Public Health Policy and Programs


This certificate is designed to serve persons who want to enhance knowledge and skills in public policies, use of public health data, and program management 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:

  • At least two years of appropriate work experience, as determined by the department's admissions committee
  • Concurrent enrollment in a graduate degree program
  • A graduate degree

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.

For international students, a copy of their degree that is equivalent to the Bachelor's degree along with a certified copy of their transcripts is required.


None are required.


Total program hours: 12 credit hours.

Required Courses (9 credit hours)

  • PHC 6063 - Public Health Data, Information and Decision Making (web format) (3)
  • PHC 6146 - Health Services Planning and Evaluation (web format) (3)
  • PHC 6421 - Public Health Law and Ethics (web format) (3)

Electives (3 credit hours)

One 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 6147 - Managing Quality in Health Care (web format) (3)
  • PHC 6435 - Comparative Health Insurance Systems (web format) (3)

Other approved elective (3 credits), consistent with prerequisite requirements or consent of the director. Other departmental course offerings, consistent with prerequisite requirements or consent of instructor.

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is three years.

Credit Toward Graduate Degree

Should a graduate certificate student subsequently apply and be accepted to a degree-granting program, the University's Transfer of Credit Policy applies. It is up to the Program to determine the number of credits that may be transferred in from the Graduate Certificate into the Graduate Program, up to the 49% limits specified in the transfer of credit policy.

Any application of such credit must be approved by the degree-granting college and must be appropriate to the program. See the Transfer of Credit Policy for more information.

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.


Barbara Orban
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Jane Lundh, M.A.
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