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Regulatory Policy and Health Systems

Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Policy and Health Systems

Drawing from courses in the Public Policy & Administration and Regulatory Compliance programs, this certificate combines the theory and practice of public policy with a specific focus on regulatory policy from the perspectives of both those who must develop and implement policies and those organizations and industries that must comply with them. The public policy courses provide an overview of the many facets of the U.S. regulatory policy environment, while the regulatory compliance courses address the specific legal, ethical, and operational issues that the health and life sciences fields must contend with in complying with regulations meant to protect patients and consumers.

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About the Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Policy and Health Systems

Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Policy and Health Systems Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the  Regulatory Policy and Health Systems certificate, students will be able to:

  • Understand and articulate what “political” and “public policy” mean and how public policy is made at the national, state, and local levels (“Scope and Theory of Public Policy”)
  • Develop a theoretical and technical understanding of demographic tools to analyze population dynamics and how this influences national and global health, as well as regional and national policy (“Demography, Global Health and Policy”)
  • Understand, articulate, and assess the political debates around regulatory policy and approaches to regulation
  • Develop policy solutions to address various regulatory problems using standard regulatory tools and best practices.
  • Explore the healthcare laws, regulations, statutes, policy guidance and enforcement initiatives that serve as a framework for healthcare compliance
  • Apply appropriate theories of risk management, risk communication, decision management, and crisis management in the life sciences industry to anticipate and avoid risk and hazards, and manage those that arise in a holistic manner
  • Learn about the global and domestic regulatory landscape governing regulated industries, particularly in the life sciences

Regulatory Policy and Health Systems Curriculum

Students are required to complete the following four courses to earn the certificate:

  • MSRC 401 Quality Systems for Regulatory Compliance
  • HC_COM 410 Healthcare Regulatory Environment
  • MPPA 407 Scope and Theory of Public Policy

or

  • MPPA 490 Special Topics: Demography, Global Health & Policy
  • MPPA 435 Regulatory Policy

Review curriculum details while you consider applying to this program. Current students should refer to the curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.

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Regulatory Policy and Health Systems Admission

A variety of factors are considered when your application is reviewed. Background and experience vary from student to student. For a complete list of requirements, see the Regulatory Policy and Health Systems Certificate Admission page.

Regulatory Policy and Health Systems Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Policy and Health Systems program at Northwestern is comparable to similar US programs. Financial aid opportunities exist for students at Northwestern. Complete details can be found on the Regulatory Policy and Health Systems Certificate Tuition and Financial Aid page.

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Regulatory Policy and Health Systems Faculty

Instructors in the Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Policy and Health Systems program at Northwestern are leading scholars and practitioners in their field. They bring real-world experiences to the classroom and engage with students on a personal level. Get to know the instructors on our Regulatory Policy and Health Systems Faculty page.

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