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Online Graduate Certificate in Population Health Management

The online Graduate Certificate in Population Health Management is designed for healthcare professionals who want to gain the strategic knowledge and tools needed to effectively understand and respond to the challenges and opportunities within the healthcare industry across geographic and demographic populations

The University of Louisville’s Population Health Management 100% online graduate program presents a comprehensive overview of the current landscape of different healthcare populations. Students will learn about the strategies needed to forecast and improve healthcare models, understand the intricacies of patient billing and manage population health within the healthcare industry. This 4-course program is ideal for working healthcare professionals who seek to transform or create sustainable models for value-driven accountable care and decision making, with flexible learning without taking time away from their careers.

The online Graduate Certificate in Population Health Management is offered through the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville.

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  • Skip the GRE— not required for admission into the certificate program.
  • Gain applicable and transferable healthcare industry knowledge through courses in Health Policy and Analysis, Foundations of Public Health in Health Management, Population Health Management and more.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes, delivered over an 8-week, asynchronous course format.
  • Apply your certificate credits toward UofL’s online Master of Science in Health Administration, a top-ranked U.S. News & World Report and CAHME-accredited program (upon approval; must apply to the master’s program separately).*
*MSHA graduates or currently enrolled MSHA students are not eligible to receive the population health management certificate. The MSHA CAHME-accredited master’s degree is the appropriate and sufficient credential for development.



Complete your degree on your own time through fully online accelerated classes .

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12 Credit Hours

Expand your expertise in population health management with only 4 online courses

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1 Year

Complete the certificate program in less than 1 year.

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"This certificate provides twenty-first century healthcare system and organizations leaders in clinical or administrative roles the bases for more effective analyses and decision making for the population health of communities and markets at large."

Lee Bewley, Ph.D.
Program Director
Graduate Certificate in Population Health Management

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), the median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $101,340 in May of 2021 (bls.gov). In addition, employment of medical and health service managers is projected to grow by 28% in the next ten years, which is much faster than the average growth for all occupations.

A Graduate Certificate in Population Health Management can provide you with the expertise needed to advance into leadership roles within most healthcare organizations. Graduates are well-suited to apply their credentials toward the following roles and careers:

  • Care Coordinator
  • Clinical Manager
  • Chief Population Health Officer
  • Employee Wellness Manager
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Coach
  • Health Director
  • Health Service Manager
  • Healthcare Entrepreneur
  • Medical Manager
  • Patient Advocate and Navigator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Population Health Analyst
  • Program Manager
  • Public Health Manager

Preferred Application Deadline Term Start
August 1 Fall Term I Late August
November 15 Spring Term I January
Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance, and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time

Steps to Apply


Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited college or university.
  2. The typical successful applicant has an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.75 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
  3. Updated resume or curriculum vitae (admissions committee will review for healthcare experience).
  4. One-page personal statement written by the applicant that is a clear, substantive description of his or her career goals in public health and health care management.
Currently enrolled MSHA students and graduates are not eligible to receive the population health management certificate. The CAHME-accredited MSHA degree is the appropriate and sufficient credential for development

GMAT/GRE scores are not required for admission

International Applicants

If you live outside of the United States and intend to complete an online academic program from your home country, be sure to review these additional requirements for international students.

  • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States will require a foreign credential evaluation.
  • Students whose primary language is not English must show English language proficiency by attaining one of the following:
    • TOEFL score of 79 or higher (after conversion for test type)
    • IELTS test score of 6.5 or higher
    • Duolingo English test score of 105 or higher
    • Demonstration of a degree award from an acceptable English language institution, as formally documented by an appropriate institutional official

This is a twelve (12) credit hour certificate, offered 100% online. Each course is delivered in an 8-week, asynchronous format.

Course List Hours
PHMS 505 Government and Management of HCOs 3
PHMS 520 Foundations of Public Health in Health Management 3
PHMS 610 Health Policy and Analysis 3
PHMS 625 Population Health Management 3
Total Credit Hours 12


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