The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice surveyed the public health workforce in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington and identified a need for distance-based management training. With funding from the de Beaumont Foundation, and working closely with the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (another de Beaumont grantee), the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice developed and implemented a non-academic certificate program in public health management at the University of Washington School of Public Health. The curriculum, designed for mid-level public health managers, was delivered in a distance format and organized to develop competencies in managing people, resources, information, and teams. Graduates of the year-long program were awarded continuing education credits.
The goal of the Public Health Management Certificate was to improve the management skills of the public health workforce so they would use resources more effectively and increase their ability to bring in additional resources—ultimately resulting in stronger public health services and healthier communities.