Certificate in Health Policy

Program Highlights

Develop and hone the skills professionals need to work in health policy.


Spring Entry: November 1 | Summer Entry: March 1 | Fall Entry April 1

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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 flexible 15-credit program can be completed in as little as one year.

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 Associate 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 Policy Courses (9 Credits)

Influence and Process Courses (6 credits)

Admissions Requirements

Completed Online Application

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

Degree & GPA Requirement

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

Recommendations & Supplemental Data Form

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 copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply  page 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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