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Health Justice Certificate

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Health Justice Certificate Program Overview

Education with a Focus on Meeting Industry Changes

The study of health justice introduces students to the concepts that build and surround medical-legal partnerships. In recent years, medical-legal partnership has expanded across the country to embrace a grass-roots healthcare reform movement. Medical-legal partnership expands the healthcare team to include lawyers to solve medical problems that have a legal cause. These medical problems often stem from the social determinants of health including: income inequalities, adequate housing concerns, education and employment medical hurdles, determining legal status for immigrants and veterans, and implementing protective measures such as guardianships for children and the elderly to name a few. Lawyers and medical professionals are uniquely positioned to advocate for patients and clients to improve healthcare outcomes and potentially cut healthcare costs. Students will be poised to make a lasting impact on healthcare policies and practices essential to our current time. This material is applicable to students across law, policy, healthcare, psychology, social work, and public health.

Coursework includes discussion of legal remedies for social determinants of health, improving cross-discipline communication, identification of policy change to improve population health and serve the poor and vulnerable. As students explore and discover the connections between poverty, law, disease, and healthcare infrastructure they can be better equipped to produce effective change to improve the health of their communities. This program will provide invaluable understanding for leaders in healthcare and law.

Program Details

Program Description

In the Health Justice Certificate Program, students will explore population health related challenges and the possibilities of Medical-Legal Interventions. The certificate program begins with an introduction to Population Health. This is followed by an exploration of health inequities and social epidemiology.  Next is a study of Health Justice where the social determinants of health and indicators for medical legal partnerships are examined. Collaborative approaches to improving the health of communities through policy advocacy will be explored.  The final Advocacy in Action Capstone seminar highlights how Health Justice grass root approaches can change the healthcare landscape.

The certificate blends theory and application with a goal of preparing students to serve as organizational resources for medical-legal interventions as part of population and community health efforts. Students will be encouraged to identify a specific area of interest as they begin coursework, and incorporate interests into assignments.  This strategic approach can result in a valuable portfolio of resources, data and advocacy statements, as well as visual and oral presentations that will be the cumulative work product.

Program Objectives
  1. Recognize indicators for medical-legal interventions.
  2. Investigate social determinants of health, epidemiology, and health inequities.
  3. Synthesize information about health inequities, social determinants, and epidemiology to create intervention strategies.
  4. Demonstrate skills in searching and evaluating literature to facilitate evidence-based decision making.
  5. Create and evaluate approaches to medical legal interventions.
  6. Apply persuasive writing and oral communication techniques to advocate for legislative change.

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

Program Entry Requirements
  • Students must have completed a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Seats are limited. Preference will be given to lawyers and 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 Health Justice
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.

Advisory Board

Traci Rooks, JD, CHC

Investigator for Providence Risk and Integrity Services

Briana J. Goehring, BBM, CHC

Compliance Manager for Providence Risk and Integrity Services

Andrea Chatburn, DO, MA, HEC-C

Regional Director for Ethics, Providence St Joseph Health, Eastern Washington and Montana

Zaida C. Rivera, Esq.

Immigration Attorney

Kathy Jensen

Attorney at Northwest Justice Project

Application & Course Information

Application Information
  • 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.
    For questions email: healthprograms@uprovidence.edu
Health Justice Certificate Courses

Semester I (6 credits)
MHA 504 Health Justice (Medical-Legal Partnership) – First 8-week term
MHA 508 Health Inequities & Social Epidemiology – Second 8-week term

Semester II (4 credits)
MHA 518 Evidence-based Management for Healthcare Leaders – First 8-week term
MHA 521 Population Health –A Community Orientation – Second 8-week term

Semester III (6 credits)
MHA 525 Transformational Leadership – First 8-week term
MHA 528 Health Justice Advocacy in Action – Second 8-week term

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