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Graduate Certificate in Public Health

The Certificate in Public Health is especially designed for working professionals in government or private sector health organizations seeking to enhance their knowledge of public health practice. It is also intended for those who are interested in public health but who do not wish to pursue a graduate degree in public health at this time. The 18-credit graduate program covers the five core areas of public health – behavioral and social sciences, biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, and public health policy.  All credits earned for the Certificate can be applied to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program.

Certificate Curriculum (18 credits)

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Behavioral and Social Theories in Public Health
  • Basic Public Health Statistics
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Health
  • Public Health Policy and Advocacy

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Admissions Requirements & Considerations

  • Online application and payment of application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • GRE Scores
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • CV or resume
  • Information concerning paid or volunteer experience in a public or community setting (two or more years preferred)
  • Interview

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Graduate Certificate in
Healthcare Quality & Safety

The Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Safety is designed for professionals working in all aspects of health care who are seeking to enhance their knowledge of healthcare quality and patient safety. Graduates will acquire the skills necessary for the design and implementation of programs and policies that measurably improve healthcare quality and patient safety.

The Certificate requires completion of six courses (18 credits), all of which can be applied to the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety (MS-HQS) degree program.

Students may start the certificate program in the fall or spring term and proceed at their own pace as long as at least one course is taken each term until completion. The course of study for the certificate can be completed in one to two years.

Certificate Curriculum (18 credits; as of Fall 2012)*

  • U.S. Healthcare Delivery and Organization
  • Advanced Applications of HQS Methods in Clinical Settings
  • Organizational Behavior and Change in Health Care
  • Health Informatics
  • Tools & Methods for Healthcare Quality and Safety Improvement
  • Quality and Safety Tools and Methods
  • Population Health Management *
    * optional seventh course

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Admissions Requirements & Considerations

  • Online application and payment of application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Competency in basic statistics
  • Basic knowledge of medical terminology
  • GRE or eqivalent
  • CV or resume
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

Eligible candidates will be invited for a telephone interview.

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Graduate Certificate in Health Policy

The Certificate in Health Policy is designed for professionals working in all aspects of health care who are seeking to enhance their knowledge of healthcare organization, delivery and financing and wishing to hone the analytical skills necessary to develop and implement health policy. 

The Certificate comprises six courses (18 credits), all of which can be applied to the Master of Science in Health Policy (MS- HP) degree program.

Students may start the certificate program in the fall or spring term and proceed at their own pace as long as at least one course is taken each term until completion. The course of study for the certificate can be completed in one to two years.

Certificate Curriculum (18 credits)

  • U.S. Healthcare Delivery and Organization
  • Population Health Management
  • Health Law and Regulatory Issues
  • Health Policy Analysis and Advocacy
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Health Economics

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Admissions Requirements & Considerations

  • Online application and payment of application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Competency in basic statistics
  • GRE or eqivalent
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

Eligible candidates will be invited for a telephone interview.

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Applied Health Economics & Outcomes Research

  • Part-time online program completed in 15-20 months
  • Requires completion of 15 credits (5 courses)
  • Three 14-week terms per year, starting in fall or spring
  • HPL 500     US Healthcare Organization and Delivery (3)
  • HPL 540     Health Economics (3)
  • AHE 514    Economic and Outcomes Analyses (3)
  • AHE 509    Epidemiology for Outcomes Research (3)

One of the following:

  • AHE 504    Economic Modeling in Healthcare or (3)
  • AHE 512    Simulation for Economic Evaluation (3)

Admissions Considerations & Prerequisites

  • Earned baccalaureate degree with approximate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • One of the following
    • Competitive score on the GRE or other graduate entrance examination
    • Graduate degree or 9+ credits of appropriate graduate coursework with grade of B or higher
  • Basic competency in medical terminology demonstrated by clinical education, coursework, or self-study preparation for passing score on JSPH medical terminology qualifying test.

Applying to the AHEOR Certificate Program

  • Application instructions are available here
  •  Deadline for fall (September) admission is July 1 for completion of online application form and July 15 for submission of supporting documentation.

Further information on the AHEOR graduate certificate program is available here.

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Graduate Certificate in Population Health

The paradigm has shifted. The current health system is broken. We are moving to a new model that stresses population health.

Jefferson’s Graduate Certificate in Population Health is intended for current and emerging leaders who want to thrive under Health Reform and implement real world solutions.

  • 5 online courses (15 credits)
  • 21 months to complete

The Certificate will enable you to:

  1. Define the population health paradigm and its relationship to the chronic care model.
  2. Describe ways in which a population health perspective reorders existing healthcare priorities and establishes new priorities in areas such as prevention, evidence-based practice, comparative effectiveness, public health and health policy.
  3. Identify and address key determinants of population health outcomes.
  4. Identify and characterize key stakeholders, including governmental and private sector institutions, and analyze how their complex relationships influence population health outcomes.
  5. Analyze the impact of health care and health services on population health outcomes and identify strategies for improving healthcare quality and safety.
  6. Analyze the relationship of population health outcomes to health economics and to value in health care.

Curriculum

  • Population Health and Its Management
  • U.S. Healthcare Organization and Delivery
  • Intro to Healthcare Quality and Safety
  •  Chronic Disease Prevention and Chronic Care Management
  • Intro to Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Application instuctions are available here. For further information, click here.