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Graduate Certificate in Health Policy

The College of Nursing in collaboration with the Department of Public Health – College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and the College of Law offers an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in Health Policy. Concurrently enrolled University of Tennessee graduate students from all disciplines and community members with a Master’s degree or higher with an interest in issues related to health and health care are eligible to apply to the graduate certificate program in health policy.  The aim of the program is to prepare leaders, practitioners, researchers, and educators from law, nursing, public health, and other disciplines to be active in various policymaking activities. Course experiences will foster the examination and application of current policy research and the development of skills related to policy analysis, research, program evaluation, and advocacy.

Please note that both Stand-Alone and Add-On Certificate Programs/courses are subject to the College of Nursing’s schedule of fees. For a list and break-down of those fees, please refer to our Graduate Fees page.


A minimum of 12 hours is required for the certificate.  Required courses include:

  • NURS 612: Health and Policy/Planning, 3 credit hours
  • Choose one course, 3 credit hours:
    • PUBH 520: Public Health Policy and Administration or
    • PUBH 526: Health Care and Public Health Systems or
    • Law 963: Health Law Finance and Organization
  • Elective(s) – 3 credit hours minimum
    • Selected in consultation with departmental advisor and approved by the certificate program coordinator
  • NURS 614: Preceptorship in Health Policy, 3 credit hours minimum
    • Must be separate and distinct from any concurrent degree requirement. See below for more details. 

Students must complete a 3 credit hour preceptorship arranged with a faculty member or health agency and/or other organizational leader involved in policymaking related to health and/or healthcare.  Under the supervision of a faculty member and in collaboration with a preceptor, the student will design and implement a specific health policy project. The student is responsible for defining objectives, outlining deliverables, and selecting an evaluation method for the preceptorship experience. All projects must be approved by the certificate program coordinator.

Applying to the Health Policy Graduate Certificate

Concurrently enrolled University of Tennessee graduate or law students must apply to the Health Policy graduate certificate program before completing 6 credit hours toward the certificate.  An essay and letters of recommendation are not required.  The application fee is waived for concurrently enrolled graduate or law students.

Certificate Program Completion

For concurrently enrolled graduate and law students, certificates are awarded at graduation.  Application must be made by the published deadlines of the Graduate School.  Students must deliver a completed Graduate Certificate Course Verification form to the certificate program coordinator by the published deadlines of the Graduate School.  Forms are available at:  Graduate School deadlines can be found at:

Certificate candidates must currently be admitted to a graduate program at the university or hold a terminal degree and be a graduate student in good standing and comply with all other applicable academic policies. Total hours may vary based on the student’s academic record, experiences, and objectives.  Each student will be assigned a departmental advisor while enrolled in the certificate program.

Certificate Program Coordinator

Carole R. Myers,

Need more information?

Please contact the appropriate departmental advisor:


Program Chair Graduate Programs Advisor
Carole R. Myers