Certificate in Population Health Management

Population health management has emerged as an important strategy for health care providers and payers. The undergraduate certificate in Population Health Management was developed to provide adult learners with job skills and knowledge that are in demand in today’s workforce. The program is industry-based and employer driven and was created to help fill the gaps in the current workforce talent pipeline. Certificate holders will be able to demonstrate needed labor skills supporting a growing health care industry. The Certificate in Population Health Management prepares adults to enhance skills to improve health within and across populations. Potential employment includes mid-level work settings; hospitals, health care clinics, consulting companies, government health services, insurance providers, community facilities, and not-for-profit as well as managed care organizations.

The certificate requires 21 hours and includes coursework in population health, chronic human disease states, health informatics, social determinants of health and health disparities, health coaching and behavior change, data management, and practical experience in interprofessional education and practice.

 

Objectives

Completers will acquire skills necessary to:

  1. Identify determinants of population health that impact health outcomes in a community and apply the essentials of public health practice to design low cost interventions;

  2. Lead the formation and management of contemporary health care systems that consist of, and rely upon, diverse stakeholders in the organization and delivery of community-based models of care;

  3. Communicate effectively, through health coaching techniques, to manage population groups in health promotion and chronic disease management;

  4. Articulate and apply frameworks for collecting, analyzing, and using data to inform decisions, facilitate care coordination, and improve health outcomes of targeted populations within and outside the health system;

  5. Develop effective collaboratives and support health systems and community agencies efforts in assessing health needs, quality of services, and strategies for improving health services delivery;

  6. Understand and implement population health and VBP models of care ensuring privacy, security and confidentiality in the healthcare environment.

 

Required Courses (21 Hours)

HS 312: Community and Population Health 3 hours

NURS 313: Study of Human Diseases 3 hours

HSM 375: Data Management 3 hours

HSM 410: Health Informatics 3 hours

HS 442: Social Determinants of Health 3 hours

HS 454: Health Coaching for Behavior Change 3 hours

HSCI 464: Interprofessional Education, Practice, and Research in the Health Sciences 3 hours

Note: Requests to waive prerequisites of these courses will be considered by the department head on an individual basis. HS 315/HS316 (6 hours) can be substituted for NURS 313 (3 hours).