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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 [Archived Catalog]

Health Policy Certificate

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Degree Title: Health Policy Certificate

Program Name and Number: Health Policy Certificate –ND9963 (CTHPCG)

Department/Unit: College of Health Sciences and Professions- Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies

Delivery Mode: Offered in an online format, suited to persons currently employed who cannot attend traditional/residential offerings.

Program Overview: 

The Graduate Certificate in Health Policy is to enhance the education of current students pursuing programs in health disciplines across multiple colleges who desire to gain skills in the analysis, interpretation, and/or ability to seek solutions to problems affecting population health and healthcare. Moreover, students wishing to better understand the health policy environment in the United States (US), and professionals engaged in public health and healthcare delivery will benefit from this certificate.

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 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.

  • Students who have already been admitted to an advanced degree program at Ohio University (degree-seeking graduate students) need to complete an Application for Update of Graduate Academic Program. This application can be obtained online or in person from the Graduate College. The completed application, including the signature of an advisor and the certificate/program coordinator, should be submitted to the Graduate College office at Ohio University.
  • To apply for the certificate program as a non-degree student, you must submit a non-degree application to the Graduate College. Admission requirements include the following:
    • 4-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. university/college or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution
    • Ability to manage graduate studies as evidenced by undergraduate performance, current professional responsibilities, and/or similar criteria.

Departmental Contact Information:

  • Tobe Gillogly, Department Chair
    Grover Center E178
  • Chelsea Freeman, Academic Advisor
    Grover Center W133B
  • Stephanie Johnson, Administrative Specialist
    Grover Center W182

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