Community Health Investment Certificate

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Community Health Investment Certificate Program Description

In the Community Health Investment certificate program, students will explore health equity, and social determinants to develop a broad understanding of population health and identify collaborative opportunities for healthcare providers and community-based partners. Course work includes 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 that include pay for success, and socially responsible investing principles.

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). During the capstone course, students will be involved in creating, implementing or evaluating a community health advancement program or project.


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.


  • 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


The CHI Certificate Program is led by members of the Providence Community Health Investment team. These distinguished executives include:

Dora Barilla, DrPH, MPH, CHES Group Vice President, Community Health Investment
Dana Codron, Regional Director Community Health Investment – Northern California
Tavia Hatfield, M Ed, Regional Director Community Health Investment – Texas and New Mexico


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 ( 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.


  • Application deadline: July 20, 2020.
  • Registration deadline July 30, 2020.
  • Deadline for Spring 2021 entry will be posted in summer 2020.


  • Application: Complete the online application – Click Here
  • 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: There is a $50 application fee for the certificate.
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  • 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.


  • Tuition Cost: $641 per credit hour
  • The program has a non-refundable required tuition deposit of $50 to secure admission into the program. This deposit will be applied to the first tuition bill.
  • Textbooks costs vary by course, please check the University of Providence online bookstore for up to date lists, ISBNs, and costs


  • 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.


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


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