Public Health Leadership and Management, Certificate

About Public Health Leadership and Management

The 18-credit certificate program is ideal for health care professionals who are seeking career enhancement in the field of public health. Students learn to apply the principles of public health leadership, stewardship, and policy implementation to manage state and local health departments and various nonprofit organizational and community health program initiatives.

Curriculum Information

The program curriculum, including short descriptions of the required courses, is available in Mason's University Catalog. Courses are taught once a week in the late afternoon and evening. Occasionally, a course is offered on alternate Saturdays, and a few are offered online. The on-campus classes are primarily offered at the Fairfax Campus, but some are held at the Arlington Campus.


You can find information regarding the admissions process, requirements, deadlines, and fees on the Graduate Admissions for HAP Programs web site. Detailed admissions requirements for each program along with the online application can be found on the University Admissions web site.

Please contact the Department of Health Administration and Policy at or 703-993-1929 with all application questions. A summary of admissions requirements is listed below.

George Mason University Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to be considered.

George Mason University Admissions Standards

Admission to the program is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic background and any additional evidence of potential success in the program.

Program Admission Standards

If you are currently a graduate student enrolled in a degree program within the College of Health and Human Services, fill out a one-page application form to add a certificate as a secondary program of study. Please review Mason’s requirements for graduate certificates and then contact the Department Manager at or 703-993-1929 to obtain a copy of the application form.

Application Materials

The following are required to apply to George Mason University if you are not currently a graduate student enrolled in a degree program within the College of Health and Human Services.

Fall Deadline

April 1

Spring Deadline

November 1


Please visit our department’s FAQs for prospective students. If you still have unanswered questions, please email us or contact the program coordinator.

Tim Henderson

Tim Henderson
Assistant Professor
Phone: 703-993-1850