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Public Health Policy Post-Doctoral Certificate

In an increasingly complex society where health and policy intersect, there is a demand for leaders in public health and public health policy. The post-doctoral certificate in public health policy provides an opportunity for doctorally-prepared healthcare leaders and clinicians to gain concentrated theory and practice to advance public health initiatives at the local, state, regional and national level.

Program Perks
  • Earn the post-doctoral certificate by completing five courses (15 credits).
  • Includes courses unique to public health and health policy.
  • Taught by faculty members with considerable experience in their fields.
  • Flexible online format allows you to advance your education while balancing personal and professional responsibilities.
  • Complete the program in as few as nine months.

Accreditation & Licensure

Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Information


In order to be eligible for admission into our post-doctoral certificate program, you must meet all of the following criteria.

  • Doctoral degree with a health-related focus is preferred.
  • Health or healthcare policy graduate-level course completed in the last five years.  If none, IDS 754, Healthcare Policy will be added to the plan of study.


To be considered for admission, the following items must be submitted to the admissions office:


Prospective students may apply anytime and are accepted from deadlines throughout the year. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and students will be notified of their application status by postal mail, email or phone.

Starting Term - Spring 2024

Standard Deadline - Rolling Deadline

Costs & Financial Aid

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

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Employee Education Benefits

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.

External Scholarships

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The Public Health Policy Post-Doctoral Certificate curriculum follows an online format, with access to faculty with years of teaching, leadership and academia experience.

Post Doctoral Courses

IDS 780
Advanced Public Health

This course lays the framework for the advanced public health role with an emphasis on public health policy. This course explores conceptual models and frameworks to examine complex public health issues, systems, policies and practice. Students evaluate community issues and integrate clinical health practices emphasizing a health promotion and prevention approach while addressing health disparities of vulnerable and diverse populations.

IDS 784
Public Health Ethics

This course provides a foundation for a systematic process to clarify, prioritize and justify ethical principles and values that guide public health action. Students will compare and contract public health ethics to bioethics and medical ethics that guide biology and clinical medicine, which are individual or patient-centered. Throughout this course students will distinguish public health ethics as a population-based approach to public health as a field of study.

IDS 788
Civic Health

This course uses the Culture of Health framework to examine the role of civic health in the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Students will examine civic health indicators (volunteering, giving, group membership, trust in institutions, social interactions, neighbor connectedness, and voting, registration and political involvement) in relation to population-based care, health policy, ethics and finance. Examination of social change leadership, analysis of civic-related research and exploration of civic identity will further student civic and public purpose as a healthcare professional and educated citizen.

SSC 734

This course engages students in a comprehensive study of the concepts of epidemiology in relation to healthcare practice, public health and health policy. Concepts of health, risk, disease causality and strategies to reduce the incidence and prevalence of health problems will be examined.

Meet the Faculty

Our faculty are highly experienced and credentialed, giving you constant real-world insight you can use.

While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal experience. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

Meet the Faculty