Certificate Overview

Budgeting and financial management has been identified as the top training need in the public health workforce with 55% of the workforce indicating a gap in this strategic skill (PHWINS.org).  Formal training in health departments to support workers in the development of this skill set is generally lacking.   To address this issue, the University of Miami and the de Beaumont Foundation have partnered to develop the Building Expertise in Administration & Management (BEAM) certificate program for public health professionals interested in advancing their careers by learning fundamental public health business skills. The course addresses:

  • Strategic Problem Definition:  Students learn how to understand the nature of problems for improved resource allocation.  
  • Budget: Students learn how to develop budgets by allocating staff and financial resources to increase the achievement of program goals and outcomes.
  • Procurement:  Students learn the procurement process including the federal, state and organizational rules and guidelines that exist for allocating funds to external entities to achieve program goals. 
  • Contracts:  Students learn about contract development and execution including the development of a specific scope of work and outcomes-based expectations.
  • Contract Monitoring: Students learn the contract monitoring process which includes analyzing, reporting on, and documenting a contractor’s performance.
  • Financial Health: Students learn about the importance of a program’s financial health to the financial health of the organization.

Specifically, BEAM certificate program offers:

  • A 20-hour, online, asynchronous course, giving students the flexibility to complete the lessons at their own pace and on their own schedule.
  • A reduced program fee for governmental public health employees and currently enrolled students of public health.