Preparing Professionals to Work in Health Policy and Advocacy

The Certificate in Health Policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy is designed to provide a practical understanding of how the public policy process works, grounding in major health policies, and in-depth skills on how to influence health policy in today's challenging political and policy environment. Designed for leaders working in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, this 15-credit program can be completed in one year.


Fall Entry: July 1 | Spring Entry: November 1 | Summer Entry: March 15

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Expert Faculty and Practitioners

All courses are taught by Georgetown’s McCourt School faculty.  Our scholars and practitioners are intellectual leaders in the field of health policy, regularly called upon to advise policymakers.  The McCourt School's distinguished experts bring extensive scholarship, practical experience, and innovative teaching methods to the classroom help students become future policy leaders.

Access to Health Policy Resources

The McCourt School’s location in the center of the policy world in Washington, DC, and its institutional affiliation with Georgetown University School of Medicine, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, enable access to extensive resources, expert faculty, and cutting-edge research that greatly benefit and enrich the academic experience.

A Flexible Health Policy Curriculum Customized By You

The McCourt School offers a robust selection of courses in health policy, process, and influence. To earn the certificate, students must take 15 credits from the classes listed below (at least nine credits must focus on health policy specifically). With permission of the Assistant Dean of Academic & Student Affairs, students may substitute other courses to meet this requirement. Students must earn a B or better in all courses to complete the certificate.

Certificate courses are currently only offered in-person on Georgetown's main campus in Washington, DC.

The Certificate is not open to degree-seeking McCourt students.

Health Care Quality (PPOL 640)
Health Policy and Politics (PPOL 642)
Global Health (PPOL 782)

Health Care Access Demand Issues (PPOL 643)
Health Supply (PPOL 644)
Policy and Politics of Entitlements (PPOL 604)
Strategy in Public Policy (PPOL 639)
Public Policy Process (PPOL 510)
Strategic Advocacy: Lobbying/Interest Groups (PPOL 632)

Lobbying & Government Relations (PPOL 796)
State & Local Governance (PPOL 654)
Public Policy, Advocacy, and Social Change (PPOL 653)
Public Opinion and Public Behavior (PPOL 698)
Risk Management (PPOL 680)

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must submit the elements below before they can be reviewed for admissions consideration to the certificate program. Items are listed in the order they appear on the online application.

Completed Online Application

All McCourt School programs require an online application to be completed through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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Degree & GPA Requirement

Students must have a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 minimum GPA to apply to the certificate program.

Components Not Required for Submission

Letters of Recommendation and the Supplemental Data Form are NOT required for admission.

Personal Statement

A personal statement (maximum length of 500 words) explaining why the applicant wants to pursue the certificate and how obtaining this certificate would contribute to the attainment of the applicant’s professional goals.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Applicants must upload a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) illustrating work experience.


Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs.

International Applicants

TOEFL or IELTS scores: Only for students who did not receive their undergraduate or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the language of instruction for the entire institution.

Tuition Rate

Students pay graduate tuition for Arts and Sciences (GRD).

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Application Deadlines

Fall Entry: July 1

Spring Entry: November 1

Summer Entry: March 1

Are you ready to study health policy at the center of the policy world? 

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