Graduate Certificate

Course Delivery: Online

 Total Credits: 15

Tuition: $14,700

 Duration: 1 year


Our online Graduate Certificate in Correctional Health Administration (CHA) will help you develop a solid foundation and the critical training required for a career in correctional health care administration. Earn your certificate with confidence knowing that you'll be prepared to manage a health care delivery system that is effective and financially sustainable while meeting the needs of incarcerated patients.

You'll learn to:

  • Design a health care services plan for incarcerated patient populations that meets diverse needs and is constitutional, evidenced-based and fiscally prudent
  • Develop value-based strategies to mitigate risks and improve clinical outcomes
  • Lead a correctional health care team and engage internal and external stakeholders
  • Establish scope of services, meet staffing needs, manage budget and oversee public relations needs

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online, no visits to campus required
  • This program is one of the first in the nation designed to prepare students to enter a correctional health care setting as a health care administrator
  • The course curriculum was designed by Newton E. Kendig, MD, clinical professor of medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and retired medical director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • The program requires 15 total credits and can be finished in 12 months

Who is the Ideal Student for this Program?

This program is ideal for current correctional health administrators who are interested in advancing their career and taking on a more challenging role in health services delivery. Students who are new to the field will be prepared to serve in an internship as an assistant correctional health administrator in a U.S. jail or prison.

The program is delivered completely online, meaning you can work around your current professional commitments and earn your certificate in one year on your own schedule.

Correctional Health Administration Career Outlook

In late 2017, health care surpassed both manufacturing and retail as the largest employer in the United States due, in part, to its ability to resist economic downturns.1 Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is more than double the average rate of growth for all other occupations.2

With your Correctional Health Administration graduate certificate, you'll be prepared to take on several leadership roles in correctional health:

  • Health Care Administrator, median salary $64,4193
  • Health Services Administrator, median salary $71,6854
  • Director, Nursing, median salary $81,9615
  • Director of Health Services, median salary $77,1026