Health Policy and Practice
The successful implementation of public health programs requires the ability to understand and address complex policy questions. This is true for public health practitioners working on issues of climate change, or on initiatives to curb obesity or tobacco usage, or on programs that ensure access to reproductive health. In each case, the practitioner needs to understand the policy and politics of health systems, as well as the central economic and organizational variables at work.
The Certificate in Health Policy and Practice will prepare MPH students for this key role. The program provides a valuable framework for students from different disciplines to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to integrate issues of quality, access, and cost of healthcare with the associated political, social, and economic factors.
Drawing on the strength of the School’s faculty, students will learn from professors with first-hand experience in policy strategy and formulation. Graduates will be able to apply these skills both in the United States and abroad, and in a variety of public health arenas, including population and family health, environmental health, and epidemiology.
Health Policy and Practice is open to Columbia MPH students in:
Visit the School's Academics website for more information about Health Policy and Practice's required courses, certificate electives, and scheduling.
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