Certificates are offered to persons who are interested in acquiring a specialized set of skills and may or may not choose to continue in a degree program. Certificates offered in Health Management and Policy, Health Education and Promotion, and Disaster Management appeal to mid-career professionals and to students new to the field of public health. Hours earned in certificate programs are transferable to the MPH degree program if the student meets degree admission requirements.
The Certificate in Health Management and Policy is designed for those who are currently working in management positions or at the policy level or to those who would like to move into administrative positions. The certificate program requires a total of 16 credit hours in the areas of management, finance, accounting, regulation and law, policy and marketing. Courses may be taken in any order.
The Certificate in Health Education and Promotion provides or strengthens the skill sets of persons interested in improving the health of communities through a population-based approach.The program requires 16 credit hours in the areas of health research methods, community health analysis, health and risk communication, and health behavior and biology. Courses may be taken in any order.
The Certificate in Disaster Management provides the skills necessary to meet the challenge of planning for, mitigating, and recovering from natural and manmade disasters. The program requires 16 credit hours in the areas of assessment and mitigation of natural and man-made disasters, the sociology of response to disasters, risk communication and regulation. Courses may be taken in any order.