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College of Management and Human Potential: Certificates:
Graduate Certificate in Population Health

Graduate Certificate in Population Health

This program is not currently accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.

Healthcare delivery systems in the United States and around the world are evolving and are challenged by aging populations, rising healthcare costs, less than optimal patient care and business outcomes, and economic inefficiencies. Population health is a broad-based, system-wide response to these challenges. Population health is defined as the health outcomes of a group of individuals within a targeted population, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. Contemporary population health aims to prevent and cure the population’s chronic diseases through engaging the healthcare stakeholders (community, providers, healthcare consumers, government agencies, and payers) and by integrating evidence-based clinical care and healthcare management practices to address and improve population health needs and requirements within the complex and changing landscape.

This certificate provides a comprehensive foundation in the essentials of population health—new care-delivery structures, socioeconomic determinants of disease, data analytics, and identification of community health needs. This program enables students to enhance their skills in population health to lead and manage complex population healthcare programs and services. This certificate also allows students to continue their studies later to earn a full Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree.

Certificate Requirements

  • 20 total quarter credits


Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
Quarter 1

MMHA 6510 - Essentials of the U.S. Healthcare Delivery System and Population Health

5 credits

MMHA 6520 - Health Informatics and Population Health Analytics

5 credits
Quarter 2

MMHA 6530 - Disease Prevention and Care Management

5 credits

MMHA 6540 - Population Health Management Applications

5 credits