The Graduate Certificate in Health Behavior Planning and Evaluation is a 15-credit program, offered by the Graduate Programs in Applied Health Behavior Research, providing enhanced training and skill development valuable to anyone wanting to develop, maintain, and evaluate health behavior and health education programs in clinical and community settings.

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The Certificate curriculum is focused on key applied and theoretical concepts in health behavior to provide specific educational opportunities for working professionals to expand their areas of expertise. The certificate also provides a foundation for program development and evaluation activities. Courses completed for the certificate count toward degree completion if students decide to pursue the master of science degree.

Classes are held at the Washington University School of Medicine campus after 4:00 pm, making this program convenient for working adults and graduate students.

Application deadlines

Year-round, rolling admissions. Flexible, with recommended deadlines:

  • Spring semester: Apply by November 15
  • Summer semester: Apply by April 15
  • Fall semester: Apply by June 15


The curriculum focuses on key applied and theoretical concepts in health behavior, as well as the processes needed for managing program development and evaluation activities in clinical and community settings.

Open Enrollment allows up to 6 hours (2 classes) of coursework for individuals who want to take courses as non-degree seeking students. Credits earned through the Open Enrollment option will count toward degree completion if students apply to the certificate or a master’s degree program later.

Core courses:

  • Project Management in Clinical and Community Settings (M88-508, 3 credits)
  • Health Behavior Theory (M88-514, 3 credits)
  • Health Education: Methods, Planning and Evaluation (M88-536, 3 credits)
  • Evaluation of Health Services Programs (M88-582, 3 credits)

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Recommended electives:

  • Health Psychology (M88-515, 3 credits)
  • Health Disparities: Applications in Clinical Settings (M88-535, 3 credits)
  • Community Health Promotion (M88-540, 3 credits)
  • Applied Data Management (M88-548, 3 credits)

Tuition & Assistance

Tuition for the 2020-2021 Academic Year is $1,380 per credit for Medical School Graduate Programs. New tuition rates always begin on July 1 of each year.