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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: June 2019 – June 2020

Format: Distance-based and in-person learning, small groups

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: The application period for the 2019–2020 cohort is now closed. Check back in spring 2020 for more information about the next cohort.

Cost: 2019 costs were $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 most meals during the on-site sessions. They do not cover travel or lodging expenses to and from the in-person sessions.

Questions: For more information, contact Janell Blackmer.

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 orientation webinar in June. Further orientation and initial curriculum are provided during an on-site session over four days in Seattle, typically in late July. The on-site 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 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.
  • 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.

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.


See a sample schedule from previous years for more detail.

Faculty and Staff

Janell Blackmer

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

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

NWCPHP, University of Washington
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Rick Bruch

Technical Support
NWCPHP Web Computing Specialist
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Mary Kay Chess, PhD

Presidio Graduate School, Pinchot University
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Tom Eversole, DVM, MS

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Grace Gorenflo, MPH, RN

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

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

Senior Lecturer, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
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Photograph of a group of scholars in a lecture hall.
Leadership & Management
Certificate Programs and Institutes
12 months
Competency Domains: 
Financial Planning and Management Skills