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Course Description

Designed to Prepare

The Population Health Strategies Certificate will prepare you to perform community health assessments, analyzing health system and population data, crafting policy and funding for population health initiatives, and championing quality and safety initiatives.

Certificate courses

  • HHCM 516 Risk and Quality Management in Health Care - This course will explore the risk and quality management processes in depth. The student will be introduced to risk management strategies that reduce the likelihood of harm to people and financial loss in addition to quality management activities to ensure that standards are met and to optimize the quality of healthcare. As these functions are interwoven throughout the organization (e.g., information management, medical staff issues, insurance, claims administration, etc.), the concept of risk and quality management as “everyone’s responsibility” will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or department approval (3 quarter hours)
  • HIPS561 Statistics for Health Professionals - This course covers fundamental concepts and methods of statistics for data analysis, presentation, reporting and interpretation. Students will develop practical knowledge and skills for application of basic statistical analyses. Prerequisite: Enrollment requires department approval. (4 quarter hours)
  • HPOP 540 Essentials of Population Health - This course is designed as an overview of the essentials of population health practices to address the prioritized healthcare needs of populations with a goal of making recommendations to improve access to care, improve quality of care and reduce cost of care. Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or department approval. (3 quarter hours)
  • HPOP 541 Community Health Assessment -This course is designed as an overview of the essentials of population health practices to address the prioritized healthcare needs of populations with a goal of making recommendations to improve access to care, improve quality of care and reduce cost of care. Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or department approval. (3 quarter hours)

Assessment for Student Learning

Grading System

A 4.00 High Achievement
B 3.00 Above Average Achievement
C 2.00 Average Achievement
F 0.00 Failure

Grades without Associated Grade Points:

P Pass
F Fail

Assessment Methods

Assessment of student learning occurs through course exams, discussion board postings and research projects specific to each course.

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the following graduation requirements:

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 13 quarter hours of program courses
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all courses in the program curriculum
  • Successful completion of all course requirements within four years from the date of matriculation