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Online Public Health Management Certificate of Completion
Author: Center for Public Service
Posted: September 2, 2011

The Division of Public Administration and Center for Public Service at Portland State University are pleased to announce a newly designed certificate in Health Systems and Public Health Management (HS & PHM), an online certificate of completion program.

The certificate in HS & PHM is especially designed to be relevant to current and aspiring managers seeking to expand or acquire new tools and skills to effectively manage people and programs in today’s rapidly changing and challenging health services landscape.

This program is designed to suit the needs of full-time, working professionals in health related fields.  The convenience of an online curriculum coupled with Quick Entry registration allows for a streamlined focus on the theoretical and practical facets of public health management.  Field-experienced faculty specializing in Oregon-specific public health issues will provide the tools necessary to design, manage, and improve organizational performance, implement organizational change and manage inter-organizational relationships across the health care continuum.

Students are required to take 6 courses or 18 graduate credit hours. Available classes include: 

PAH 579 – Health Information Technology and Systems Management (3 credits) - This course centers on how advances in information technology are driving fundamental changes throughout health care and transforming the health care industry. Students will gain an understanding of how to manage and use health information technology systems. The course will identify the various types of health care information systems, and assess the key issues confronting the management of such systems, including business needs, the relationship between organizational needs and technology capabilities, and the management and control of IT resources in a variety of health-related organizational settings.
PAH 573 – Values and Ethics in Health (3 credits) - This course addresses issues and questions regarding values and ethics in health, with particular attention to public health practice and health policy and management. It provides students with opportunities to consider issues in health and social services that challenge values and pose ethical issues, and assists students in addressing these issues in the context of both personal and organizational values and beliefs. Specific course content includes, but is not limited to, ethical issues such as reproductive issues, emerging diseases, product liability, pharmaceutical controls, advertising, occupational and environmental issues, and research dilemmas.

Moreover, since these courses are all existing and accredited, successful students can later apply some or all of these credits to either PSU’s Master of Public Health: Health Management and Policy (MPH:HMP) or Master of Public Administration: Health Administration (MPA:HA) degree upon admission to the program.

For those interested in starting the program now, the first class will be offered Fall term 2011. This class is PAH 574 – Health Systems Organization. You can register as a Non-Degree Graduate (Quick Entry) student at http://www.pdx.edu/admissions/nondegree-apply. Space is limited so we encourage participants to enroll by October 3, 2011.  

Learn how to develop and implement health policy, manage ethical conflicts and competing values, and much more. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity and join the next generation of public health leaders!