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The Financial Management 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.

The course may be taken alone or as part of the CE Online Certificate in Public Health. It is completely online and self-paced.



  • 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.

Training Level

Tier 2 Management


This course is appropriate to anyone new to financial management and budgeting


Janet L. Place, MPH, 
USC Arnold School of Public Health


This course takes 1.5  to complete.


This course consists of audio, videos, assessments, activities, as well as additional resources. There are text transcripts within the lecture for accessibility.

Last Updated

August 2018


Learners will receive a 1.5-hour Certificate of Completion.

Council on Linkages Competencies

1A6. Gathers information that can inform options for policies, programs, and services
7A7. Provides information for development of contracts and other agreements for programs and services
6B4. Retrieves evidence from print and electronic sources.
7B1. Explains the structures, functions, and authorizations of governmental public health programs and organizations
7B2. Identifies government agencies with authority to impact the health of a community
7B4. Explains public health and health care funding mechanisms and procedures 
7B6. Prepares proposals for funding
7B8. Uses financial analysis methods in making decisions about policies, programs, and services

Technical Requirements

Windows: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)

Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)

Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Android OS 4.4 or later

Adobe Flash Player 10.3 or later plus any of these web browsers:

Windows: Internet Explorer 8 or later, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)

Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)


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