Public Health Policy and Programs


This certificate is designed to serve persons who want to enhance knowledge and skills in management of programs and public policies that advance the health of communities and populations, and who may not be available in the local community to do so.

Course location/delivery

This certificate is offered fully online and at the Sarasota campus.

Admission requirements

The applicant must have an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA and at least one of the following:

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit a copy of your diploma.


None are required.


14 - 15 credit hours. Two courses are required:

PHC 6102 - Principles of Health Policy and Management (web format) (3)
PHC 6421 - Public Health Law and Ethics (web format) (3)


Three courses to be chosen based on the student's interests and professional goals from the following list:

PHC 6104 - Management of Public Health Programs (web format) (3)
PHC 6146 - Health Services Planning (web format) (3)
PHC 6110 - International Health and Health Care Systems (web format) (3)
PHC 6147 - Managing Quality in Health Care (web format) (2)
PHC 6195 - Public Health Data, Information & Decision Making (3)

Time limit

Three (3) year maximum.

Credit toward graduate degree

Certificate program students can apply to the department's MPH degree programs in Health Policies and Programs and Public Health Practice. If admitted to a graduate program in the Department of Health Policy and Management, 12 credit hours can be transferred to the degree program within five years of completing the certificate when applicable to degree requirements. Admission to a certificate program does not assure admission to a graduate degree program.

Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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