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Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Public Health Training, Research, and Evaluation for the Northwest

Public Health Management Certificate

The Public Health Management Certificate is a year-long program that helps public health professionals develop core management skills.

Quick Facts

Focus: Scholars will increase efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability at their workplace by developing core management functions—planning, organizing, budgeting, and analyzing performance.

When: September 2020 – August 2021

Format: Distance-based and in-person learning; one Seattle on-site or virtual intensive session (September, 2020), plus weekly webinars (Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific).

Who Should Apply: Mid-career public health professionals who are in a management position or preparing to make a transition into a management role.

Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted through July 24, with early-bird rates available to those who apply by June 15.

Cost: 2020 costs are $4,500 per person or $4,300 per person for groups of three or more; early-bird rate $4,000 per person or $3,800 per person for groups of three or more. Fees cover faculty, staff, facilities, program resources, access to distance learning technologies, and some meals during the on-site sessions. They do not cover travel or lodging expenses to and from the in-person sessions. A deposit of $200 is required upon application.

Cancellations submitted by July 31, 2020, will be issued a refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations submitted between August 1 and September 7, 2020, will be issued a refund minus a $200 cancellation fee will be issued. Payment is forfeit if cancellation is submitted on or after September 8, 2020.

Questions: For more information, contact Ashley Bullock.

Intended Audience

Public health professionals who are in a management position or preparing to make a transition into management.

Learning Goals and Formats

The program curriculum covers management competencies selected from core competencies developed by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice. Learning takes place through the following activities.

  • Program kickoff sessions. The program begins with an online orientation webinar on August 3, 2020 from 10 am to 11 am Pacific. Further orientation and initial curriculum are provided during an on-site session in Seattle or a week-long virtual intensive session in September 2020. The September session also provides the scholars an opportunity to become acquainted with each other, which will be important for the group activities and engagement throughout the program.
  • Core courses. The core courses are presented through a series of online courses and weekly webinars, providing progressive learning experiences. Curriculum topics fall within three domains: managing people and teams, managing money, and managing information.
  • Elective courses. Elective courses allow each scholar to pursue one or more areas of management in greater depth, according to their interests. These courses are taken by the scholars at their own pace.
  • Integrated project. The integrated project experience makes sure that these skills aren't just learned—they're applied. Each scholar chooses a project that is timely and relevant to their current job. It is ideally something that they already have on their workplan.

Time Commitment

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. Scholars also attend weekly webinars on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific.

For a sample of the required course work, see the 2019 Organizational Systems Block schedule.

Schedule

See the draft 2020–21 program schedule for more details. The final schedule will be distributed at the orientation webinar in August.

Application checklist

To apply you must submit an online application along with the following three documents:

  1. CV/résumé
  2. Letter of support from agency director 
  3. Program requirements document signed by applicant and immediate supervisor
  4. $200 deposit, which can be submitted to the PHMC program manager, Ashley Bullock 

Directions on the required documents including how to submit them to NWCPHP are included in the online application.

Diversity Statement

Diverse backgrounds, embodiments and experiences are essential to the critical thinking endeavor at the heart of University education. NWCPHP brings this to all of our programs and trainings. As such, scholars are expected:

  1. To respect individual differences, which may include, but are not limited to, age, cultural background, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender, immigration status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and veteran status.
  2. To engage respectfully in the discussion of diverse worldviews and ideologies embedded in course readings, presentations and artifacts, including those course materials that are at odds with personal beliefs and values.
  3. To talk to their instructor, coach, the Assistant Dean for EDI, or the Program Director when they have concerns about program climate.

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.

Faculty and Staff

Janell Blackmer

Program Director, Instructor
NWCPHP Associate Director for Center Operations
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Sharon Bogan, MPH

Instructor
Communications Project Manager, Public Health - Seattle & King County
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Meagan Brown, PhD, MPH

Instructor
NWCPHP, University of Washington
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Rick Bruch

Technical Support
NWCPHP Web Computing Specialist
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Ashley Bullock, MPH

Program Coordinator
NWCPHP Continuing Education Coordinator
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Mary Kay Chess, PhD

Instructor
Core Faculty, Saybrook University
Department of Sustainable Leadership and Management
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Tom Eversole, DVM, MS

Coach
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Grace Gorenflo, MPH, RN

Instructor
Public Health Consultant, Gorenflo Consulting, Inc.
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Sarah Manchanda

Technical Support and Webinar Facilitation
NWCPHP E-Learning Manager
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Bud Nicola, MD, MHSA, FACPM

Coach
Affiliate Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health, University of Washington
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Jim Reid, MPA

Instructor
Senior Lecturer, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
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Scholars in discussion at the Public Health Management Certificate Onsite
Topics: 
Leadership & Management
Format: 
Certificate Programs and Institutes
Duration: 
12 months
Cost: 
Varies
Competency Domains: 
Financial Planning and Management Skills