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Management Certificate FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Management Certificate (Public Health Management Certificate).

NWCPHP Public Health Management Certificate FAQ

Find answers to frequently asked questions about NWCPHP's Public Health Management Certificate program. Don't see your question? Contact Janell Blackmer, Management Certificate Coordinator.

Who should apply for the Management Certificate?

The Public Health Management Certificate program is designed for managers in governmental public health who would benefit from management training, including: current mid-level managers, newly appointed managers, emerging managers.

What's the difference between the Management Certificate and the Leadership Institute?

The Management Certificate focuses on skills that provide structure and consistency within an organization. Some of these skills include budgeting, planning, staffing, conflict negotiation, and interpersonal understanding. The Leadership Institute focuses on skills designed to lead organizations through change or move organizations in a new direction. Some of these skills include visioning, self-understanding, motivating and inspiring others, and aligning people. Both sets of skills are needed for a successful organization.

My supervisor has questions about how this will benefit my organization. What can I share with them?

Our trainings are designed to help participants gain new skills that can be applied right away to on-the-job work, allowing your agency to reap the benefits immediately. Download and share our flyer to learn more.

What is the time commitment?

The Management Certificate is held during a 12-month period, from June 2019 to June 2020. One on-site session is required lasting four days in Seattle, Washington, on the University of Washington campus (July 29 - August 1, 2019). Scholars are also required to participate in weekly webinars (Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific, starting September 3, 2019 and ending in May 2020) and other distance-related assignments during the program year. There is a two-week break in December. For more information see the Schedule and Curriculum.

The Management Certificate program is designed to take participants beyond a simple awareness level of new skills and topics. As such, scholars are expected to invest a significant amount of time each week into their coursework. Scholars typically spend 6–8 hours per week on webinars, assignments, and readings.

What is the cost?

Please see the Management Certificate Cost page. Note that these costs cover faculty, facilities, access to distance learning technologies, as well as some meals during the on-site session. They do not cover travel expenses to and from the on-site session or hotel/boarding.

Where should I stay during the Seattle on-site session in August?

Our on-site will be held at the University of Washington Tower, 4333 NE 45th Street, Seattle. There are a number of hotels located within walking distance or which provide shuttles to the area. Please see the Where to Stay page for more information.

Can I earn continuing education credits?

The 2019–2020 Public Health Management Certificate does not offer continuing education credits.

Do I need a computer or laptop to participate?

Yes. You will be required to have a laptop or computer throughout the program that allows for webinar and online course participation. You will also need to bring a laptop with you to the onsite session in Seattle. Please check technical requirements to make sure your laptop or computer is compatible with our learning systems.

Is there Internet access during the on-site session?

Yes, the on-site facility has free Wi-Fi. You will need to provide your own laptop or other device for checking your email. As noted above, you will need to bring a laptop with you to the on-site session, which will need to have the ability to access the Wi-Fi. Please see technical requirements for more information.


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under 1UB6HP31690 Public Health Training Centers for $767,470 (75% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.