College of Health and Human Services2016-2017

Department of Health Sciences

Interdisciplinary Health Policy, Graduate Certificate

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2017

*This program is not currently accepting applications.*

This interdisciplinary graduate certificate in health policy will provide you with a basic understanding of the societal and personal factors that form the foundation for health policy and skills in policy analysis, policy development and advocacy for policy adoption. This certificate plan includes information about the social determinants of health that policy makers must consider in making fair and equitable policy and the policy development process. If you are currently employed in the health field you become better equipped to work with health policy makers at the local, state and federal government levels and with tribal nation government.


What Can I Do with a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Policy?

Some people want to help more than one person at a time. They want to make a difference for an entire population, and sometimes institutions and society need to change in order to make that difference. This certificate will help you develop the policy knowledge and skills to:

     * Make that change happen
     * Identify social and personal determinants of health important in policy development
     * Analyze institutional policies, ordinances or legislation
     * Write policy for an agency, a company or a nation
     * Influence policy makers on the job, or at the local, state or national level
     * Advocate for change in your community or your country

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Policy Analyst for a governmental public health agency
  • Legislative policy aide
  • Policy analyst for not-for-profit health organization
  • Health policy advocate

University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.
  • Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program).  See the “Details” tab for additional information.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 15
Major GPA 3.0
Additional Admission Requirements Required


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Certificate Requirements
  • Take the following 15 units with a minimum GPA of 3.0:

    Required Courses (9 units)

    • PSY 636, POS 671 (6 units)
    • HPI 698 Taken after courses above and after 3 units of Foundation or Policy Process courses. (3 units)
    Elective Courses (6 units)
    Interdisciplinary Foundation Courses, select from the following (3 units):
    Interdisciplinary Policy Process Courses, select from the following (3 units):
  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.  Under both circumstances, federal financial aid can be used for this certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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