Department of Population and Public Health Sciences

Public Health Leadership Certificate Program

The Public Health Leadership (PHL) Certificate Program will provide students with both skills and a working knowledge of administrative principles necessary in applied public health and related professional settings. 

Those who complete the program will have achieved advanced competencies in strategy, leadership and organizational effectiveness. In addition, certificate students will have the ability to focus their study in budgeting, ethics, communications, grant writing, management and/or marketing.

The PHL Certificate Program is designed for health system and health plan administrators, health department employees, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals who could benefit from master's-level business courses.

Considering a Master’s Degree in Business, Public Health or Public Administration?

PHL Certificate Program graduates who wish to enhance their educational investment further are encouraged to apply to the following WSU master's degree programs:

Many course credits from the PHL Certificate Program are transferable to these WSU master's programs.

Program of Study

To earn the Certificate in Public Health Leadership (PHL), students must successfully complete four semester courses (12 credit hours): Required (6 credit hours): PPH 7510 Strategic Leadership in Health Care (3 credit hours) AND one of the following three courses:  PPH 7020, PPH 7030, or PPH 7040 (3 credit hours)

Electives (6 Credit Hours): Two courses from different subject areas:

  • PPH 7430: Health Awareness and Advocacy Communications
  • LDR 7050 Moral Leadership: Ethics, Social Justice, & Authenticity
  • MBA 7500: Leadership and Ethics
Finance & Budgeting
  • FIN 7500: Financial Management of Health Service Organizations
  • MPA 7010: Public Budgeting & Fiscal Management
Grant Writing
  • MPA 6340: Fundraising and Grant Writing
  • PPH 7440: Public Health Project Management
  • MGT 7030: Seminar in Human Resource Management
  • MGT 7060: Organizational Development and Change (Pre-req. MBA 7500)
  • MGT 7710: Fundamentals of Project Management
  • PPH 7420: Health Program Planning and Evaluation
  • PPH 7520: Problems in Population Health
  • MPA 7040: Managing Human Resources in Public Service
  • MBA 7600: Marketing Strategy

Application Process

To be admitted to the program, students must first be accepted into the Wright State University (WSU) Graduate School and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Minimum graduate school requirements include an earned bachelor’s and/or advanced graduate degree from an accredited college or university. 

If you are not currently enrolled at WSU, you must apply as a graduate non-degree-seeking student through the College of Graduate Programs and Honors Studies and complete the Certificate application (see link below). During the online application process, you will have an opportunity to select the PHL Certificate Program and submit the required documents.

If you are a current graduate student enrolled at WSU, please complete the online Certificate in Public Health Leadership application only. You will not need to apply to the WSU College of Graduate Programs.

All applicants should submit the online Certificate in Public Health Leadership application along with a one- to two-page personal statement describing their professional background and personal interest in the program.

For More Information

Review Certificate Student Handbook

For questions regarding admissions or administration, please contact  Lori Metivier, Program Coordinator, by phone at (937) 775-1427 or by email at

Last edited on 03/27/2024.