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Certificate in Public Health Management

Graduate School Certificate Application

Certificate Director
Sarah Wackerbarth Ph.D.
Department of Health
Management and Policy
College of Public Health
111 Washington Avenue, Suite 105
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0003
(859) 218-2079 (O)

Certificate Coordinator
Jamie Hunt
Certificate Coordinator
College of Public Health
111 Washington Avenue; Suite 111
Lexington, KY 40536
(859) 323-7341

Healthcare has been experiencing a tremendous evolution in recent years, particularly as public health has developed a close relationship with the clinical care of individuals. The concepts surrounding population and community health have become an integral part of health care in the United States during the past decade as once again a greater understanding of public health has become a requisite part of caring for the US population. Understanding how to manage the health of populations and communities has not traditionally been a part of the training of clinicians including physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and other clinical practitioners. In order to develop the role of clinician managers of the public’s and community’s health, additional education is required. The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management provides a mechanism for public health workers and students admitted to the Graduate School to enhance their competencies and skills in management without undertaking a graduate degree in management or public health.

The Public Health Management certificate has three main objectives:

  • Prepare individuals interested in public health management as well as public health workers to address the multi-factorial management issues in Kentucky in their workplaces by enhancing public health management skills. The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management does not take the place of the Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Management and Policy, but instead provides individuals who have completed related professional programs with expanded management capabilities.
  • Provide students with theoretical, practical, and relevant educational experiences in management to enhance the health and welfare of populations in Kentucky, the nation, and around the globe.
  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills to develop, implement, and manage public health programs, prepare budgets, and evaluate their effectiveness.

Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management must be approved for admission by the Certificate Director, who shall notify the Graduate School in writing of the student’s admission.

Students enrolled in the Population Health Policy & Management concentration in the MPH or Health Management & Policy concentration in the DrPH program are not eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management.

Admission to or award of a graduate Certificate does not guarantee admission to a degree program in the same or any other discipline.

Application Process

Following Graduate School deadlines, all application materials must be received at least one month before the semester you plan to begin your coursework. Remember to include adequate time for letters of reference to be submitted.

Pre-approved Certificate courses that have already been completed may count towards the curriculum requirements. (This does not include practicum or research projects). Requests to include these courses are made on the application. No more than six hours previously completed at UK can be counted toward the Certificate.

Students must apply to the UK Graduate School. Graduate School application deadlines and forms may be obtained through their website at:

When completing the Graduate School application, please answer the following essay questions in your personal statement:

  • Describe any work experience relevant to Public Health Management
  • Briefly describe (a) your reason(s) for interest in the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management, (b) your career goals in relation to Public Health Management, and (c) the specific topic in Public Health Management in which you are most interested

Official transcripts
Official transcripts are required for undergraduate and graduate work from universities other than the University of Kentucky. A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission.

Letters of Reference
The student must have letters submitted on their behalf from two (2) sources. If you are currently pursuing a graduate degree, one reference must be from a faculty member in your academic department.

Two-page essay
on why the individual needs and desires a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management.

One-page biography
which includes the student’s educational and work experience, as an aid to the admission decision.

Questions about the application process? Call Jamie at 859-323-7341

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management consists of 15 credit hours including two required 3 credit hour courses. Students may select from a variety of electives totaling nine credit hours.

Required Courses

CPH 650 Management of Public Health Organizations (3)
CPH 652 Health Finance (3)

Selective Courses (choose three)

CPH 605 Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
CPH 653 Public Health Law & Policy (3)
CPH 655 Management Accounting for Healthcare Organizations (3)
CPH 658 Health Economics (3)
CPH 660 Geographic Information Systems in Public Health (3)
CPH 661 Bioethics for Public Health Professionals (3)
CPH 662 Public Health Response to Terrorism, Disasters, and Emergencies (3)
CPH 663 Public Health Practice and Administration (3)
CPH 752 Leadership In Public Health (3)
CPH 776 Introduction to Global Public Health (3)
CPH 782 Information Systems in Health Care (3)

All course work for the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management must be completed within five years of admission.

Graduate Certificate students must maintain a CPH of 3.0 or better to progress in the curriculum.