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Population Health Equity


Advance Your Career with a Certificate in Population Health Equity


The health care industry is evolving as societal awareness of health inequities and racial disparities have been brought to the forefront in recent years. With the industry continuing to shift to value-based care, individuals who can make inverventions that improve population health and health equity outcomes will be in high demand. WGU's Population Health Equity Certificate is designed to prepare healthcare professionals to carry out population health interventions that align with value-based payment by addressing social determinants of health and the elimination of barriers to effective care outcomes.

Our robust training curriculum provides the health education foundation to help you become a qualified healthcare professional who is an advocate for advancing population health equity. You will develop skills and competencies that align with the organizational capabilities found in the Health Value Atlas and that will help prepare you to transform care delivery to a more financially accountable and outcomes-based healthcare model.

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  • Create an account to get registered* 
  • Go to the Population Health Equity program page  
  • Click the Buy Now button to secure your spot on the program and get started today! 

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Weekly time commitment 

5–10 hours

Learners should plan to dedicate 5–10 hours a week to the program. 

Program cost


Tuition covers all program costs. 

Program consists of

3 courses

The courses in this certificate program cover 10 competencies.

Developed In Partnership With:

As a leading healthcare data and analytics platform, Innovaccer recognizes the importance of reskilling the healthcare workforce to support the industry's transition to value and digital transformation. Technology is the crucial enabler, but it's people that take the actions that make a difference. Industry transformation requires a new workforce competency to deliver on the promise of value-based care. Without a workforce that is effectively reskilled, healthcare won't be able to leverage unified healthcare data, integrated workflows, and advanced analytics that can improve population health outcomes, bend the healthcare cost curve, and help eradicate inequities. To this end, Innovaccer has partnered with WGU to provide subject matter expertise in the development of a contemporized curriculum for scalable, high impact workforce development in healthcare. Innovaccer is also raising awareness of these programs to expand access for those wishing to advance their knowledge and career opportunities in an industry rapidly transitioning to value and pervasive digital engagement.

About Innovaccer

Innovaccer Inc., the Health Cloud company, is a leading San Francisco-based healthcare technology company committed to accelerating innovation in healthcare. The Innovaccer® Health Cloud unifies patient data across systems and settings, and empowers healthcare organizations to rapidly develop scalable, modern applications that improve clinical, operational, and financial outcomes. Innovaccer’s solutions have been deployed across more than 1,000 care settings in the U.S., enabling more than 37,000 providers to transform care delivery and work collaboratively with payers and life sciences companies. Innovaccer has helped organizations unify health records for more than 24 million people and generate more than $600 million in savings. Innovaccer is the #1 rated Data and Analytics Platform by KLAS, and the #1 rated population health technology platform by Black Book. For more information, please visit


Population Health Equity Courses

Value in healthcare begins and ends with the competency of the team. The courses in the Population Health Equity Certificate program are designed to support you in developing industry relevant skills and competencies for contributing to health promotion and improving population health equity to provide superior value-based care. The content is aligned with industry standards and is provided by respected leaders and subject matter experts in the field.  

The certificate program is a self-directed, competency-based program you can complete on your own schedule. We recommend dedicating 5–10 hours per week to successfully complete the program.  

The 3 courses and 10 competencies in this program are:

Unit 1: The Origins of Value-Based Care

Competency 1: The learner explains the factors that led to the emergence of value-based healthcare.

  • Module 1: US Healthcare Finance, Practice, and Outcomes
  • Module 2: The Impact of Traditional Reimbursement and Delivery
  • Module 3: Fee-For-Service vs. Value-based Care

Unit 2: Population Health Management

Competency 2: The learner analyzes principles and priorities of population health including social determinants of health and their relationship to health outcomes and healthcare costs.

  • Module 1: The Principles and Priorities of Population Health
  • Module 2: The Social Determinants of Health
  • Module 3: Healthcare and Public Health

Unit 3: Population Health Management within Value-Based Care

Competency 3: The learner assesses how population health management interventions can advance the objectives of organizations engaged in value-based care.

  • Module 1: Population Health Interventions
  • Module 2: Population Health Strategy

Unit 1: Data for Population Health Analysis

Competency 1: The learner creates working datasets for population health analysis.

  • Module 1: Evaluating Data Sources
  • Module 2: Addressing Data Sharing Concerns
  • Module 3: Establishing a Data Collection Plan
  • Module 4: Consolidating Data Sets

Unit 2: Performance Data Analysis

Competency 2: The learner analyzes patient and financial data to understand past performance.

  • Module 1: Using Metrics
  • Module 2: Analyzing for Historical Trends
  • Module 3: Comparative Analysis
  • Unit 3: Using Projections to Select Interventions

Competency 3: The learner evaluates possible health interventions based on projections of potential population health and financial outcomes.

  • Module 1: Intervention Selection
  • Module 2: Patient-Centered Interventions
  • Module 3: Estimating Intervention Impact
  • Unit 4: Evaluating Financial Impact

Competency 4: The learner analyzes data for evidence of the financial impact from an ongoing intervention.

  • Module 1: Analyzing Financial Data Trends

Unit 1: Collaborative Intervention Selection

Competency 1: The learner creates a plan to lead stakeholders in the selection of a population health intervention consistent with organizational goals via a collaborative decision-making process.

  • Module 1: Identifying Selection Criteria
  • Module 2: Collaborative Decision Making
  • Module 3: Innovative Care Approach Assessment

Unit 2: Planning an Intervention Implementation

Competency 2: The learner plans for the implementation of a population health intervention through strategic and interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • Module 1: Risk Planning
  • Module 2: Project Planning
  • Module 3: Partner Identification
  • Module 4: Performance Monitoring

Unit 3: Managing Implementation

Competency 3: The learner manages an interdisciplinary team through the implementation of a population health intervention.

  • Module 1: Communicating the Plan
  • Module 2: Adapting the Plan
  • Module 3: Change Management

Why WGU?


Top accreditations mean that your certificate is respected by employers and peers. You will get a quality education that is valuable in the industry with this value-based care program.

On Your Schedule

You can continue working at your full-time job or maintaining your responsibilities while earning your population health equity credential. You don't have to log in to classes and there aren't due dates. You are in charge of your program.

Alumni Network

When you enroll in a certificate program at WGU, you join an impressive network of healthcare professionals. Over 18,000 students earned healthcare degrees from WGU in 2020 alone, and are hard at work, changing the lives of patients and impacting communities.

Accredited, Respected,

One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized. 



An Affordable  Certificate

By charging per term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their programs.


Total cost

For this certificate program, there are no additional fees.


Here's What You Can Expect from This Health Equity Certificate Program

  • Learners must have access to internet and have a computer. 
  • You will take the proctored objective assessments and submit your performance assessment for evaluation by our WGU Evaluation team. You will have three attempts to pass the objective assessments. If you are unable to pass the objective assessment on the third attempt, you will be withdrawn from the program. 
  • The program’s orientation course will introduce you to the full program experience and prepare you for success.
  • This certificate program will be self-directed, similar to other WGU competency-based courses, allowing you to complete modules as quickly as you master the material. 
  • You are responsible for maintaining your pace toward completion and being self-directed in your coursework.
  • Learners should plan to dedicate 5–10 hours a week to the program. 

Are You a WGU Graduate?

Just like the courses in a WGU program, all courses in the Population Health Equity Certificate program will be competency-based, allowing you to complete modules as quickly as you master the material. Unlike a WGU bachelor's or master’s program, the certificate program does not include program mentors or course instructors. You are responsible for maintaining your pace toward completion and being self-directed in your coursework.


Real Results for Your Career in Healthcare

Upon completion of the certificate program, learners will be prepared to:

  • Lead and transform health program delivery in a more financially accountable, outcomes-based healthcare model focused on advancing population health educaton and health equity.
  • Guide their organizations through value-based care initiatives.
  • Apply core competencies in value-based care, health IT and analytics, and patient-centered models of care.

Upon demonstration of competency and successful completion of this certificate, learners will be awarded: 

  • 3 course badges
  • Program certificate
  • Program transcript
  • Designation as a Merkin Scholar—named in honor of Dr. Richard Merkin, a pioneer in value-based care.

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