The Certificate in Health Policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University develops and hones the skills professionals need to work in health policy.  The Health Policy Certificate program is designed to provide a practical understanding of how the public policy process works, grounding in major health policies, and in-depth skills on how to influence health policy in today’s challenging political and policy environment.  Designed for leaders working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, this 15-credit program can be completed in one year.

As the highest-ranking program in public policy analysis in the Washington area, the McCourt School of Public Policy has significant expertise in delivering courses in health policy and the policy process.  The School’s location in the center of the policy world in Washington, DC, and its institutional affiliation with Georgetown University School of Medicine, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, enable access to extensive resources, expert faculty, and cutting-edge research that greatly benefit and enrich the academic experience.


Application Deadlines

Spring 2020

November 1, 2019

Summer 2020

March 1, 2020

          Fall 2020

               July 1, 2020


Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page. When completing the online application, choose the Certificate in Health Policy program under the Department  “Certificate Programs.”

Please read the complete admissions information found on the the Certificate in Health Policy pages at

All prospective Certificate students should submit the following:

  • Online Admissions Application
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Personal statement (maximum length of 500 words) explaining why you want to pursue the certificate and how obtaining this certificate would contribute to the attainment of your professional goals.
  • Unofficial Transcripts- Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs.

  • Students must have a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 minimum GPA to apply to the Certificate program.
  • TOEFL/IELTS (required for all non-native English speakers, see below)



All applicants who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. All other non-native speakers must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test.  Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  TOEFL information:  

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information:

Certificate Requirements

Students must select and complete 15 credits from the classes listed below. At least nine credits must focus on health policy (classes that meet this criteria are bolded below). With permission of the McCourt School's Assistant Dean of Academic & Student Affairs, students may substitute other courses to meet this requirement. Students must earn a B or better in all courses to complete the certificate.

  • Health Care Quality (PPOL 640)
  • Health Policy and Politics (PPOL 642)
  • Global Health (PPOL 782)
  • Strategy and Public Policy (PPOL 639)
  • Public Policy Process (PPOL 510)
  • Strategic Advocacy: Lobbying/Interest Groups (PPOL 632)
  • Lobbying and Government Relations (PPOL 796)
  • Health Demand (PPOL 643)
  • Health Supply (PPOL 644)
  • Policy and Politics of Entitlements (PPOL 604)
  • State and Local Governance (PPOL 654)
  • Public Policy, Advocacy, and Social Change (PPOL 653)
  • Public Opinion and Public Behavior (PPOL 693)
  • Risk Management (PPOL 680)

All courses are taught by Georgetown’s McCourt School faculty. Our scholars and practitioners are intellectual leaders in the field of health policy, regularly called upon to advise policymakers. The McCourt School’s distinguished experts bring extensive scholarship, practical experience, and innovative teaching methods to the classroom help students become future policy leaders.


Students pay graduate tuition for Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRD). See the current tuition rate.


John Dolan
Associate Director for Executive Education

Telephone:  (202) 687-9103

For more information about this certificate program, please visit the Certificate in Health Policy web page.