and volunteers as agents of and for social change, grounded in particular mission-driven efforts [PubH 6305 PAd 6031; HSML 6216].
- Demonstrate the ability to work with community clients in order to strengthen understanding and application of nonprofit challenges in securing funding, developing programs, recruiting qualified personnel, satisfying grant and foundation expectations, engaging community partners, and working with consumers of public health programs [PubH 6008].
- Apply the theory of nonprofit finance, including knowledge of the various types of revenues pursued by nonprofit organizations, the strategic choices and issues associated with each type of revenue, and the methods used to generate these revenues [PubH 6590; PubH 6499].
- Demonstrate knowledge of the general principles, methods, and applications of epidemiology, the basic science of public health [PubH 6003].
** Proposed changes to this Certificate have not yet been finalized
School of Public Health and Health Services
Public Health Community-Based
Principles and Practice of Epidemiology
Fall, Spring, Summer
Management and Policy Approaches to PH
Fall, Spring, Summer
Total Core Credits
Required Program-Specific Courses
Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations
Evaluation of Health Promotion /Disease Prevention Programs
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
Total Program- Specific Courses
Social & Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
Fundamentals for Health Policy
Fall, Spring, Summer
Topics in Global Social Entrepreneurship
Board Development and Advocacy in Community-based Organizations
Budgeting and Grants Administration in Community-based Organizations
Introduction to Health Management
Human Resources Management & Organizational Behavior
Total Elective Credits**
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDITS
Past Program Guides
This is the current program guide for this program. Students should follow the course requirements from the year in which they entered the program.