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

Scholars learn to facilitate change in their organization, lead and supervise staff effectively, evaluate and improve programs, and much more.

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: The next cohort is scheduled to begin in 2023.

Format: One week-long on-site plus weekly webinars (Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Pacific)

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

Application Deadlines: We are not currently accepting individual applications. Contact Sarah Manchanda to discuss bringing this learning opportunity to groups in your organization.

Estimated Cost: $5,000 per person or $4,700 for groups of three or more from the same organization (limit of 5 people). Fees cover faculty, staff, facilities, program resources, and access to distance learning technologies. A deposit of $200 is required upon application.

Questions: For more information, contact Sarah Manchanda.

Intended Audience

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

Learning Goals and Formats

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

  • Program kick-off sessions. The program begins with a one-hour orientation webinar. Further orientation and initial instruction are provided during the on-site session in Seattle. The on-site also allows scholars to meet each other, which will be important for the group activities and engagement throughout the program.
  • Core courses. The core curriculum blocks are presented through a series of online courses and weekly webinars. The material covers three primary domains: managing people and teams, managing money, and managing information. For more information, review the sample course summaries.
  • Elective courses. Elective courses allow scholars to pursue more areas of management in greater depth, according to their interests. These courses are taken by the scholars at their own pace throughout the program.
  • Integrated project. The integrated project ensures new 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 they already have on their workplan.

Time Commitment

The Public Health Management Certificate 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 in their coursework. Scholars typically spend 6–8 hours per week on webinars, assignments, and readings.

For more information, review the sample Organizational Systems Block schedule.


View a sample program schedule for more details.

Application Checklist

Applications are currently closed. To apply you must submit an online application along with the following documents:

  1. CV/résumé
  2. Letter of support from agency director
  3. Program requirements document signed by applicant and immediate supervisor
  4. $200 deposit

Diversity Statement

Diverse backgrounds, embodiments, and experiences are essential to the critical thinking endeavor at the heart of 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 course materials that are at odds with personal beliefs and values.
  3. To talk to their instructor, coach, or the Program Director when they have concerns about program climate.

What’s the difference between NWCPHP’s Public Health Management Certificate and the Leadership Institute?

The Public Health 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
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Meagan Brown, PhD, MPH

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Rick Bruch

Technical Support
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Mary Kay Chess, PhD

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Tom Eversole, DVM, MS

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Grace Gorenflo, MPH, RN

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Bud Nicola, MD, MHSA, FACPM

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Nick Pinkham

Technical Support
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Jim Reid, MPA

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Megan Rogers, MS

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Nicole Sadow-Hasenberg, MPH

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Scholars in discussion at the Public Health Management Certificate Onsite
Leadership & Management
Certificate Programs and Institutes
12 months
Competency Domains: 
Financial Planning and Management Skills