Registration is now open for the first online business certificate program created by public health professionals for public health professionals. Information is available at www.beamskills.com.

Developed by the University of Miami, the de Beaumont Foundation, and other experts in business and public health, Building Expertise in Administration & Management (BEAM) offers public health professionals practical skills in budgeting, finance, and management.

“We believe the BEAM course will improve the skills, efficiency, and impact of public health professionals and their organizations,” said Roderick K. King, associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences in the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. “We have been proud to partner with the de Beaumont Foundation to fill this important need in public health.”

Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, said, “People in public health are skilled in their particular areas of expertise, but public health schools don’t teach many skills that are vital in organizations that are required to do more with less. The BEAM course was designed specifically to meet the needs of public health agencies and nonprofits, by people who have hands-on experience in the field.”

The course:

  • Is self-paced and interactive, featuring real-world challenges through videos and other engaging content.
  • Can be completed in 15 to 20 hours.
  • Covers strategic problem definition, budgeting, procurement, contracts, contract management, and financial health.
  • Is affordably priced at $500, with discounts available for six or more registrations.

Among public health professionals who have taken a pilot course, 100 percent said the learning objectives were useful for their job, the course was worth the time commitment, and they plan to use their new skills in their current job. More than 90 percent said they felt more confident in their work after taking the course.

Registration and other information are available at www.beamskills.com.

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