Long-Term Care

Milken Institute School of Public Health

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The long-term care administration program focuses on broad health management issues, health services information applications and human resource management and organizational behavior. Our distinguished faculty members provide specialization in areas such as aging and disability, managing the skilled nursing facility, health promotion and aging, current policy issues in federal long-term care, long-term care finance, and policy and practice surrounding the provision of Alzheimer’s care.

The graduate certificate is offered through the Department of Health Services Management and Leadership, providing an emphasis on experiential learning and community service, research collaborations and relationships with policymaking and health care organizations in Washington, D.C.The program is tailored to the individual’s professional goals. An adviser is assigned to each student to develop an individualized program of study.

The 18-credit graduate certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program or it can be combined with any master’s degree in the Milken Institute School of Public Health to uniquely position graduates for careers that require both breadth and depth in public health knowledge.

With courses scheduled in the late afternoons and early evenings, our programs allow students to attain valuable career experience while they earn their degrees.

Admission Requirements


Fall – March15 (Applications must be complete by December 15 for priority scholarship consideration.)
Spring - October 1
Summer – December 15

Individuals interested in applying to this program should submit their application and supporting documents through SOPHAS, a general online application for schools of public health. A graduated fee is charged for this application, depending on the number of accredited schools to which you apply.

Standardized test scores:

GRE are not required for certificate programs

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be forwarded to SOPHAS in their original sealed envelopes directly from the institution.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of approximately 1500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. 

The Committee reviews your Statement of Purpose to determine your motivation for pursuing a career in public health and health services. 

International applicants only:

PLEASE NOTE that all programs in the Milken Institute School of Public Health require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0.
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based.
  • PTE Academic: 68.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
2nd Floor
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.2160 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday