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.