University of South Carolina: Arnold School of Public Health

Public Health Financial Management

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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1.50 hours


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This course examines the financing of Public Health and the underlying issues that influence resource availability on the federal, state and local levels, including an overview of the grant writing process and the use of basic financial analysis tools, such as forecasting, common sizing and trend analysis. This course is appropriate to anyone new to financial management and budgeting.

There are three modules in this training that can be self-paced and each section takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. Learners can expect clear and digestible content with a diverse selection of knowledge assessments. 

The course may be taken alone or as part of the CE Online Certificate in Public Health. 

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017.

What You'll Learn

  • Discuss the importance of funding for public health
  • Describe major players and their roles in the budget process
  • Describe how grants and cooperative agreements are used to put appropriations into practice
  • Identify potential funding sources for grant proposals
  • Identify necessary elements of a good grant proposal
  • Identify key components of a budget for grant proposals
  • Describe key concepts for improving your chances for securing funding
  • Use common sizing to create a common ground to make judgments
  • Use trend analysis to compare data over several time periods
  • Make financial projections using forecasting skills

Related Occupations

Department/Bureau Director
Deputy Director
Grant & Contracts Specialist
Health Officer
Other Business Support Services
Public Health Agency Director
Public Health Manager/Program Manager