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Advancing Careers with the Public Health Management Certificate Program

Three Public Health Management Certificate scholars—Trisha Gardner, Tanya Houston, and Jill Boettcher—have used the program to advance their careers.
Advancing Careers with the Public Health Management Certificate Program

The Public Health Management Certificate Program's 2013–2014 cohort, which included Trisha Gardner, Tanya Houston, and Jill Boettcher.

Three Public Health Management Certificate scholars—Trisha Gardner, Tanya Houston, and Jill Boettcher—have used the program to advance their careers.

June 25, 2015

One of the great advantages of attending the Public Health Management Certificate program is participants come away with comprehensive skills that enhance their abilities to lead as collaborative managers. During the 2013–2014 cohort year, three staff members of Montana’s Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD)—Trisha Gardner, Tanya Houston, and Jill Boettcher—participated in the program, and have since moved into advanced roles within the organization.

For Trisha Gardner, a former Health Community Education Specialist/Case Manager, the program provided an opportunity to learn and practice new skills that she had little previous experience with before. “The Public Health Management Certificate helped me enhance and acquire practical skills—such as running effective meetings, handling conflict, and managing projects—giving me the confidence to apply for the leadership position I have now.” In December 2014, Gardner assumed the role of Privacy Officer/Accreditation Coordinator. Today, she still finds herself applying many of the skills she acquired from the program in her day-to-day work.

Around the same time Gardner stepped into her new role, Jill Boettcher also became sole lead for the Prevention Services Division. As for fellow staff member Tanya Houston—who has a background in communications—having the certificate under her belt helped her meet the minimum qualifications needed to apply for the Health Officer position that she has now.

Houston explained that the program gave her an opportunity to learn about a variety of topics, which greatly expanded her knowledge about public health. “I appreciated the fact that the topics covered had practical application,” said Houston. “The financial component of the program has particularly been useful in my role as Health Officer.”

All three scholars share the sentiment that the program not only gave them the tools necessary for their new roles, but rather skills that could be applied throughout their entire public health careers.

CCHD continues to offer the Public Health Management Certificate program as a training opportunity for their staff and utilizes the program for workforce development initiatives. Each of the three participants, Gardner, Houston, and Boettcher, learned of the program from their supervisors who encouraged them to apply. Three more staff members from CCHD were accepted into the 2015–2016 cohort year.

Applications for the Public Health Management Certificate program are being accepted for the 2015–2016 cohort year. Discounts are available for organizations that send a group of three or more people. Final registration closes on July 1, 2015. For more information, contact Janell Blackmer, Program Coordinator.

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