Certificate in Health Policy
Develop and hone the skills professionals need to work in health policy.
Type of Degree
Fall Entry: July 1 | Spring Entry: November 1 | Summer Entry March 15
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)
- 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)
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Influence and Process Courses (6 credits)
- 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)
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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.
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.
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.
Students pay graduate tuition for Arts and Sciences (GRD).