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Community Health Investment Certificate

Community Health Investment Certificate Overview


In the Community Health Investment certificate program, students will explore health equity, and social determinants to develop a broad understanding of community health and identify collaborative opportunities for healthcare providers and community-based partners.

Course work includes an emphasis on skill set development in interpreting data from health systems, community health needs assessments, payers, public data sets, emerging geospatial analytics and information systems. Students will delve into the roles of policy and regulatory requirements, along with emerging funding models.

The certificate blends foundational concepts and application with a goal of preparing champions and leaders of community and health system collaborations to serve communities. Using a case-based approach, learners will use quality improvement and performance management methods to address specific social drivers (e.g. food insecurity, housing instability, transportation barriers, education, social isolation, financial insecurity), public health, and how to address the poor and vulnerable. During the capstone course, students will be involved in creating, implementing or evaluating a community health advancement program or project.

This certificate is specifically designed for students interested in working in health systems that are committed to improving the health of their communities by being a community health worker or those who would like to work in human services.  It can be used as a pathway for an advanced degree while obtaining competencies for leadership in the health system of the future.  Experts from the field will be part of the program to support networking, future placement and an emerging role of public health in health systems.


Program Curriculum

Community Health Investment


Program Costs

The University of Providence is committed to affordability and providing pricing transparency for all School of Health Professions programs. Pricing transparency at UP includes:

  • Accessible and up-to-date information on tuition costs, university fees, application and admission fees, deposit amounts, and additional program costs.
  • Cost of attendance worksheets outlining specific tuition layouts by program and semester.
  • Information about scholarship opportunities and tuition discounts for specific groups.
  • Information about the financial aid process.


Visit our Tuition and Fees page to access the latest pricing information. Access the Community Health Investment Certificate Estimated Cost Breakdown Sheet to view specific pricing information for this degree program, including a cost breakdown by semester and associated program costs. Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the financial aid process.


Healthcare Professionals Tuition Incentive

The University of Providence is committed to supporting the healthcare workforce by empowering current healthcare professionals to start, enhance or advance their career in healthcare. The Healthcare Professionals Tuition Incentive (HPTI) Program provides currently employed healthcare professionals with the opportunity to apply tuition discounts to in-demand programs offered through our School of Health Professions catalog.

Visit the Healthcare Professionals Tuition Incentive Program page to learn more.


Providence Health & Services Partnership

Our unique partnership with Providence Health allows eligible Providence Caregivers and their dependents to receive an exceptional education from an accredited, faith-based, university. Caregivers and their dependents who enroll at the University of Providence may receive many possible benefits, such as discounted tuition rates and preferred admission, as part of their education benefits. Visit the Providence Human Resources Service Portal to learn more about caregiver education benefits, the application process for our programs, and tuition discounts.


Skills You’ll Learn

We are fortunate to be partnering with Catholic Health Association and in addition to our faculty our advisory board will engage our students in creating, implementing or evaluating community health investments or initiatives in a real world setting with one of our healthy system partners.


Career Outcomes

The certificate blends foundational concepts and application with a goal of preparing champions and leaders of community and health system collaborations to serve communities. Using a case-based approach, learners will use quality improvement and performance management methods to address specific social drivers (e.g. food insecurity, housing instability, transportation barriers, education, social isolation, financial insecurity). The blending of clinical care and social care is the future of health systems and understanding the role of health systems and how to invest and collaborate will be a necessary for every leader.  This certificate will give foundation information for policies, regulations, data driven decisions, and evaluation of investment portfolios.

Program Objectives

1. Analyze and understand concepts of community health, population health, health equity, social drivers of health; understand differences and synergies between concepts, and describe how they are applied in partnership with others, in our communities and health systems
2. Demonstrate clear understanding of policy and regulatory requirements for community benefit; principles and concepts of upstream quality improvement; community health data and analytics; financing community health; principles of health equity
3. Apply skills of ethical leadership with strategic internal and community partnerships to support health systems and community partners, to define their roles in advancing community health and equity.

Program Themes
  • Compassionate caring with the poor and vulnerable
  • Advancing community health and equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Developing ethical leadership and strategic partnerships
  • Effective communication and community engagement
  • Advancing lifelong learning and developing pathway for equitable workforce development
  • Addressing upstream social drivers of health with rigor, quality improvement, and return on social and financial investment
Program Leadership

The CHI Certificate Program is led by experienced Community Health Investment professionals:

Dora Barilla, DrPH, President and Co-Founder HC2 Strategies
Dana Codron, Providence Regional Director Community Health Investment – Northern California
Tavia Hatfield, M Ed, Providence Regional Director Community Health Investment – Texas and New Mexico

Program Design

The Community Health Investment Certificate Program is offered as both a freestanding option and an addition to the University of Providence Master of Healthcare Administration. The MHA is aligned with 19 competencies (https://www.uprovidence.edu/mha-program-mission-competencies-and-accreditation/) from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). The University of Providence MHA program has been granted eligibility for accreditation by the Commission on Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and has submitted candidacy documents. If approved, the program will advance to candidacy and self-study in preparation for accreditation site visit. Instructional design of the Community Health Investment courses and syllabi is guided by Quality Matters (QM) principles to enhance the online learning experience.

The certificate may be completed prior to enrolling in the MHA program of after completion of the MHA.

Additional Program Information

Information regarding program cost, application, curriculum can be found below

Application Information
  • Application:  Click Here to complete the online application
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcript(s) showing degree completion must be submitted to the university. Transcripts should be sent to the University of Providence via email from the institution, Parchment or the Student Clearinghouse or mailed to University of Providence, 1301 20th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405.
  • Résumé: Submission of a résumé is required.
  • Application Fee:$38 application fee required by GradCAS.
    For questions email: healthprograms@uprovidence.edu
Program Entry Requirements
  • Students must have completed a Bachelor’s degree
  • Seats are limited. Preference will be given to professionals working within healthcare, community health, population health, and public health, as well as to applicants with resumes indicative of a direct relationship to aspects of Community Health Investment.
Program Format
  • Content delivery: 8-week online master’s level courses with short breaks between courses.
  • Courses are designed for working professionals.
  • Length of semesters: Two 8-week terms and a brief break within each semester.
  • Program length if all courses are taken in sequence: 3 semesters.
Community Health Investment Certificate Courses

Semester I (6 credits)
MHA 507 Essentials of Community Health & Health Equity – Term 1 Semester 1
MHA 508 Health Inequities & Social Epidemiology – Term 2 Semester 1

Semester II (6 credits)
MHA 509 Community Health Data Analytics & Financing –  Term 1 Semester 2
MHA 513 Introduction Upstream Improvement Community Health – Term 2 Semester 2

Semester III (4 credits)
MHA 525 Transformational Leadership – Term 1 Semester 3
MHA 694 Internship/Capstone Project – Term 2 Semester 3

Elective: MHA 521 Population Health –A Community Orientation (1 credit hour)
May be taken Semester 2 Term 2

Total Minimum Semester Credits 16
With Elective Credit 17

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the Community Health Investment Certificate?

The certificate was designed to be finished in 3 semesters.  Each class lasts 8 weeks and ideally two courses are taken per semester.

What fields can I work in with this certificate?

You can work in healthcare, public health, not-for-profit leadership and social services are all fields that are in need of the core competencies in this new certificate.

What is community health investment?

Decades of structural racism and disinvestment have resulted in places of concentrated poverty and significant health inequity and community investment strategies with real impact on improving the social determinants of health are core to a new paradigm in community health investment.

Advisory Board

Dora Barilla

CHI Program Director and President and Co-Founder of HC2 Strategies, Inc.

Tyler Norris, MDiv

Chief Executive, Well Being Trust

Julie Trocchio

Senior Director of Community Benefit and Continuing Care, Catholic Health Association of the United States

Dr. Maria Hernandez

cofounder, LatinaVIDA

Laura Hardin

Senior Advisor, Camden Coalition’s National Center for Complex Social Needs

Dr. Rishi Manchanda

President & CO of HealthBegins

Angel Coaston

Executive Director of Clinical Affiliations and Academic Operations, Cal Baptist University School of Nursing

Contact Information


Frankie Lyons, Ed.D.

Associate Dean of Health Programs