Certificates for Graduate Students
The purpose of the Graduate Certificates in Public Health offered by the Department of Health Services is to allow students to focus on a specialized area of study that complements their graduate degree program.
The certificate area of specialization is recorded on the UW transcript.
Students must be currently enrolled in a UW graduate program.
Priority is given to students in the Department of Health Services, but students from graduate programs in other schools and departments are eligible to apply.
- Comparative Effectiveness Research
- Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Health Management
- Maternal and Child Health
Comparative effectiveness research is a growing field that aims to generate evidence to improve health care decisions for patients and providers. It examines the benefits and risks of different medical or healthcare interventions, including drugs and medical technology. The results of these comparison studies are used by medical professionals to make better informed healthcare decisions and thereby improve patient care.
The Certificate Program in Emergency Preparedness and Response consists of a coordinated sequence of courses designed to provide graduates with a solid foundation in emergency preparedness and response. Students will gain a basic understanding of the roles of public health and other agencies in mounting a multidisciplinary response to a terrorist event or other public health emergency. This pathway is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize indications of a terrorist event or other public health emergency; meet the acute care needs of patients and victims, including pediatric and vulnerable populations, in a safe and appropriate manner; rapidly and effectively alert the public health system of such an event at the community, state and national level; and participate in a coordinated, multidisciplinary response.
The Graduate Certificate in Health Management program serves students with an interest in additional academic training in management and leadership aspects of health care and public health organizations and systems. Most Master of Public Health (MPH) graduates find that development of basic management skills and competencies is essential for progressing in operational and managerial roles within health care and public health programs, organizations, and systems. Graduates will obtain basic core competencies around management, personal leadership, and health care financial management.
Most MCH problems are the result of complex psychosocial, economic and physiological factors that require interdisciplinary approaches to study, prevention and treatment. The coordinated sequence of courses in the Maternal and Child Health Certificate are intended to give graduates an overview of the historical, political and legislative basis for health and social services for mothers and children in the United States, and to introduce students to the etiology and prevention of maternal mortality and major health problems, and the etiology and prevention of child mortality and morbidities associated with biomedical or psychosocial risk.