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  • Online Disability and Health Equity Policy Certificate Program

    Drexel University's online Disability and Health Equity Policy Certificate looks at disability policy from a public health perspective. Designed for advocates and professionals in a variety of fields, the program prepares you for leadership roles in supporting effective and equitable policy development, implementation, and evaluation.

    A key benefit of this program is its focus on public health. While most disability policy programs generally focus on education-specific policy, Drexel’s online Certificate in Disability and Health Equity Policy focuses on the impact of disability policy on the larger world. The goal of the program is to help professionals and advocates influence policy that impacts every facet of the lives of those with disabilities.

    Disability and Health Equity Policy Certificate Program Features

    • 12-credit fully online program
    • Taught by faculty from Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health
    • Credits can transfer to Drexel Dornsife’s MS and MPH programs
    • U.S. News & World Report ranks Drexel Dornsife in the top 15% nationwide for graduate schools of public health and #1 in Philadelphia
    • Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health is an accredited school of public health by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

    What Is Meant by Health Equity?

    According to the World Health Organization, health equity is “the absence of unfair and avoidable or remediable differences in health among population groups defined socially, economically, demographically, or geographically.” Drexel’s online Disability and Health Equity Policy Certificate gives you the tools to advocate for better treatment for those with disabilities in every aspect of society. Courses focus on areas like Medicaid and disability policy, maternal and child health policy, public policy and advocacy, developments in social justice, and more.

    Requirements for the Disability and Health Equity Policy Certificate Program

    You must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution to apply to this program. Please view the Admissions Criteria page for information on submitting your application and supporting documents.

    What Can I Do with a Disability and Health Equity Policy Certificate?

    Careers in Health Equity Policy
    Coupling this Certificate in Disability and Health Equity Policy with your previous education and current career provides the training and skills development you need to influence and lead in any position that supports individuals with disabilities, their families or caregivers, service providers, and program administrators and policymakers. This disability studies online program was designed to benefit self-advocates and those who are family members and/or caregivers of those with disabilities, as well as professionals in fields like:

    • City, state, or federal government roles
    • Law
    • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
    • Political science
    • Psychology
    • Public health
    • Social work

    Disability and Health Equity Policy Certificate Salary Expectations

    While salaries may vary depending on location and job titles, some common roles and salaries for professionals in this field include:

    • Health Educator and Community Health Worker - $46,910
    • Policy Analyst - $59,504
    • Social Worker - $50,470

    Disability and Health Equity Policy Certificate Program FAQs

    Can I transfer credits earned from the Disability and Health Equity Policy Certificate into the online MPH?
    Yes, credits earned in this certificate program can be transferred into any of Drexel’s online MS or MPH offerings.

    Is the program 100% online?
    All coursework in this program can be completed online, and there are no on-campus requirements.

    How long does it take to complete the certificate?
    This certificate can be completed in as little as one year.

    Related Programs

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period.

    Required Courses  
    HMP 660 Public Policy and Advocacy 3.0
    HMP 661 Disability and Measurement 3.0
    Choose two of the following: 6.0
    HMP 519 Maternal & Child Health Policy
    HMP 551 Historical and Contemporary Developments in Social Justice
    HMP 662 Medicaid and Disability Policy
    CHP 683 Intersectional Perspectives
    Total Credits   12.0

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Computer Requirements

    Working knowledge of and access to a personal computer (no more than 4 years old), high-speed connection to the Internet, and Microsoft Office applications.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2023-2024 is $1335 per credit.

    For the academic year 2023-2024, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates are available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2023-2024 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

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    Fall 2023

    September 26, 2023

    December 9, 2023

    December 11, 2023

    December 16, 2023

    Winter 2024

    January 8, 2024

    March 16, 2024

    March 18, 2024

    March 23, 2024

    Spring 2024

    April 1, 2024

    June 8, 2024

    June 10, 2024

    June 15, 2024

    Summer 2024

    June 24, 2024

    August 31, 2024

    September 3, 2024

    September 7, 2024


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