Graduate Certificate

Health Policy

College of Nursing

Program Overview

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers an online Health Policy Graduate Certificate for students interested in an interdisciplinary study of issues related to health and health care.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775



Admission Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Expand Your Nursing Career Into 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.

Featured Courses

Some courses in the Health Policy Graduate Certificate program are as follows:  

PUBH 526: Health Care & Public Health Systems

An examination of the U.S. healthcare system – including public (Medicaid, Medicare) and private components of healthcare delivery – and public health systems in the United States, at the federal, tribal, state, territorial, and local levels; historical and legal foundations of public health; U.S. healthcare and public health within a global context.

NURS 612: Health & Health Care Policy

Interdisciplinary examination of contemporary health, health problems and policy responses; public policy decision-making processes; and multi-stakeholder perspectives, roles, influence, and interactions.

NURS 614: Nursing Preceptorship

Individually designed, mutually beneficial practicum, field or internship experiences with a faculty and/or community member in a variety of settings/situations.

PUBH 520: Health Systems, Policy & Leadership

Exploration of public health and healthcare systems, health policy formulation, and associated implications for management and leadership.

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Ready to explore Health Policy in nursing?