School of Public Health and Health Services
Department of Health Services Management and Leadership
Health Services Generalist Certificate for Community Health Center Managers
Merle Cunningham, MD, MPH
GW CHC Certificate Program Director
The Health Services Generalist Certificate for Community Health Center Leaders will develop leaders who possess the skills and knowledge necessary for executive positions in the unique environment of Community Health Centers.
This certificate program, closely affiliated with the GW Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy and with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), is designed in an executive format to respond to the growing demand for graduate training tailored to the needs of on-the-job administrative and clinical managers within the national community health center (CHC) movement. Course content has been guided by a national Advisory Group convened through NACHC to provide learners with the skills needed for successful CHC management. Through education, training and research in community health centers and the populations they serve, the Geiger Gibson Program at GWU shares the core mission of the community health center program to assure access to quality health care services for all and to eliminate health disparities.
The goal of the certificate program is to provide quality training for the next generation of CHC administrative and clinical leaders and to offer opportunities for continuous life-long learning and sharing best practices throughout the careers of graduates. Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Effectively manage organizational change and promote organizational and clinical excellence
- Manage the unique financing systems of community health centers
- Utilize health information technology to improve clinical and operational efficiencies and outcomes
- Effectively communicate within the organization and community
- Determine the needs of the population by working closely with the community