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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.