The health care service delivery landscape is rapidly transforming, and new competencies are required for clinicians to effectively navigate and succeed in this every changing health delivery environment.
Health systems across the nation are confronting the realities of rising costs, inefficiencies in systems and poor health outcomes. Population health is a broad approach that can be used to respond to these challenges, and aims at addressing disease and injury prevention with approaches that engage communities and populations through integration of public health and clinical practices.
The Population Health Certificate prepares individuals with the skills to examine and respond to the challenges and opportunities to improve health within and across populations. The Graduate Population Health Certificate provides a comprehensive foundation in the essentials of delivering effective population health across the continuum of care. There is increasing demand for health professionals that can navigate the ever changing and complex healthcare landscape. This program is structured to guide health care professionals, or health professions students seeking to transform or create sustainable models of care from a population health perspective.
Upon completion of the Population Health Certificate, students will acquire skills necessary to:
- Examine the complex healthcare landscape from a population health perspective.
- 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.
- Investigate new priorities in disease and injury prevention in population health.
- Evaluate evidence-based practices and comparative effectiveness of interventions.
- Interpret public health policy established by the population health framework.
- Identify key socio-economic and cultural determinants of population health outcomes.
- Analyze the structure and economics of the U.S. healthcare system and their impact on
population health outcomes.
- Advocate effectively to constituencies both within and outside of the health system about the population health perspective.
What Is Public Health?
Public health, commonly referred to as population health, promotes and protects the health of communities and improves the quality of life for all people. The goal of public health is to promote disease and injury prevention through research, community interventions and education. A further defining goal of public health is its work towards addressing and eradicating health disparities and promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility.
Public health is a dynamic, diverse, and growing field where practitioners work from a myriad of disciplines and approaches to improve the health and lives of people. Practitioners work together to address the root causes of complex and multi-faceted health problems in order to develop practical, sustainable and cost-effective solutions.
For more information about cost of attendance, see our financial aid page. Tuition scholarships are available for INOVA, Valley Health and SU Alumni. See the Graduate Scholarships and Tuition Discounts page.
Population Health Certificate Required Courses
- PH 502- Population Health for the Health Professions (3 credits)
- PH 505- Sociocultural Aspects of Public Health (3 credits)
- PH 515- Epidemiology (3 credits)
- PH 520- Health Policy and Management (3 credits)
Total- 12 Credits
Shenandoah University’s Public Health professors bring a breadth and depth of public health experience to the program from research, private companies, other health fields, international work and academia.
Director of Graduate Public Health ProgramsFull Biography
Visiting Assistant Professor of Public HealthFull Biography
International Learning Opportunities
Public Health students have participated in a variety of international opportunities such as attending the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland. Global Experiential Learning (GEL) classes are also offered each year for students to work on community health education. Recent Public Health GEL trip destinations include Haiti, Uganda and Nepal.