Certificate Program in Community Health Leadership Application and Admission Process
The next UW Certificate Program in Community Health Leadership will be offered in 2013. Preliminary planning is underway, and admission details will be provided as available.
The application deadline for the 2011 UW Certificate Program in Community
Health Leadership has been extended to January 19, 2011.
Details about the application process are available through the NWRPCA web site.
- eligibility assessment and financial commitment
- admission review
Stage One - Eligibility Assessment
Eligible participants include current executive directors or chief executive officers; medical, dental and pharmacy directors; chief financial officers; chief operating officers; and human resource directors, as well as mid-level managers who have been identified by their community or migrant health center executive director or chief executive officer as potential organizational leaders.
Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree. If you are interested in applying to this program without a bachelor's degree, you must include with your application a letter of recommendation from your executive director (or equivalent). It should be no more than one page and briefly address why you are well prepared for graduate level study. Please include official transcript(s) for any university credit you have taken, following the instructions in Stage Two below.
Stage Two - Compiling and Submitting Application Materials (due date: November 14)
The NWRPCA and UW MHA Program request the following application materials as the primary sources of evidence that an applicant has the capability and commitment to succeed in the certificate program and in a career management role in health care.
- UW Graduate Non-matriculated Status application form:
- Create a profile in the UW Graduate School online application at: https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/
- Select "Graduate Non-matriculated" as the application type
- Select a program: Health Services Administration - In Residence (Day) Program (MHA)
- Select "winter" as quarter of application
- Continue to follow the application instructions as they appear
- UW Certificate Program application form: Download Application Form
- Letter of Commitment: Download Letter Form
- Résumé/Curriculum Vitae: An applicant's résumé/cv should interpret his/her educational and work experience as related to a health management career. It should include a complete history of your academic experience, professional/work experience, volunteer work, membership in professional organizations and/or licenses held, honors received (scholarships, awards, etc.), and publications (if any).
- Transcripts: Submit two official copies of your bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university, in their original sealed envelopes. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is expected. If an institution will not send official transcripts to you, you may have them forward the transcripts directly to the NWRPCA.
- If you have been approved by the NWRPCA to apply for this program without a bachelor's degree, you must include a letter of recommendation from your executive director (or equivalent), no more than one page, that briefly addresses why you are well prepared for graduate level study. Please include official transcript(s) for any university credit you have taken, following the instructions directly above.
This application is required to earn graduate credit for the courses offered through this program. It must be submitted online. See the following tips for completing the online form:
Individuals interested in applying must request a letter of commitment from the executive director, chief executive officer, or equivalent of their community/migrant health center. A template for the letter of commitment can be provided by NWRPCA upon request. Inquiries can be directed to Leadership Institute Coordinator, NWRPCA, at 206-783-3004 x24 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters of commitment must include a financial commitment of 50% of the full program tuition to be paid directly to NWRPCA. Checks should be made payable to NWRPCA and mailed with the letter of commitment. An acknowledgement will be sent by NWRPCA upon receipt of the commitment letter and deposit.
Note that computer proficiency is expected with basic spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation software, as well as sending and receiving e-mail attachments and performing searches on the World Wide Web. These skills are essential in order to complete course work and communicate with faculty, staff, and fellow students. Course work will assume students are computer proficient.
Please compile all required materials and submit in one packet to:
Attn: Leadership Institute Coordinator
Northwest Regional Primary Care Association
6512 -23rd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117
An email acknowledgement will be sent by NWRPCA upon receipt of the application and deposit.
Stage Three - Admission Review (admission decisions announced by/on December 15)
Complete applications will be reviewed following the application deadline (see Stage Two above). After the initial review by the NWRPCA admissions committee, you will be notified of your pending status. If your application meets their requirements it will be forwarded to the UW Department of Health Services admissions committee for final review.
Upon review, you will be notified as to whether or not you have been accepted into the program. You should receive this notification in mid-December.
If you have general questions about the program, your eligibility, or the financial commitment (including additional tuition and fees deadlines), please review the Q&A document at http://www.nwrpca.org/content/index.php?pid=17 or contact:
Leadership Institute Coordinator
Northwest Regional Primary Care Association
206-783-3004, ext 24
If you have questions about the application instructions or forms, please contact:
Donna M. Porter
Manager, Program Operations/Student Services
Graduate Programs in Health Services Administration
Department of Health Services, SPH
University of Washington
Enrollment and Registration
Additional materials regarding enrollment confirmation, university resources, and the registration process will be available following admission decision announcements.
Again, thank you for your interest in the Certificate Program in Community Health Leadership. We look forward to reviewing your application materials.